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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.
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  1. Longtime Amazon VP Tim Bray  has said he quit in dismay and called the company 'chickens---' for firing workers who criticized it. The tech giant has fired multiple employees who've criticized working conditions at its warehouses.
  2. Tech billionaire Elon Musk and musician Grimes have had their first child together, according to Musk's Twitter account. Musk announced the birth of their child Monday evening on Twitter, saying, "Mom & baby all good."
  3. Uber is reportedly considering another investment in scooter startup Lime. The $170 million emergency fundraising could sink Lime's valuation by nearly 80% — and give Uber the option to buy it in 2 years.
  4. Former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann sued SoftBank for backing out of buying nearly $1 billion of his shares, saying the investor changed up the terms and he didn't sign off. Neumann, represented by three law firms, claims SoftBank breached its contract in walking away from a planned stock purchase last month.
  5. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly once told the US Army's top special forces general 'you absolutely suck' at artificial intelligence. The comments came in 2016 during Schmidt's push to expand his influence over the US military's strategy around technology and innovation, The New York Times reported.
  6. Robinhood raised a $280 million round of funding led by Sequoia Capital, making it worth over $8 billion. The investing app has added three million funded accounts since the beginning of the year. 
  7. A 'white-hat' hacker found old Tesla computers for sale on eBay that still had owners' data like addresses, wi-fi passwords and Netflix 'cookies.' Some units had been smashed, suggesting Tesla technicians had unsuccessfully attempted to clear the data by physically damaging them, InsideEV reported.
  8. Google once considered acquiring Zoom because 'several thousand' employees preferred it to Google's own product. Discussions never got more serious, and instead Google and Zoom have gone on to become rivals. Google recently banned use of the Zoom app on employee computers.
  9. Popular video game blogger PewDiePie has signed an exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube. Felix Kjellberg has amassed more than 104 million subscribers and generated over 25 billion views to date. 
  10. French startup Back Market has raised $120 million from the likes of Goldman Sachs to exploit the $80 billion market for refurbished electronics. The French tech startup has seen a boom in demand due to the coronavirus. 
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