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

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

1. Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store. He told Uber CEO Travis Kalanick that the Uber app violated Apple's privacy rules.

2. Uber has delayed releasing the findings for its internal investigation into sexual harassment until the end of May. The delay was referred to in an internal memo sent by board member Arianna Huffington.

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Skype's billionaire cofounder funded a startup that delivers fresh local produce

Niklas Zennström, the cofounder and former CEO of Skype, has backed fresh produce delivery startup Farmdrop in a £7 million round through his Atomico fund.

New investors included SwiftKey CEO and cofounder Jon Reynolds, and Saracens Rugby club chairman Nigel Wray. ASOS cofounder Quentin Griffith, a previous backer, also participated in the round.

Farmdrop lets you buy fresh groceries from producers close to you, defining close as "within 150 miles." It competes directly with supermarkets and hands producers a bigger cut than if you bought the same product from a supermarket. The startup said it pays producers a 75% cut, "roughly double" what supermarkets pay. It also claims its food is fresher, because produce is only harvested once a customer's put in an order.


Google car spin-out says Uber is involved in a 'cover up' and is 'hiding a device'

Uber's star engineer Anthony Levandowski was "enticed" to copy valuable technology from Google and is now involved in a "cover up" to hide a device based on that technology, according to a new legal filing by Google's self-driving car unit Waymo.

The device in question is a Lidar unit, the radar sensor that self-driving cars use to map their surroundings. 

Uber allowed Waymo to inspect two Lidar devices after it was sued in February for allegedly stealing Waymo's Lidar design. 

But Waymo now says there is an entirely different version of the device that Uber is hiding somewhere. 


Facebook says the first technology to replace smartphones will be controlled with our brains (FB)

A prevailing theory in the tech industry is that smartphones will one day be replaced by normal-looking glasses that display virtual information onto the real world.

Leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believe the nascent technology, known as augmented reality, could eventually replace all screens, including TVs. They say that when you can display virtually anything onto the world around you, the need for physical displays is essentially erased.

The problem is that, while a traditional computer has a mouse and a smartphone has a touchscreen, there's no input equivalent for AR yet. How do you dismiss a notification or respond to a text when you're wearing a computer on your face?

The answer lies in connecting directly with your brain, Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer recently told Business Insider. And it's a big part of why Facebook


REVEALED: Apple documents offer first look at the tech giant's self-driving car technology (AAPL)

Apple has developed an "Automated System" for self-driving cars and the company is planning to put staffers through a specialized training program to operate the vehicles ahead of their planned testing on California roads. 

Apple documents obtained by Business Insider through a public records request provide the first look at the technology the company is building for self-driving cars. 

Apple obtained permits to test self driving cars on California roads earlier this month. But the company has kept details of its car effort under wraps, and has never discussed in detail any of its technology or business plans for self-driving cars. 


Ford CEO reveals his company’s plan to get cars to hit 54 miles per gallon by 2025 (F)

Ford is aggressively trying to achieve an average fuel economy for its fleet of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

That might come as a surprise considering the company was one of several auto companies that pushed the Trump administration to revisit emissions standards earlier this year. But Fields told Business Insider that hitting the fuel efficiency standards on time is still very much its plan. 

"Our intent is to meet the standard," CEO Mark Fields told Business Insider.

In 2011, the auto industry and the Obama Administration EPA agreed to the 54.5 mile per gallon target and the 2025 timeline as part of the


Theranos is being accused of running fake tests using outside lab gear

New court filings allege that Theranos used a shell company to purchase commercially available lab equipment and faked blood tests in presentations with prospective investors and business partners, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday

The documents were filed as part of Partner Fund Management's lawsuit against the blood-testing company.

Before October 2016, Theranos's business model was based around the idea that it ran blood tests using proprietary technology that requires only a small amount of blood. 

Theranos said in a statement:


The newest 'Call of Duty' game is returning to where the series started: World War II

Every year, a new "Call of Duty" game comes out — it's an annual franchise, like "Madden" and "FIFA," except it's a first-person shooter instead of a sports game.

2017 is no different, and this year's "Call of Duty" is on the verge of being revealed. On Friday we found out one crucial detail about the unannounced game, demonstrated in this image:

The new game is named, "Call of Duty: WWII." 

That's important for a few good reasons, but one stands out: It means that the "Call of Duty" franchise is returning to a type of warfare it otherwise abandoned years ago. Aside from the setting, the time period means slower weaponry with less precision and fewer bullets — a notable change from the type of futuristic weaponry seen in recent "Call of Duty" games.


'Crumbs are part of who we are': General Mills defends its messy Nature Valley bars

One minute, you're opening a harmless snack. The next, you're in a heap of what looks like sawdust and oats.

This is what enjoying a Nature Valley granola bar looks like.

Nature Valley bars have a near-mythic quality about them. They've been around for 42 years, but only in recent years have the memes and gifs and YouTube skits taken over — all to emphasize that, if you want to enjoy one, some tidying up will be in order.

Turns out General Mills is well aware of this controversy, and it has some choice words for the haters: Get over it. (Or, as the Nature Valley Twitter account sassily recommends in its pinned tweet, "EMBRACE THE CRUMBS.")


Apple just nabbed two top Google executives to run a secret hardware team (AAPL)

Apple may be working on satellites.

The company best known for the iPhone has hired two Google executives who were working on building satellites for the search giant, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

John Fenwick and Michael Trela joined Apple in recent weeks from Google, and they'll report to Greg Duffy, who was the founder of Dropcam, which was bought by Alphabet-owned Nest. 

Duffy joined Apple earlier this year. The Information reported that he was leading "a special project at Apple that is operating like a startup within the company."