10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Federal prosecutors are investigating the Chinese electronics giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US companies. One such incident includes Huawei supposedly stealing robotic technology that T-Mobile uses to test its smartphones, according to the report. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly made millions of dollars by renting office space in buildings that he partially owns to his company, according to a Wall S...
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A company that makes 'smart pills' that track when you take your medicine and how active you are is now expanding into cancer

A digital medicine company called Proteus makes 'smart pills' embedded with sensors that tell your doctor when you've taken your medication. The pills also track activity levels. Backed by big name investors like Novartis, Proteus debuted the first medication made with the technology — a form of the depression and schizophrenia drug Abilify — in 2017. Now, Proteus is expanding into cancer. Still, the research on whether the pills actually help patients take their medications when they should r...
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Oil behemoths join Shell and friends on energy trading blockchain

The centuries-old, paper-based trading process of the oil and gas industry was overhauled last year, courtesy of the blockchain and an industry consortium originally including Shell, BP, ABN Amro, ING, and Societe Generale. The industry platform, called VAKT, announced yesterday that a host of new petrochemical and oil giants – including Chevron, Total, and Reliance – are joining the likes of Shell and jumping aboard the energy trading platform, Reuters reports. Traditionally, the buying and sel...
Tags: Startups, Shell, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Reuters, Societe Generale, Hard Fork, Shell BP ABN Amro ING, Vakt, Chevron Total and Reliance

Bitcoin theft victim sues AT&T for $224M after SIM-swap bungle

Nicolas Truglia, the infamous cryptocurrency con-man already arrested for stealing $1 million in digital assets, is now being sued for a further $81 million by another one of his victims. Court documents allege Truglia worked with a crew of 25 unnamed individuals to steal $24 million in cryptocurrency from Michael Terpin, an early Bitcoin investor, reports the Register. Terpin is also reportedly suing AT&T for $224 million, citing gross negligence that led to his financial loss. In total, Trugli...
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Facebook ousts hundreds of fake news accounts tied to Russia

Facebook today removed multiple accounts, Pages, groups, and Instagram profiles that were related to Russian networks. The accounts in question were masquerading as news organizations and interest pages to spread misinformation. The pages and accounts were linked to employees of defamed Russian state publication Sputnik, which was previously downranked by Google for spreading false information. These accounts ran seemingly legit news and general-interest pages related to topics like sports and t...
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IRS calling back half its employees to process returns and issue taxpayer refunds

IRS headquarters image by Kari Bluff via Flickr Creative Commons The Internal Revenue Service has some good news for taxpayers and sort of good news for its staff. The agency is calling back more than half — specifically, 46,052 or almost 55 percent of its more than 80, 265 — employees. These are workers who, according to the updated government shutdown contingency plan issued Jan. 15 by the Treasury Department, are necessary for the IRS "to continue return processing activities to the ex...
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China wants to launch to Mars next year — part of an ambitious plan to bring the first Martian soil samples back to Earth

China recently landed the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon and plans to launch a lunar sample-return mission at the end of the year. The China National Space Administration is also working on a robotic Mars mission that is scheduled to launch in mid-2020 and arrive in early 2021. If successful, that mission could enable future Mars missions to bring pristine samples of the red planet's soil and rocks back to Earth by 2030. China just landed a robotic mission on the far side of the...
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The 2 most popular Xbox One consoles are on sale at Amazon and Walmart for close to their Black Friday prices

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle and Xbox One X are back on sale at Amazon and Walmart for close to their Black Friday prices. Both consoles can play the same games, use the same accessories, and have almost all of the same features. The key difference is that the Xbox One X can play games at 4K instead of HD. Another factor to con...
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Everyone's favorite flip phone from the early 2000s is getting a 2019 makeover — with a foldable display

Lenovo is reportedly planning to release a new Motorola Razr phone with a foldable display as soon as February. The new Motorola Razr will cost about $1,500, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Motorola's fabled Razr flip phone that was first released in 2004 is getting a 2019 makeover with a foldable display, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 2019 model is the result of an exclusive partnership between Lenovo — Motorola's parent company — and Verizon. Only 200,000 units of the...
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5 Traits Every Leader Should Have to Achieve Hero Leadership

Guest post  from  Jeffrey Hayzlett: What’s leadership? What makes for an effective leader? The answers to both these questions are relative to every organization -- big or small. There is no one set of rules that makes for an effective leader, but leadership encompasses a slew of characteristics and different people embody different sets of traits. The fact of the matter is, some people become good leaders and others don’t.   For me, a good leader isn’t someone who just tells o...
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5 things to know about workplace retirement plan hardship withdrawals

The current, and longest-ever, federal government shutdown has made it painfully clear that many of Uncle Sam's employees don't have an emergency savings cushion. They are not alone. A study released last summer found that only about a quarter of all Americans across nearly all ages and generations have no savings whatsoever in an emergency fund. Just more than a quarter of U.S. residents, 29 percent, had saved enough to cover six months' worth of living expenses. When people do save, they tend...
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Melinda Gates reveals a disturbing US trend that will be highlighted in her 2019 annual letter

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting ready to unveil their annual letter for 2019. This year, Gates told Business Insider that one of the topics highlighted will be the disturbing rising trend of maternal deaths in the US. Each year, 700 women die due to pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. The rate per 100,000 births is steadily going up, and it's the worst of any developed country. The US has the worst death rate for women during childbirth of any developed country. More than 700 w...
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Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000 churches

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine’s parliament has adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian church was granted independence. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople earlier this month granted independence to a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church, formally severing its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian parliament […]
Tags: Business, News, Ukraine, Nation, Russian Orthodox Church, Minsk, Belarus AP, Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Snap's CFO is bolting. Here's what Wall Street is saying about a 'clear negative' for the company (SNAP)

Snap shares plunged Wednesday after the company said CFO Tim Stone was leaving to "pursue other opportunities." The announcement marked the second CFO exit in eight months, and is the latest in a slew of key executive departures over the past year. The reaction from Wall Street analysts who cover Snap was largely negative. At least one firm lowered its investment recommendation on the stock. Watch Snap trade live. Snap said late Tuesday its CFO was leaving the company, an announcement that s...
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2019 was supposed to be a banner year for IPOs, but now it's turning into a 's---show'

This year was supposed to be the year of the unicorn initial public offering, with massively funded private startups like Uber, Lyft, and Slack all preparing to go public. Now, just two weeks into the year, bankers say it's turning into a "s---show." The federal-government shutdown has left the Securities and Exchange Commission closed, which means most companies cannot move forward with going public. Market volatility is also creating an unstable environment for soon-to-be-public companies. ...
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What Your Customers Want From Your Company this Year

The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to set goals for your company and make decisions on where to invest your time and money. Satisfied customers come back to your business in the future and tell others what they love about your brand. Figuring out what your customers want builds your business on multiple levels. In a study of consumers, researchers learned customers value a positive experience so much that by the year 2020, customer experience (CX) will become even more important th...
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Google will raise prices on its G Suite for the first time ever, as competition with Microsoft Office 365 heats up (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.  Starting on April 2nd, The cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12. Google justified the 20% increase for its Basic and Business Editions by saying that it has not updated prices since introducing G Suite over a decade ago, while its product offering has gro...
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The 25 most valuable American startups that died last year

The biggest startup flameout last year was Theranos, the embattled medical technology company that raised almost $1 billion in its lifetime.  Using data from PitchBook, these are the 25 most valuable American startups that died in 2018. Having millions of dollars in backing from venture capitalists doesn't guarantee the longevity of a startup. Even well-established private companies are at constant risk of failure, as evidenced by some of the startups that went out of business last year. Pitc...
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Google's cheaper Pixel 3 'Lite' is totally leaked in a new video and comes with one of the most important features from the $800 Pixel 3 (GOOG, GOOGL)

A new video supposedly shows off the new Pixel 3 Lite mid-range smartphone from Google.  The Pixel 3 Lite is said to be a cheaper version of the regular Pixel 3 phones that Google released in October last year.  One of the biggest features on the Pixel 3 Lite is the same camera as the regular Pixel 3, which is often touted as having the best camera on any smartphone.  If the Pixel 3 Lite exists, it appears to be completely, totally, and utterly leaked in a new video from YouTube channel Andro...
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LIVE: Netflix reports its Q4 earnings now (NFLX)

Netflix will report its Q4 earnings on Thursday after the market closes, just days after unleashing its biggest price hike ever, which increased its most popular plan from $11 per month to $13. Wall Street is expecting results roughly in line with Netflix's guidance. But all eyes will be on Netflix's subscriber growth this quarter, as well as its guidance for the next, as a sign of whether the price hike will hurt the streamer. Netflix often swings wildly after earnings. But the stock has been ...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Netflix's stock fell after a slight Q4 revenue miss and solid subscriber-growth numbers. The results came just days after Netflix unleashed its biggest price hike ever, which increased its most popular plan from $11 per month to $13 per month. Facebook is restructuring its augmented reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch. Facebook is moving hundreds of employees to a new product-focused augmented reality group as...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Trends, Netflix, United States, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, Seattle, Donald Trump, Huffington Post

Dispute over rules riles California’s legal pot market

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has finalized its rules governing the nation’s largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults. But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the hundreds of pages of […]
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The record-breaking government shutdown is putting the US at risk of a major cyberattack

Cybersecurity experts are warning that the US is at greater risk of attack during the record partial government shutdown. Thousands of workers who monitor the nation's defense systems are off work, and experts also worry that systems aren't being upgraded or repaired. Workers deemed essential are still in place, but the absence of so many others could still leave the US at risk. "In a stalemate over how best to secure America’s southern border, the Trump administration has endangered the integ...
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Lightview invests in Educational Measures

Lightview Capital has made a “significant” investment in Denver-based Educational Measures LLC, a provider of live event technology focused on audience engagement and associated data and analytics. No financial terms were disclosed. Harbert Management Corporation and Resolute Capital Partners also participated in the transaction while Enterprise Bank & Trust provided a senior line of credit to Educational Measures. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK (PRWEB) JANUARY 17, 2019 Lightview Capital (“Lightview”) h...
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After four years, Microsoft may unveil HoloLens 2 next month

Mobile World Congress – the world’s biggest expo focused on smartphones and mobile devices – starts February 24, and it seems Microsoft has big plans in store. If the speakers on the invite are any indication, the company could be gearing up to reveal the next version of HoloLens. Specifically, the invite mentions Alex Kipman, who leads Microsoft’s Mixed Reality efforts. Also presenting are CEO Satya Nadella and CVP Julia White, who heads Azure and the cloud. The company doesn’t usually have a h...
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Flash, the stealthy e-scooter and ‘micro-mobility’ startup from Delivery Hero founder, raises €55M Series A

Flash, the stealthy mobility startup from Delivery Hero and Team Europe founder Lukasz Gadowski, is de-cloaking today, with news that the Berlin-based company has raised a whopping €55 million in Series A funding. Despite rumours that multiple VC firms would be involved, the bulk of the new funding comes from Target Global via its mobility fund, which led this round and was already an existing backer of Flash. Others participating in Flash’s Series A include Idinvest Partners, Signals Venture...
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The Boeing 717 was once a failed plane airlines didn't want to buy. Here's why it's now my favorite jet. (BA)

The Boeing 717 is a slightly offbeat aircraft that went out of production in 2006. Boeing chalked it up as a failure, a result of absorbing some McDonnell Douglas planes when it acquired the planemaker in the mid-1990s. But the 100-seat 717-200 is now in serious demand as carriers move away from regional jets. I recently flew on a Delta Air Lines Boeing 717 from Newark to Detroit. It was my second time flying on this great aircraft. I've flown on many big aircraft and plenty of small ones. I'...
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Name your price for 50+ hours of Python coding training

Score 50+ hours of expert Python coding instruction for a price you get to pick with the Pay What You Want: The Python Master Class Bundle.
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Instacart workers are fighting back against a policy change they say drastically cut their wages

Instacart shoppers are rallying against a new payment policy structure that they say has resulted in cuts to their earnings. These shoppers are urging customers to leave the minimum tip on an order and then tip in cash once the order has been delivered. They say that this ensures that they receive the full value of the tip, rather than it being absorbed into what Instacart pays them.  Instacart shoppers are rallying against a new payment policy change.  A new petition put forth by over 150 s...
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