10 things in tech you need to know today

Uber is reportedly in talks to buy British startup Deliveroo.

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Uber is reportedly in talks to buy British startup Deliveroo.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday.

  1. Exclusive: Instagram’s new TV service recommended videos of potential child abuse. Instagram’s new TV service, IGTV, recommended videos of what appeared to be child exploitation and genital mutilation, a Business Insider investigation has found.
  2. Here’s everything Amazon announced at its huge September event. Amazon held a special event on Thursday to unveil a slew of new gadgets and services, including the new Echo Dot, the AmazonBasics microwave and the Alexa Guard.
  3. Adobe is acquiring software company Marketo for $4.75 billion. Marketo is owned by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners who bought the company for $1.8 billion in 2016.
  4. Google employees considered manipulating search results to help protest Trump’s travel ban. In early 2017, an undisclosed number of Google employees discussed via internal messages ways that they could manipulate search results in protest of President Trump’s travel ban, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  5. Uber could be getting ready to buy Deliveroo, a food delivery startup valued at over $2 billion and one of its biggest international rivals. Uber is reportedly in early talks to buy Deliveroo, London based startup most recently valued at $2 billion, and one of the biggest international rivals to Uber Eats.
  6. Facebook is taking on Tinder with the official launch of its dating service – but it’s only in Colombia for now. The service is built into Facebook’s core mobile app, and will compete against the likes of Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid.
  7. Prosecutors in Minneapolis say they are weighing whether to bring charges against the JD.com founder. Prosecutors are weighing whether to bring charges against Richard Liu after the Minneapolis Police Department turned over the findings of its initial investigation into accusations of rape against the JD.com founder.
  8. Amazon-owned audiobook service Audible is coming to Apple watch. You’ll now be able to listen to audiobooks directly from the watch.
  9. Instagram is reportedly testing a way to let you easily re-share someone else’s photo – a feature users have been begging for. The experimental feature would work similarly to Twitter’s retweet button, or shares on Facebook, and the could transform the photo-sharing app.
  10. Google told US Senators in a letter that it uses automated scans to protect user data and that it catches the “majority” of bad actors. Google’s letter, made public on Thursday, did not directly answer questions about instances in which apps may have improperly shared user data.

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