10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today (AAPL, AMZN, GOOG, LNKD)
Good morning! We're looking at a rainy day in New York. Let's look at the news.
- Uber has coming out firing at arch-rival Lyft. It says Lyft's investors are threatening to go "nuclear" on Uber unless Uber buys Lyft. Lyft, for its part, says this is nonsense.
- King, the company behind Candy Crush, reported earnings and they were not so good. The stock crashed by 21% after hours. It also announced plans for a $150 million dividend.
- Apple released its diversity numbers, and for the most part they're just like everyone else in tech — 70% male, 55% white. CEO Tim Cook says he wants to improve the stats.
- Speaking of diversity, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO talked about the issue. She said, "I want half, half, half across the board. Fifty percent. I would like women to earn 58% of the (computer science) degrees because women earn 58% of college degrees."
- YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked to Peter Kafka at Re/code. She reveals that she's pregnant with her fifth child, and she talks about how she's trying to make YouTube better/more lucrative for video makers.
- With very little fanfare, Amazon has launched a Square-like credit card swiping business.
- Some of the people behind Siri are building a new version of Siri, which they say will be some of the most advanced artificial intelligence. The goal, basically, is to make a Siri that works. They also say that Apple post-Steve Jobs was not friendly to what they were doing with Siri, and that's why they left.
- Leaked internal documents show how LinkedIn plans to create $1 billion in sales chasing business to business marketing.
- Samsung has released the Galaxy Alpha, a slightly nicer version of its flagship smartphone, that has metal edges that look like an iPhone.
- There's a new app called Sup. It's like Snapchat meets FaceTime. You "Sup" a friend, then if the friend accepts, their video camera is turned on and you can see what they're doing. It only lasts a few seconds.