10 things in tech you need to know today

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

1. Apple confirmed its pending acquisition of British music recognition startup Shazam. A spokesman said Shazam would combine with Apple Music.

2. A former Facebook executive said social networks were “destroying” how society works. Chamath Palihapitiya worked on user growth at Facebook until 2011, and said he felt “tremendous guilt” about what he had helped create.

3. Google has launched three experimental photo apps that draw on technologies it is developing. The Storyboard app turns your photos into a comic strip, Selfissimo! takes automated black-and-white selfies, and Scrubbies creates looping video.

4. Uber London will have to wait until spring 2018 – or even summer – to appeal losing its operating licence for the capital. London’s transport regulator suspended Uber’s licence in September, and the ride-hailing firm is challenging the decision in court.

5. The chief executive of Silicon Valley food startup Soylent, Rob Rhinehart, is out. He has handed the reins to president Bryan Crowley, and will stay on as executive chairman.

6. Apple will now let iOS users “pre-order” upcoming apps on their devices. Customers can see a developer’s product page on iTunes, pre-order a pending app, and then it will automatically download to their device.

7. A group of ex-employees from Gawker, the now defunct gossip site, have launched a Kickstarter to try and buy back Gawker.com. The group wants to relaunch the publication, though cofounder Nick Denton is not involved.

8.South Korea has reportedly clamped down immediately on bitcoin futures, preventing local firms from handling transactions. Bitcoin futures launched on Sunday night on Canada’s Cboe exchange.

9.The city of Paris launched a crackdown on Airbnb, asking the home rentals site to remove 1,000 listings not registered with the French capital’s authorities. If it doesn’t comply, the city will launch legal action.

10. China’s equivalent to Google, Baidu, now offers a service that lets you see if your website is banned in China. It can also tell you which parts of your site are loading slowly or failing to display at all.