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10 THINGS IN TECH YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

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1. The major antitrust trial between Apple and "Fortnite"-maker Epic Games kicks off today. Epic is suing over Apple's App Store policies, particularly the cut that Apple takes from sales on its platform. Apple CEO Tim Cook is among the high-profile executives that will testify.

2. Scientists couldn't stop a (fictitious) space rock from decimating Europe. Space agencies around the world took part in a NASA simulation of an asteroid-impact scenario — and showed how unprepared we are for such a crisis. Here's what happened during the exercise.

3. Etsy is awash with illicit products it claims to ban, including ivory and dangerous weapons. An Insider investigation identified roughly 800 listings on Etsy selling banned products — from dead pets to poisonous plants and porn. A look at Etsy's illicit arsenal.

4. SpaceX returned its first full astronaut crew to Earth. The four astronauts completed a six-month stint on the International Space Station. Watch video of the splashdown here.

5. YouTube TV has been pulled from Roku devices. The reason? Google, the streaming service's parent company, is locked in a contract dispute with Roku. Here's what that means for Roku users.

6. Amazon confirmed Prime Day will happen earlier in the summer this year. The annual mega-deals event will return to a summertime slot this year, after being pushed back to October last year due to the pandemic. What you need to know.

7. Google's hot desk invention solves one of the biggest frustrations of sharing a workspace. The desk, which is still a prototype, remembers employees' preferences — when a worker scans their badge, the desk will automatically adjust to the right height and tilt. The desk could be a new must-have for hybrid working.

8. If you have $300,000, you can buy a gold-plated Nintendo Wii made for Queen Elizabeth II. The gaming console was custom made for the queen, who rejected it and sent it back. Now, it's up for sale on eBay — and it could be yours. Check out the Wii here.

9. These 10 headhunters are helping fintechs land big hires and stand out in the talent war. Fintechs like Coinbase, Stripe, and SoFi have turned to outside recruiting firms to attract top talent. See our comprehensive list of the recruiters.

10. Fintech startup Marqeta is going public in June, sources tell Insider. Marqeta — which issues debit cards to companies like DoorDash and Instacart, and banks like Goldman Sachs — was last valued at $4.3 billion. Get the scoop on its IPO plans.


Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @JordanParkerErb.

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