10 things in tech you need to know today

Scooter company Bird is launching in Brussels.

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Scooter company Bird is launching in Brussels.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. The ACLU accused Facebook of allowing gender discrimination in job ads. The ACLU claims that Facebook broke federal and state law by allowing women to be excluded from job ads on its platform.

2. iPhone XS reviews are starting to come in, and they are widely favourable. It seems the major improvement can be found in the camera, especially with portrait mode and the new “smart HDR” feature.

3. Tesla says the US Department of Justice asked for documents after Elon Musk’s “funding secured” tweet about taking the company private. Tesla is facing a criminal investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California over CEO Elon Musk’s statements about taking Tesla private, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

4. Scooter unicorn Bird is now in Brussels as it speeds up its international expansion. The dockless scooter company is quickly expanding across Europe in a bid to outgun well-funded rivals such as Lime, Uber, and Taxify.

5. Elon Musk announced that SpaceX will livestream its 2023 moon mission in virtual reality, in real time. “It’ll feel like you’re there in real-time minus a few seconds for speed of light,” Musk tweeted.

6. Netflix named the CEO of Business Insider’s parent company to its board. Netflix appointed Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, to join its board of directors.

7. Vernon Unsworth, the diver suing Elon Musk for defamation, plans to file a separate claim in the UK. Defamation law stricter in the UK than in the US, and the burden would be on Musk to prove his claims that Unsworth is a “pedo.”

8. “Fortnite” streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins said he once received a $40,000 donation while playing the game. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins will be the first professional gamer to appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, gracing the front of the October issue.

9. A startup that provides Viagra on-demand just raised $88 million and is now trying to get people to stop smoking. The startup behind men’s health company Roman now wants to help people quit smoking with a new service that provides nicotine gum, a prescription drug, and an app to track progress.

10. Renault-Nissan is teaming up with Google to put Android in car dashboards. Users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone.

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