10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. An increasing number of tech CEOs are speaking out against the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the border between the US and Mexico. The condemnations come days after Microsoft employees also protested the company providing cloud services to ICE. 

2. Facebook is taking on the massively popular HQ Trivia app. The social media giant announced on Tuesday that it will let pages host their own live quiz shows. At launch, partners BuzzFeed, Fresno, and Insider will all launch game shows on Facebook Live.

3. Snap was in discussions to buy buzzy augmented reality startup Blippar, but the deal fell through and Blippar quit Silicon Valley. Snap has acquired European startups before, buying game engine PlayCanvas and French map startup Zenly.

4. Tim Draper, an eccentric Silicon Valley investor, publicly defended Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes after she was indicted on charges of wire fraud last week. Draper said he believed that Holmes was "innocent until proven guilty" and that he was still close to the disgraced entrepreneur.

5. Security software company Symantec revealed Tuesday that a hacking campaign based in China had burrowed into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecom companies in the US and southeast Asia. The company said the hackers were driven by national espionage goals, which include intercepting military and civilian communications.

6. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared at least 17 tweets from a confirmed Russian troll. According to an analysis from The Wall Street Journal, Dorsey shared tweets from an account linked to the now-infamous Internet Research Agency between late-2016 and mid-2017.

7. Apple was fined $6.6 million by Australia's consumer rights watchdog for misleading iPhone and iPad users about third-party repairsApple had said users were not entitled to get their devices fixed because they had been previously repaired by a third party, but this is against Australian consumer law.

8. Popular battle royale game Fortnite has racked up $100 million in revenue, according to Sensor Tower data. That's in the game's first 90 days on iOS alone.

9. A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, halted trades amid a $31 million hack, according to CoinDesk. Bithumb hasn't said which currency was under attack, but said it would cover the losses.

10. Food apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo might kill the kitchen, according to UBS. In a note to investors, the bank predicted that millennials could end up eating mostly takeout or preparing food with meal delivery kits.

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