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Uber board member Arianna Huffington said Travis Kalanick must 'absolutely not' go

Uber board member Arianna Huffington has said CEO Travis Kalanick must "absolutely not" step down and that people shouldn't be judged by "their worst moments," in an interview with CNN.

Huffington spent most of the interview defending Uber and Travis Kalanick, after continued turmoil at the company.

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The Apple Store website is down, suggesting an imminent product launch (AAPL)

Sound the alarm: The Apple Store website is down!

Apple's online store went offline early on Monday morning — suggesting the Cupertino technology company is preparing to launch a new product.

If you try and buy anything, you're just redirected to a message saying Apple has "got something special in store for you," and asks you to "check back soon."

Apple hasn't sent out invites to journalists for a big unveiling event, like it does for each iPhone launch, implying it's not going to be anything huge. Apple news blog 9to5Mac says that Apple is rumoured to be preparing updates to the iPad Pro line — but we'll have to wait and see to know for sure.

Business Insider will have the latest news on any new Apple product launch as soon as it happens.


Tracks from the new Gorillaz album leaked online because someone found them on Vimeo and guessed the password

Four songs from the new Gorillaz album leaked online on Monday night after fans of the band managed to crack the password on a Vimeo account related to the band.

A tracklist for the new Gorillaz album began to emerge after several songs were registered through music licensing company Phonographic Performance Ltd.

Reddit user omegapro200 Googled one of the songs listed on the leaked tracklist, "Saturnz Barz," and found a password-protected Vimeo video.


Google announces 'tougher' policies and hiring spree to prevent brand ads appearing next to extremist content (GOOG)

Google has responded to the major advertiser boycott of YouTube, after brands found their ads appearing next to hateful and extremist videos, with a plan to introduce "tougher" ad policies, increased controls for marketers, and a hiring spree to increase its capacity to review offensive content.

The announcement, made in a blog post on Tuesday by Google's chief business officer Philipp Schindler, comes on the same day The Times reported more than 250 companies — including global brands such as HSBC, McDonald's, Toyota and Heinz — have suspended their spending with the video ad platform. Last week, it appeared the issue was just affecting UK spend, but this report suggests it has now become a global concern.


Two of DeepMind's cofounders are setting up a new investment fund to back 'deep tech' startups across Europe (GOOG)

Two of DeepMind's three cofounders are quietly forming a network of angel investors to back European startups, The Sunday Times reports.

CEO Demis Hassabis and head of applied artificial intelligence Mustafa Suleyman, who sold their artificial intelligence (AI) company to Google in 2014 for £400 million, are reportedly rounding up a cohort of "celebrity entrepreneurs" or "super angels" to back the next generation of startups across the continent.

The investment network will pool financial resources to back a wide range of startups, but there will be a particular focus on backing those focusing on "deep technology," according to The Sunday Times. The group will reportedly start investing later this year.


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

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Google's EMEA chief Matt Brittin said the issue of brand ads appearing next to questionable — and sometimes extremist — content on YouTube is affecting "pennies, not pounds". He promised an announcement about how the company plans to tackle the issue in "the coming days."

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Adobe is now officially an ad tech company (ADBE)

Adobe has launched a platform called Advertiser Cloud that will allow its customers to manage and buy its digital and TV ads, the company announced Tuesday.

The launch follows Adobe's $540 million acquisition of video ad tech company TubeMogul, which closed in December.

The Adobe Advertising Cloud includes three components: Search, TubeMogul's demand-side platform, and what Adobe calls "dynamic creative optimization," which lets marketers change and test what their ads look like, depending on their performance.

The Advertiser Cloud will also integrate with other existing products that marketers use, such as Adobe Analytics.


Video ad tech firm Teads acquired by Dutch telco Altice for roughly $322 million

France-based video ad tech startup Teads has been snapped up by Dutch telecommunications company Altice for around $322 million (€300 million), several sources told Business Insider.

Teads will become a division of Altice following the transaction, making it the latest in a string of ad tech companies — from AOL and Yahoo to Verizon, Turn to Singtel, and Tapad to Telenor — to be acquired by a telco. 


WeWork is raising $3 billion from SoftBank and its massive tech fund

WeWork, the fast-growing office leasing startup, has raised $300 million from Japan's SoftBank and could rake in a total investment of $3 billion in a massive funding round, reports the Wall Street Journal

The deal could be among the first from SoftBank's $100 billion technology Vision Fund, which was announced last October and is being described as the largest fund of its kind in the world. 

WeWork has just received an investment of $300 million from SoftBank itself, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is expected to raise a further $2.7 billion from SoftBank's Vision Fund. 


Twitter is about to open up its live video platform, to take on Facebook (TWTR)

Twitter will make it easier for companies to stream live video on its service with the launch on Tuesday of a new set of features aimed at professional broadcasters, Business Insider has learned.

Media organizations and advertisers will be able to stream live video directly on Twitter using professional camera equipment, a person familiar with the matter said. Anyone can stream live video using the Twitter mobile app already, but broadcasters currently have no way of streaming with professional equipment unless they strike a deal with Twitter directly.

To stream live video on Twitter, companies have so far been forced to use the Twitter-owned Periscope live streaming app, which is complex to use with professional equipment and not directly integrated with Twitter. The company's new interface will let professional broadcasters bypass the Periscope app altogether and stream video directly from their Twitter accounts.