10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to start your week.

1. Google is “actively investigating” the problems that are plaguing the display of its Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Numerous reports from multiple users over the past week complained about things such as bad colour accuracy and screen burn-in.

2. Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 phone is already dropping in price. The firm set up by the creator of Android reduced the price from $US699 (£530) to $US499 (£380), and is offering $US200 (£150) in “Essential points” for all early buyers.

3. Google is planning to share revenue with partners that get new subscribers via its new targeting tools. The company will use its collection of data to help media companies to target potential new customers, and get a cut of the new subscription whenever a deal is successful.

4. Hiya has raised $US18 million (£13.6 million) from its Series A funding. The company, which is a spinout of Whitepages, raised the money to work on its smart caller ID technology.

5. Fleet vehicle management startup Automile has raised money for its vehicle tracking technology. The Series B round, led by Venture Partners, brought in $US34 million (£25.7 million) to expand the company’s operations in the US.

6. Tech evangelist Robert Scoble has reportedly continued to harass women even after going sober. A number of women TechCrunch spoke to refer to Scoble acting inappropriately even after 2015, when he allegedly stopped drinking.

7. Bitcoin broke above $US6,000 (£4,540) for the first time over the weekend. It also hit $US100 billion (£75 billion) in value for the first time in history.

8. Jain Zaffer, CEO of mobile ad firm Vungle, has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, lewd act upon a child, and more. The company’s board immediately removed Zaffer from the role, and voted to replace him.

9. Google is officially launching its simplified payment “Pay with Google” service. The system works with a number of partners, such as Fancy and Instacart, while others like Airbnb and Deliveroo are coming “soon.”

10. Google launched a new program to look for vulnerabilities in third party apps on the Play Store. The firm will pay researchers who find problems in applications that populate its digital store.

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