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Uber is testing subscriptions for its food delivery
UK country manager Toussaint Wattinne said that it has tested
subscriptions in several cities.
kidnapped crypto executive was reportedly released after paying a
$1 million (£739,000) bitcoin ransom. Exmo Finance
CEO Pavel Lerner was reportedly kidnapped while leaving the
company’s Kiev, Ukraine, offices.
Smart lock company Otto is suspending operations after a failed
acquisition deal. The deal limited the company’s
ability to raise funds, and eventually fell through.
is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, according to
Citi. The cut in corporate taxes, along with a
one-time allowance for companies to repatriate cash stored
overseas without a major tax hit, will give Apple a much larger
cash warchest to buy new companies.
startup NiceHash has a new CEO just weeks after hackers stole $63
million (£46 million) from the company. Marko
Kobal, the company’s ousted CEO, will sell his stake in NiceHash
to an outside investor.
The UK government threatened to tax “ruthless profiteers”
Facebook and Google if they don’t do more to combat
extremism. Security minister Ben Wallace said
that “we should look at all options” to force technology
companies to do more.
US Senator Marco Rubio criticised Apple for its “arrogance”
in slowing down iPhones with older batteries. Apple
already apologised for its actions.
Hit app HQ Trivia is finally available on Android.
The beta version is available in the Google Play Store’s Early
Spiegel personally paid Drake to perform at Snap’s New Year’s
party. There was a strict “no photos” rule for
employees there, and the Snapchat app even blocked them from
sending pictures and videos from the venue.
Many UK tech figures were named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours
list. DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis was made a CBE.