10 things in tech you need to know today

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  1. Microsoft beat Wall Street estimates. The tech giant posted $37.2 billion in revenue for its fiscal first quarter, higher than expected, amid growth in the company's cloud business.
  2. Twitter and Facebook want to keep Section 230 protections. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plan to warn lawmakers that stripping back Section 230, a law which prevents tech companies being viewed as publishers, would hurt how we communicate on the internet.
  3. Apple bought an AI-company to boost Siri. The iPhone maker reportedly bought Barcelona-based Vilynx, which builds AI tools that analyze videos with the goal of "understanding" what's in them and categorizing that information, for $50 million. 
  4. Trump's campaign site went offline. Hackers accessed the site Tuesday and posted a message claiming "multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to Trump and relatives."
  5. AMD is acquiring Xilinx. AMD is buying its fellow US-chipmaker for $35 billion in an all-stock deal expected to close at the end of 2021.
  6. Reddit won't cut remote pay. The social media company said that its employees will not take a pay cut if they decide to move to more affordable cities. 
  7. Visa and Plaid's merger is at risk. The $5.3 billion deal is in jeopardy because of antitrust concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported. 
  8. Starlink's beta internet is here. SpaceX's public beta test for its satellite internet project will cost $600 upfront, and some users have already said they'll spend more for a better setup.
  9. Trump's campaign may have breached Facebook rules. The Trump campaign ran an ad on Facebook that appeared to imply an early victory for the president, a move that Facebook has said violates its policies.
  10. Google faces fresh antitrust pressure. Five search engine rivals have written to Europe's regulator complaining its choice screen for Android is ineffective.

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