10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for government to rein in the “shadow economy.”AP Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Netflix’s stock fell after a slight Q4 revenue miss and solid subscriber-growth numbers. The results came just days after Netflix unleashed its biggest price hike ever, which increased its […]

Netflix says more 'choose your own adventure' shows are on the way after the success of 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' (NFLX)

Netflix’s “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” episode proved popular with viewers.Netflix Netflix plans to make more interactive TV shows in the format of “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” company officials said Thursday. The movie was popular with viewers and excited video content makers, officials said. Company officials see an opportunity in offering the system Netflix created to produce “Bandersnatch” […]

High-flying gaming startups Unity and Improbable have ended their feud peacefully after a very public battle that involved the creator of 'Fortnite'

It looks like the very public feud between high-flying game development companies Unity and Improbable has come to a peaceful end — at least, for now. In short: Unity has clarified its terms of service, putting in writing that it’s committing to an open platform, where customers can use technology from Improbable or any other […]

CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon's Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is signalling that change is on the horizon for Cortana, its voice-powered smart assistant. Rather than focus on challenging Amazon’s mega-popular Alexa assistant directly, Nadella says that Microsoft will focus on making Cortana available as a skill, or app, on other platforms. Indeed, last year, Alexa users got the ability to […]

Facebook is restructuring its augmented reality glasses division as it inches closer to launch (FB)

Facebook is restructuring its efforts to build futuristic glasses as the company’s augmented reality efforts inch closer towards launching a commercial product. The Silicon Valley tech giant has moved hundreds of employees from its research-focused unit Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) to a new standalone product team focused on AR, Business Insider has learned. The employees […]