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10 things in tech you need to know today

Andrew Burton/GettyTumblr’s CEO and founder, David Karp, is stepping down.

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. David Karp, the CEO and founder of Tumblr, is leaving the company. He sent an email to staff to announce his departure, saying that the decision came “after months of reflection on [his] personal ambition.”

2. Facebook is rolling out an artificial intelligence-based feature that aims to recognise suicidal posts and flag them before they are reported. Initial tests in the US will be followed by a global rollout in the coming weeks, with the exception of the EU.

3. Japanese investment giant SoftBank is reportedly looking into buying Uber shares at a 30% discount. It would buy secondary shares at a $US48 billion (£36 billion) valuation, as opposed to Uber’s most recent $US69 billion (£52 billion) valuation, and also invest an additional $US1 billion (£750 million) at a $US69 billion valuation.

4. Google is releasing a beta for a new version of Android, 8.1. The update, still based on Oreo, will enable the custom chip built inside its most recent Pixel phones, the “Visual Core,” which will improve the phone’s HDR algorithms and overall camera capabilities.

5. Snapchat is testing new filters that change depending on the subject. The new contextual filters and borders change based on the photo’s context, and can recognise a few categories like pets, sports, and food.

6. YouTube’s search auto-fill function was found to surface disturbing results. Some of them included things like “How to have s*x with your kids,” and the company has announced that it’s working to fix the problem.

7. WeWork is reportedly acquiring Meetup. It was revealed in an internal email sent by Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman.

8. New research by analyst firm Canalys has revealed that virtual reality headsets’ shipments have surpassed 1 million for the first time. Sony, Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC have taken the top spots, with 490k+, 210k, and 160k headsets sold respectively.

9. YouTube Go, the lightweight version of YouTube developed for emerging markets, has left its beta program. The full-fledged app is now available in various countries, including India and Indonesia.

10. Microsoft’s Skype will stop accepting Facebook as a valid log-in method onto its platform starting January 1. The move comes as part of a company-wide effort to push user towards a single Microsoft account sign-on across all of its products and services.

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