10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Monday morning.

1. Twitter found more than 50,000 Russia-linked accounts that actively shared election-related material. Trump’s Twitter account interacted with them hundreds of times.

2. Facebook is asking users to pick which news outlets are “trustworthy” – and will demote the losers in your feed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company wasn’t “comfortable” deciding for itself whether a news outlet is reliable.

3. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that diversity memo author James Damore wasn’t fired for political reasons. Pichai talked about the incident in a television special that will air on MSNBC later this month.

4. Snap is reportedly threatening employees who leak company information with jail time. An email sent to employees on January 8 explained the potential consequences of leaking information.

5. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a new interview that he doesn’t want his nephew to use a social network. Cook said he doesn’t believe in the overuse of technology.

6. Amazon increased the price of its monthly Amazon Prime memberships in the US. The increase will be from $10.99 (£7.91) to $12.99 (£9.35) per month, but yearly fees remain unchanged.

7. “Minecraft” is still one of the biggest games in the world, with nearly 75 million people playing monthly. Helen Chiang, the new head of Microsoft’s “Minecraft” group, revealed the monthly figure in a new interview.

8. We profiled Mustafa Suleyman, one of the cofounders of Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence lab. Suleyman dropped out of university and worked as an activist before getting involved in artificial intelligence.

9. There are problems with Apple’s iPhone battery explanation – and the company might end up paying the price in court. CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple told users about slowing batteries, but it wasn’t included in the release notes for its software update.

10. Microsoft promoted its “Minecraft” boss to be the new executive in charge of all Xbox game efforts. Matt Booty was promoted to corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, the firm’s internal group overseeing gaming for Xbox, PC, and mobile.