#UK 10 things in tech you need to know today


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Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Samsung is replacing the head of its phone business. It’s a sign that change is coming to the South Korean company’s ailing handset business.

2. $3 billion (£2 billion) startup Atlassian’s IPO could be the most successful of the year. It has no outside investors, and has set its IPO price range at between $16.50 (£11) and $18.50 (£12.25).

3. Microsoft launched its “next billion dollar business” yesterday. PowerApps let users build native apps that run on both mobile and web.

4. Uber is launching a service in London that lets you share rides with strangers for a fee. UberPOOL, announced this week, goes live on December 4.

5. A British payments company has admitted that 7.8 million customers were hacked 5 years ago. Paysafe, formerly known as Optimal Payments, says nearly 8 million people’s data was compromised between 2009-2010.

6. People’s racist Facebook comments are appearing on billboards near their homes. A new campaign in Brazil is trying to tackle racism by highlighting it in real world adverts.

7. Hackers are cyber-attacking three Greek banks and demanding ransoms in bitcoin. The group, calling themselves Armada Collective, blockaded websites — but don’t appear to have accessed any internal data.

8. Israel is reportedly in talks with Google to block “inflammatory” Palestinian videos. Videos on the platform are allegedly being used to incite violence and terrorism.

9. The hacker who targeted children’s toy company VTech was able to obtain photos and chatlogs from kids. As well as data on 5 million adults and 200,000 children, the hacker stole 190GB of photos of children, Motherboard reports.

10. The FBI can demand web history and phone location data without a warrant. ZDNet reports that court filings show the Bureau can use national security letters to compel companies and individuals to hand over data.

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