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10 things in tech you need to know today

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 22 Feb 2021


<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5f36f987e89ebf001f044eba-1071/Screen Shot 2020-08-13 at 4.14.07 PM.png" alt="Fortnite 1984 Apple ad parody" data-mce-source="Epic Games" data-link="https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=euiSHuaw6Q4" 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 Monday. <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><ol><li><strong>Google fired a second AI ethicist. </strong>The firm <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/google-fires-ai-ethics-researcher-margaret-mitchell-2021-2">fired Margaret Mitchell</a>, the founder and former co-lead on its ethical AI team, following an extended investigation that has kept Mitchell locked out of her corporate account since January.<br><br></li><li><strong>A former ByteDance employee claimed censorship. </strong>A former employee of TikTok's parent company ByteDance has<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/bytedance-uighur-livestreams-douyin-censorship-2021-2">claimed it tried to develop an algorithm</a> to censor livestreams in the Uighur language.<br><br></li><li><strong>Uber lost a key court battle. </strong>The UK's Supreme Court<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/uber-driver-lost-uk-legal-battle-court-worker-rights-employment-2021-2">ruled on Friday</a> that its drivers are workers entitled to more rights, rather than contractors.<br><br></li><li><strong>Exclusive: Microsoft slammed Facebook's Australian news ban. </strong>In <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-brad-smith-facebook-australia-news-ban-2021-2">an interview with Insider</a>, company president Brad Smith said he was surprised by the ban and thought it was a mistake.<br><br></li><li><strong>MailChimp responded to allegations of gender bias. </strong>CEO Ben Chestnut <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/mailchimp-ceo-ben-chestnut-email-pay-equity-discrimination-kelly-ellis-2021-2">responded on Friday to allegations of gender discrimination</a> and harassment at the company, telling employees in an email that "we have work to do" on pay equity and inclusion.<br><br></li><li><strong>WhatsApp users will lose access if they don't agree to new terms. </strong>Users have until May 15 to sign off on the new privacy policy and <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/19/whatsapp-details-what-will-happen-to-users-who-dont-agree-to-privacy-changes/" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="ed3e723b93b6bf527f4b3a075391830a">TechCrunch reported</a> that if they miss it, some core parts of the WhatsApp app will become unusable.<br><br></li><li><strong>Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress. </strong>The House Committee on Energy and Commerce <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-jack-dorsey-sundar-pichai-testify-before-congress-march-2021-2">will hold a hearing on digital misinformation</a> in March.<br><br></li><li><strong>Valve is fighting a subpoena from Apple. </strong>The <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-legal-fight-epic-games-valve-subpoena-2021-2">subpoena is part of Apple's fight with Epic Games</a>, and Valve has refused to hand over certain information about its revenues and the games it hosts.<br><br></li><li><strong>Sequoia Capital got hacked. </strong>The VC firm told its investors on Friday that some personal and financial information may have been accessed by a third party after one of its employees fell victim to a successful <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-phishing" data-site="bi" data-keyword="phishing" data-analytics-product-module="Auto-Linker" data-analytics-product-area="link" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="0" data-uri="26a569c94a33aa8b2f027428d085bcee">phishing</a> attack, according to a<a href="https://www.axios.com/sequoia-capital-says-it-was-hacked-590dcdd6-fe49-46c6-8422-60a944272302.html" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="ffdffcec46d1e7a2285b4b884d5e10d4"> report in Axios</a> Friday.&nbsp;<br><br></li><li><strong>We asked European investors to pick the hottest insurance startups. </strong>Last year <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/insurtech-european-vcs-name-the-top-26-startups-to-watch-2021-2">more than $7 billion</a> went into insurance startups globally, according to CB Insights.&nbsp;</li></ol><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/10-things-in-tech-you-need-to-know-today-february-22-2021#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/transgender-activist-former-white-house-intern-sarah-mcbride-isnt-discouraged-by-trump-2018-3">Sarah McBride made history becoming the first openly trans person elected to a state Senate seat. In 2018, she explained why the Trump administration wouldn't discourage her work.</a></p>
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