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10 things in tech you need to know today

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 25 Nov 2020

<p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5f4e481a60bf1f0028079a22-2400/GettyImages-1206290114.jpg" alt="Elon Musk" data-mce-source="BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images" border="0"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. <a href="http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/10-things-in-tech&amp;hash=8122c716833601fc1471f79af063b104'nr_email_referer=1&amp;utm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=10_things_tech&amp;utm_campaign=Post%20Blast%20sai:%2010%20things%20in%20tech%20you%20need%20to%20know%20today&amp;utm_term=10%20THINGS%20IN%20TECH%20YOU%20NEED%20TO%20KNOW%20-%20ENGAGED%2C%20ACTIVE%2C%20PASSIVE%2C%20DISENGAGED">Sign up here</a> to get this email in your inbox every morning.</p><p>Have an Amazon Alexa device' Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.</p><p>And for the biggest stories in politics, <a href="http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/10-things-in-politics" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url'q=http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/10-things-in-politics&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1605201922939000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGxk1XZpqYlaMeSYjDkUIAl5zfOiw" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="dd9ce89a6ede6d690040bd0e8df93858">sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today</a>launching soon!</p><ol><li><strong>Facebook briefly prioritized established news sites</strong>. In the days after the US election, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-algorithm-mark-zuckerberg-news-sites-election-nicer-feeds-2020-11'op=1&amp;scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4">Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed off</a> on an algorithm change to the platform's news feed in an effort to fight misinformation.&nbsp;<br><br></li><li><strong>Elon Musk is now richer than Bill Gates</strong>. The Tesla CEO <a href="https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/elon-musk-net-worth-bill-gates-second-richest-tesla-2020-11-1029832827">saw his net worth rise</a> by about $7 billion to $128 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as Tesla's market value topped $500 billion.&nbsp;<br><br></li><li><strong>Facebook pages belonging to Trumpworld were major election misinformation culprits</strong>. <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-conservative-pundits-responsible-election-misinformation-avaaz-2020-11">Among the Facebook pages most responsible</a> for spreading misinformation were Donald Trump Jr. and the conservative vloggers Diamond and Silk, according to new study.<br><br></li><li><strong>Facebook whitelisted thousands of politicians</strong>. Since 2018, <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/articles/facebook-researchers-found-companys-political-whitelist-influenced-misinformation-spread">over 110,000 government officials </a>and candidates have been on a Facebook whitelist that prevented them from being fact-checked, per The Information.<br><br></li><li><strong>Amazon considers green organizations as threats</strong>. Climate change protests including <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-jeff-bezos-climate-change-groups-greta-thunberg-2020-11">Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace</a>, and Greta Thunberg's group Fridays for Future are all among the groups the e-commerce giant is tracking.<br><br></li><li><strong>Twitter is relaunching verification. </strong>The network <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/24/twitter-to-relaunch-account-verifications-in-early-2021-asks-for-feedback-on-policy/">will verify government officials</a>, companies, non-profits, and influential individuals among other people.<br><br></li><li><strong>Exclusive: 'Dark store' startups are getting crazy valuations</strong>. Investors in Europe are <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/dark-store-grocery-delivery-europe-fomo2020-11">piling money into new companies</a> that promise to deliver groceries in as little as ten minutes.<br><br></li><li><strong>YouTube suspended conservative news site OANN</strong>. The social media giant <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/youtube-suspends-oann-fake-covid-19-vaccine-cure-misinformation-2020-11">banned the outlet</a> from posting videos and monetizing its content for a week&nbsp;after it posted a video promoting a fake COVID-19 cure.<br><br></li><li><strong>Expensify's CEO justified emailing customers in support of Joe Biden</strong>. Last month, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/expensify-david-barrett-ceo-defend-email-customers-vote-election-biden-2020-11">Expensify CEO David Barrett emailed </a>10 million of the company's customers, urging them to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the US presidential election.<br><br></li><li><strong>Exclusive: Alphabet is pulling its life sciences division out of China. </strong>Verily <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/googles-sister-life-sciences-company-verily-to-shut-china-operations-2020-11">will be shutting its Shanghai office</a>, insiders say.</li></ol><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/10-things-in-tech-you-need-to-know-today-november-25-2020-11#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-myths-debunked-wuhan-china-2020-2">Epidemiologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths</a></p>
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