10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Facebook said that 10 million people saw Russia-linked ads on its platform. The admission came after Facebook representatives met with US lawmakers on Monday.

2. Snapchat was trying to build excitement for a mystery announcement, but totally blew it with a simple error. Its countdown clock could be bypassed by changing your computer’s clock — and it revealed an announcement with artist Jeff Koons.

3. Tesla completely missed its goal for Model 3 production in September. It produced just 260 of its Model 3 sedans in the third quarter — CEO Elon Musk said in August that the company planned to produce 1,500 Model 3 cars in September.

4. Uber’s most senior executive in the UK, Jo Bertram, has announced that she is leaving the company. Her departure comes as Uber faces a fight with Transport for London to retain its licence to operate in the city.

5. Microsoft is killing its Spotify competitor and will partner with Spotify instead. Groove Music Pass will close on December 31.

6. Goldman Sachs is reportedly in the early stages of setting up a bitcoin trading operation. “In response to client interest in digital currencies we are exploring how best to serve them in this space,” a spokesperson said.

7. An image showing the front of the Google Pixel 2 XL has seemingly been posted online. Google is scheduled to reveal the device in a press event on Wednesday.

8. eMarketer cut Snapchat’s projected revenue for 2017 by $US128 million (£96 million). The advertising research firm lowered its 2017 US ad revenue forecast for Snap from $US770 million (£581 million) to $US642.5 million (£484 million).

9. Google is going to stop punishing news sites that have paywalls. It used to have a policy called “First Click Free” that required sites that had paywalls to allow users to click through to a certain number of free articles a day via search.

10. Google touted 4chan threads which incorrectly named the Las Vegas shooter. Threads from the message board site named an innocent man as the suspect and were featured prominently in Google’s search results.

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