10 things in tech you need to know today

The cofounder of Pilot AI is facing legal action for a lewd story about Burning Man.

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The cofounder of Pilot AI is facing legal action for a lewd story about Burning Man.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Amazon is hinting that it has a new plan to make boatloads of money from Alexa. The company’s focus now seems to increasingly be turning to using voice assistant, Alexa, as a platform to trial digital subscriptions like music and video streaming.

2. Apple has removed the entire libraries of five ofInfoWars‘ six podcasts from iTunes, according to BuzzFeed. The company said Alex Jones’ podcasts violated its hate speech guidelines.

3. Thousands of Uber drivers in Australia logged off for more than an hour on Monday. The Guardian reported that drivers want Uber to stop using upfront pricing and go back to paying them for the actual time and distance they travel.

4. iPhone supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. shut down its factories after a virus attack, Bloomberg reports. The slowdown comes at a critical time for the company, as many tech firms are working to release their next generation of products this fall.

5. The uproar over how “Fortnite” is being released for Android shows how much we have acquiesced to Apple’s way of doing business. Epic Games announced Friday that it won’t distribute the Android version of “Fortnite: Battle Royale” through Google’s Play Store, and it shows we’ve all bought into the app-store model.

6. Facebook employees are obsessed with the foxes that hang out on their office roof. Workers have an internal channel where they share photos of the foxes, while social media is awash with adorable images of the furry critters.

7. Korean electronics giant LG is having to change to compete with Silicon Valley. The company is opening artificial intelligence labs around the world, while employees no longer have to wear ties.

8. The cofounder of $23 million startup Pilot AI has been accused of taking off his pants and telling a lewd story about Burning Man in front of a female employee. In a new lawsuit, Elliot English is accused of describing an anal sex workshop he took at Burning Man, hosted by a famous porn star.

9. The cofounder of $4 billion startup Credit Karma used to work in Pizza Hut. Ten years ago, Nichole Mustard sold her house, took a 60% pay cut, and moved her family across the country to found Credit Karma.

10. Academics created a periodic table of mind-blowing tech, and it’s a handy guide to how the world will change forever. Academics at Imperial Tech Foresight created the table, which is designed to be a visual conversation starter about where the world is going.

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