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10 things in tech you need to know today (AMZN, TSLA, GOOG, MSFT, FB, WMT, SNAP, TWTR)

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

1. A number of hackers infiltrated Tesla’s Kubernetes console to mine cryptocurrencies. The console apparently lacked a password, and contained credentials to access its Amazon Web Services environment.

2. Google’s online payment solution, Google Pay, has started rolling out worldwide. It will replace the old Android Pay, and the app’s home screen will display a personalised list of relevant stores that accept it.

3. Facebook’s vice president of advertising Rob Goldman has apologised internally for his tweetstorm about Russian interferences in the US elections. He reportedly said that he “conveyed his view poorly.”

4. Russian bots reportedly started spreading divisive tweets just hours after the recent shootings in Florida. Hundreds of bots have been identified, and most of them have been found tweeting about gun regulation and the debate around it.

5. Microsoft has clarified the limitations of the ARM-based version of Windows 10 compared to the more traditional x86 architecture. Restrictions include no initial support for 64bit apps, no Hyper-V support, and no x86 drivers.

6. Snapchat is updating its app to support GIF stickers in posts, using Giphy’s archive. The update is also introducing tabs to the Friends and Discover sections to help better organise and follow Stories.

7. Microsoft is adding direct game sales for over 5,000 titles on its Twitch competitor, Mixer. The company said that it will pay streamers 5% for each purchase made from their channel.

8. 16 Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges are reportedly joining forces to create a self-regulating body. The idea behind it is to safeguard investors, particularly in light of Coincheck’s $530 million (£379 million) heist last month.

9. The next version of Android will block idle apps in the background from accessing a device’s camera. Things may change in the final version, but that’s what developers have gathered looking through “Android P” references in the latest AOSP (Android Open-Source Project) code changes.

10. Walmart has reported a sharp slowdown in its e-commerce operations over the holiday season. Following three quarters of booming growth, the US giant’s stock has closed down over 10%.

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Mozilla and NSF awards $380K to small projects connecting the unconnected

 The FCC may be hard at work at “bridging the digital divide,” as Chairman Pai so frequently puts it, and the Connect America Fund II will help. But while the big players are setting up, people all over the U.S. are going without reliable internet. Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are awarding cash to projects that aim to connect those still waiting on the bandwidth we… Read More
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Facebook’s plan to unite AR, VR and News Feed with 3D posts

 What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality or insert it into your world with augmented reality? Facebook is polishing up stages one and two today after debuting posts of interactive 3D models in News Feed in October that you can move and spin around. Read More

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Instagram Direct one-ups Snapchat with replay privacy controls

 Messaging is the heart of Snapchat, so after cloning and augmenting Stories, Instagram is hoping to boost intimate usage of Direct with privacy controls not found elsewhere. Now when you send an ephemeral photo or video from the Instagram Direct camera, you can decide whether recipients can only view it once, replay it temporarily or see a permanent thumbnail in the chat log. Read More

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Tenor hits 12B searches in its GIF keyboard every month

 David McIntosh’s startup Tenor builds a GIF keyboard — but he actually hopes you’ll spend as little time searching on it as possible. Instead, Tenor’s aim has been to collapse the amount of time it takes you to find a GIF you like and send it to a friend. Read More

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Amazon may have just accidentally dropped a clue about where it might put HQ2 (AMZN)

Arlington, Virginia

  • An article on a local news site in Arlington, Virginia, blew up overnight.
  • The views mostly came from what appears to be an internal Amazon.com page.
  • Arlington, Virginia, would be part of Northern Virginia’s bid for its second headquarters project and is part of the DC metro area, which is considered a frontrunner for HQ2.

Amazon may have just tipped its hand again.

Consider Arlington, Virginia. The city is just a stone’s throw away from Washington, DC, and is considered a part of its larger metropolitan area. A local news site called ARLnow.com recently saw an unusual spike in attention to one of its articles from December 2017. The article was titled “County Wins Top Environmental Award from U.S. Green Building Council,” and goes on to explain how Arlington County was the first in the country to be selected for an environmental award.

That story recently saw a traffic spike of about 6,000 pageviews, nearly all being referred from what the site is identifying as an internal Amazon.com page. ARLnow.com speculates that the page is linked closely with Amazon’s search for its second headquarters location and indicates that Arlington is being seriously considered as the spot for HQ2. 

Amazon did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment on the traffic spike. 

We’ve gotten more than a few hints that Amazon is seriously considering selecting somewhere in the DC area. Arlington would be part of the Northern Virginia bid, one of three DC areas that’s up for consideration. The other two are Montgomery County, Maryland, and DC proper.

Amazon has recently ramped up its lobbying efforts in DC. That’s not to mention the fact that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos already has an enormous house there, fit for holding parties and receptions of all kind. He splits his time between running Amazon and The Washington Post, The New York Times said in a recent profile.

Amazon has said that it plans to bring 50,000 jobs and a total of $5 billion invested into the chosen local economy over 10 years.

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New data shows Netflix's number of movies has gone down by thousands of titles since 2010 — but its TV catalog size has soared

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  • Netflix has focused significantly more on television than movies in recent years.
  • New data from third-party Netflix search engine Flixable shows that the amount of TV on Netflix has nearly tripled since 2010.
  • The number of movies, meanwhile, has gone down by thousands of titles.

 

If you thought Netflix’s movie selection had been lacking lately, you’re right. The streaming service’s amount of movies has dipped by over 2,000 titles since 2010, while its number of TV shows has nearly tripled. 

Third-party Netflix search engine Flixable compiled data that shows a dramatic shift in Netflix’s priorities in recent years.

In 2010, Netflix had 530 TV shows compared to 6,755 movies. Now, in 2018, the amount of TV shows has nearly tripled to 1,569, and the amount of movies offered has decreased to 4,010.

Below is a chart from Flixable detailing the changes:

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It’s no secret that Netflix has focused more on TV shows and less on movies in recent years, but now we have a visual representation of just how significant that focus has become. 

In 2016, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that “no matter [how good the movie catalog was], we end up with a third of our watching being movies.” He explained that if viewers were passionate about a movie, they would have already seen it in theaters by the time it ended up on Netflix. It was hard to create an event.

To counter this, Netflix has begun to release is own “original” movies, and will release 80 in 2018. But that’s an expensive proposition, and will naturally lead to a smaller catalog size.

But it could work to make Netflix more valuable for its users. 

Sarandos called the Will Smith movie “Bright” a big test for Netflix. Could Netflix have its own blockbuster? It seems so. Even though it got shredded by critics, when the film was finally available to stream in December, 11 million people viewed it in its first three days.

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The life and rise of billionaire investor Peter Thiel, Trump’s biggest Silicon Valley supporter — who might be moving to Los Angeles

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Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and controversial venture capitalists, is reportedly leaving the Bay Area.

The outspoken libertarian will reportedly relocate his home, personal funds, and his foundation to Los Angeles, according to The Wall Street Journal, and he’s taking his 50-person staff with him.

Why Los Angeles? It isn’t totally clear. 

As a famously private person, Thiel has yet to confirm the move, or the rumors that he might also be resigning from the board at Facebook. Still, it’s worth taking this time to look at Thiel’s rise to fame in the tech capital of the world — a saga that includes his effort to stop aging and death, his controversial thoughts about college, and his war with the media:

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Peter Thiel was born in Germany. He moved to the Bay Area when he was in fifth grade.

His family first moved to the US when he was a year old, but they moved around the world a few more times before settling in Foster City, south of San Francisco.

He attended Stanford where he studied philosophy, got his JD law degree, and served as the first editor-in-chief at The Stanford Review.

He also met many of the people that would become key players at PayPal (later known as the PayPal mafia) including include Keith Rabois, David Sacks, and Reid Hoffman. 

Thiel also became a world-ranked chess player at a young age. He was reportedly once one of the highest ranked under-21 players in the US.

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Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs

 Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts. This is a notable reversal of the typical pattern we’ve seen of Instagram cloning Snapchat features, but it’s a good one for users since GIF stickers for Stories are basically the greatest thing ever invented on social media. The… Read More

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Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

 As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to Android Pay and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make… Read More

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