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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
1. Marcus Hutchins, the British researcher who stopped the WannaCry attack, has pleaded not guilty to six charges of creating the Kronos malware. Hutchins appeared in a Milwaukee court on Monday to enter his plea, and will remain in the US until his trial.
2. Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has said he’s “baffled” about being sued by a company investor. Kalanick, who is being sued by Benchmark Capital for alleged fraud, said the suit wasn’t in the firm’s best interests.
3. Intel’s chief executive, Brian Krzanich, has become the latest CEO to step down from Donald Trump’s business advisory council. Krzanich cited the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, and the “divided political climate” in the US.
4. Google has followed domain registrar GoDaddy in refusing service to white supremacist news site the Daily Stormer. Google didn’t want its services to incite violence.
5. Facebook has also taken action against the Daily Stormer by deleting links to a post attacking Heather Heyer, a woman killed by a Charlottesville marcher. The company said the article violated its terms of service.
6. The creator of hit franchise “Angry Birds”, Rovio, is set to go public at a value of $2 billion (£1.54 billion). The company wants to raise some $400 million (£308 million).
7. Snapchat has a new feature, “Crowd Surf”, which lets you watch events like concerts through other people’s snaps. The feature stitches together snaps so you can watch a gig from different parts of the crowd.
8. Amazon is shutting down Lovefilm, its postal DVD rental service in the UK and Germany. Most people have switched from DVDs and Blu-ray to streaming, a spokesman told Variety.
9. Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky has doubled down on the company’s position on banning white supremacists from its platform. Chesky said white supremacism had “no place in this world”, after the firm barred Charlottesville marchers from its service.
10. Uber is finally bringing its in-app tipping option to the UK. Passengers can now give drivers a little extra cash up to £50, and will also be charged if they keep drivers waiting.