10 things in tech you need to know today

Larry Page, CEO of Google's parenting company Alphabet.

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Larry Page, CEO of Google’s parenting company Alphabet.
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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to start your Wednesday.

1. Google’s Arts & Culture app has become the most downloaded app in Apple’s App Store. One feature, which is currently only available in the US, matches a person’s face with famous paintings and has gone viral over the past two days.

2. Kaspersky Lab said that it found an Android spying app. The malware, said to come from Italian vendors, relies on five distinct exploits to gain root access, and can go as far as stealing WhatsApp messages.

3. A China Labor Watch report has found that some workers at Catcher’s iPhone factory worked around noxious chemicals without the proper equipment. Both Apple and Catcher have denied the allegations.

4. Google and edtech firm Coursera have launched a program to train IT support professionals. Google subsidised and coded the program, which is already available in the US for $49 (£35) a month.

5. Instacart has acquired the Toronto-based coupon and voice-shopping startup Unata. Sources told Bloomberg that the deal totals about $65 million (£47 million).

6. Collaboration software provider Smartsheet has acquired the UK-based startup Converse.AI. The company, which focuses primarily on artificial intelligence (AI), lets its customers build chatbots to automate business processes.

7. Ride-hailing service Lyft announced that it opened its Concierge service to organisations of all sizes. The feature, first launched in 2016, allows businesses schedule rides for employees.

8. Uber announced that drivers in the UK will be compelled to take a six-hour break following 10 hours of work. The move has come after numerous complaints about the company’s management of excessive working hours.

9. In a new report, Gartner said that companies will collectively spend up to $3.7 trillion (£2.7 trillion) in IT. The major investments will be led by new technologies such as the blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and AI.

10. Netflix said that it’s “still exploring” the possibility of bringing its service to Nintendo’s Switch console. There is no official date as of yet, but Netflix changed its initial position, in which it said that there were “no plans.”