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Robert De Niro trashes Slack founder Stewart Butterfield: 'I don't give a f--- who you are'

Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield accepted an award at The Wall Street Journal's 2015 Innovator Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. But his speech wasn't well received by at least one of the other stars in the room.

During his speech, Butterfield quipped that he was a long way from San Francisco and that among the stylish crowd of actors and models, he was clearly receiving the "nerd award."

According to Page Six, Butterfield then singled out actor Robert De Niro and said, "I watched 'Godfather II' on the plane ... When you killed Don Fanucci, I liked that."

De Niro, who most recently starred in "The Intern" alongside Anne Hathaway, didn't seem to know who Butterfield was. And apparently didn't think the tech founder was funny.


Microsoft is testing a wearable 'clip' for women, says report (MSFT)

Microsoft is testing a Cortana-enabled wearable, called "Clip," that will be aimed at women, according to Wareable.

The project — described as a "hearable" — is a small device that can either be worn or used as an earpiece. The final implementation is unknown, and Microsoft is currently testing how people react to different prototypes, the report says. 

Just as with the Moto Hint, Microsoft's wearable would allow for quick interactions, such as reminders, making it ideal for a parent. According to Wareable, the target audience would be on-the-go women. 


Square sets initial price for its IPO — And it's lower than its last round of funding

Payments company Square, headed by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, said it expects its initial public offering to price at between $11 and $13 per share, raising up to $403.7 million.

Square said in a regulatory filing it would sell 25.7 million Class A common shares, while selling stockholder Start Small Foundation would sell about 1.35 million.

As Dan Primack points out in Fortune, this would actually place Square at a lower valuation than its most recent funding round, where the company raised $150 million at a $6 billion valuation.


Analysts: BlackBerry's handset business is doomed (BBRY)

BlackBerry has a new phone out: It's a $700 (£579.99) Android phone called the Priv which, according to the company, stands for both "privacy" and "privilege." 

Combining the form factor of a BlackBerry — right down to the QWERTY keyboard — with Android is an as-yet untested combination, and one that the company hopes will re-instate it as a player in the market. 

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that this will be the case. 


The FBI says it has given up on trying to get backdoors into encryption software

The FBI has given up on its plans for a backdoor into all consumer technology, The Register reports

Speaking at a conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, FBI general council James Baker said that the bureau will give up the "magical thinking" that lead to it seeking a backdoor into all consumer technology, allowing for easy access to sensitive data. 

"It's tempting to try to engage in magical thinking and hope that the amazing technology sector we have in the United States can come up with some solution," Baker said. "Maybe that's just a bridge too far. Maybe that is scientifically and mathematically not possible." 

The FBI has had a


Apple hired a 'secret agent' who is an expert in digital license plates for cars (AAPL)

Apple has hired an engineer who has extensive knowledge of digital license plates, and it looks like he's working on the company's rumoured Apple Car.

Electrek reports that engineer Rónán Ó Braonáin has updated his LinkedIn profile to "Secret Agent" on "special projects" at Apple. Ó Braonáin was previously the director of engineering at Reviver, a company that builds digital license plates.

A digital license plate is totally different to a physical license plate. It is, essentially, a screen that can be affixed to vehicles and updated with new information. That's useful because it lets companies manage fleets of vehicles and include different information for each driver.


A Facebook shareholder is investing €1 million in the Berlin office space used by Twitter and Uber (TWTR, FB)

Klaus Hommels, one of Europe’s most prominent venture capitalists, has invested €1 million (£720,000) in a German technology hub called "Factory Berlin," which counts SoundCloud, Twitter and Uber among its tenants. He has also joined the board.

Hommels, who is listed on the Forbes Midas List as a leading global tech investor and whose high-profile investments include Facebook, Skype, Airbnb, Spotify, and King, will also join the board of Factory Berlin, which is also known as "Factory."

Earlier this year Hommels was announced as the


Google is trying to fix the biggest problem with Android (GOOG)

Google is negotiating deals with chip makers to help solve fragmentation, one of the biggest problems with Android, The Information reports. By working directly with chip partners, Google is looking to create hardware that will work seamlessly with Android, just as Apple products do with iOS. 

The fragmentation of Android is a real issue for Google, phone markers, and users, who have to deal with outdated hardware, poor security, and a sub-standard experience. According to one estimate, there are over 18,700 distinct versions of Android compared to Apple's five or six. 


Silicon Valley's new politics could be the future of America

Over the last decade, Silicon Valley has become an extraordinary force in politics, but they've bewildered the DC establishment with their bizarre loyalties. Tech titans are the arch nemesis of labor unions on a series of fronts, from high-skilled immigration and the taxi industry to free trade and their aggressive funding of union-less public charter schools.

And, yet, tech CEOs are arguably the Democrats' biggest cheerleaders:


10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, TWTR, TALK, AAPL, TYT)

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Friday.

1. The TalkTalk hack is much smaller than everyone first thought. The internet and phone provider said that just 156,959 people are affected by the hack, down from a previous estimate of 1.2 million and an initial assessment of 4 million.

2. Four people within the hacking world have claimed they watched the TalkTalk hack unfold — and one even took part. They say "at least 25" cyber-criminals had access to TalkTalk customers’ personal information following the attack on the company.

3.