Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. Music streaming startup Spotify has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has filed for a direct public offering, is privately valued at about $19 billion (£13.8 billion), and will appear under the ticker “SPOT.”
2. Spotify’s founders, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzen, have engineered a class of “super-shares” that ensure they remain in control of the firm when it goes public. It means the pair will decide on matters like picking directors – provided they decide together.
3. YouTube accidentally took down entire channels that are right-wing and pro-gun. Conspiracy theorist Titus Frost – who claimed an outspoken survivor of the recent Parkland shooting was an actor – had his channel removed, but YouTube said it was a mistake.
4. Ex-Google engineer Loretta Lee, who is suing the firm for harassment, said the company had a “bro culture” and did nothing to intervene when she was hassled. Lee said her co-workers regularly spiked her drinks.
5. Twitter has launched Bookmarks, a dedicated way to save tweets you find interesting. Now users can right-click on a tweet and save it to a separate Bookmarks area.
6. Shares in enterprise storage firm Box tanked as the firm posted a disappointing outlook for the current quarter. Box reported that it expects to see $139 million to $140 million (£102 million) in revenue for the quarter ending on April 30, while analysts expected the company to forecast $144.27 million (£105 million).
7. It looks like Washington DC is the first state to pass legislation protecting net neutrality, in defiance of instructions from the Federal Communications Commission. The laws prohibit any ISP serving the state from throttling or paid prioritisation, according to Ars Technica.
8. Google wants to make artificial intelligence more accessible and has launched a “Learn AI with Google” site as a free resource. The site will cater to all levels.
9. A computer learned how to play vintage Atari game Qbert and almost immediately discovered a weird way to beat the system. The AI found a way to exploit a bug in between levels and rack up endless points.