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10 things in tech you need to know today

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 21 Jan 2020


Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.Samsung appointed a new mobile boss as it faces 'peak smartphone' and competition from all sides. Roh Tae-moon, who's been at Samsung since the late 1990s, previously served as head of research for the firm's mobile business.Uber Eats has agreed to sell its Indian business to a local rival called Zomato, the New York Times reports. All Uber Eats' drivers in India will be switched over to Zomato, and its app will direct users to Zomato for six months.Chinese tech giant Tencent has struck a deal with TikTok's parent company ByteDance to integrate short-form video into its WeChat messaging platform, Bloomberg reports. WeChat is more or less ubiquitous in China, where it's used to message people, make payments, and even make doctor's appointments.Apple CEO Tim Cook went to Ireland to pick up an award for investing in the country. On Saturday, Cook thanked Ireland for its "amazing welcome" and tweeted a picture of himself alongside Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, offering to provide "backup vocals" for the star's future songs.US hospitals have been sharing patient data with tech companies including Microsoft and Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reports. This follows reports last year that Google was hoovering up patient health data, prompting an inquiry by a federal regulator.UK startup SteadyPay raised $4 million to help gig economy workers stay afloat with salary top-ups. The company raised from venture capital backers including Hambro Perks.A top Netflix exec dangled the prospect of an Obama-style deal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer at Netflix, said he would be interested in working with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Facebook's most senior lobbyist Nick Clegg had an awkward public face-off with Amazon's CTO over making money from user data. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels asked Clegg how Facebook plans to make its users more aware of the way it monetizes their personal data.Snap CEO Evan Spiegel made a bold call that TikTok could become bigger than Instagram because it focuses on talent and not likes. Instagram has been trying to move away from its reputation of being a shallow, status-oriented platform, enforcing changes like removing public like counts.Tesla hit back against a petition claiming its cars sometimes accelerate unexpectedly, The Verge reports. Tesla claims the petition was started by a short seller looking to cash in by dipping Tesla's stock.Have an Amazon Alexa device' Now you can hear 10 Things in Tech each morning. Just search for "Business Insider" in your Alexa's flash briefing settings.You can also subscribe to this newsletter herejust tick "10 Things in Tech You Need to Know.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on water
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