December 15th, 2015

10 things in tech you need to know today

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  1. Quibi failed to hook users. The streaming service likely failed after six months because its slate of content did not break through with its target audience of 25- to 35-year-olds.

  2. Iran threatened Democratic voters. According to Google, Iran was behind a spate of emails purporting to be from far-right group the Proud Boys and threatening recipients with violence if they didn't vote for US President Donald Trump.

  3. Twitter and the White House cast doubt on claims Donald Trump's Twitter got hacked. A hacker said he guessed Trump's password was 'maga2020!', but Twitter and White House denied it.

  4. We reviewed the new iPhone 12. With a refreshed design, a better screen on the standard model, and Night Mode on all cameras, the device feels like a step forward.

  5. Apple wants to avoid iPhone queues. A new iPhone launch is usually synonymous with winding lines at the Apple Store, but the company is implementing a reservation system for stores that are open, should lines begin to form.

  6. Patreon has banned QAnon. The firm said on Thursday morning that creators promoting the movement would be barred from the platform.

  7. Twitter canned political donations. The firm closed its political action committee and donated its surplus cash — more than $117,000 — to a pair of charities.

  8. Amazon is trialling cargo e-bikes in Europe for the first time for deliveries. The goal is to find ways to counteract the boom in delivery vans and a rise in congestion.

  9. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has new compensation goals. Half of Nadella's pay is now dependent on hitting certain goals, like growing the company's cloud business and Teams chat app.

  10. Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian backed an 18-year-old's AI startup. Oliver Edholm is only 18 years old, and his startup provides AI and deep learning services to e-commerce sites.

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