DawentsIT: All Things in Technology news you need to know this Wednesday-
1.Bill and Melinda Gates’ first divorce hearing is scheduled for this Friday.The couple announced their divorce less than two weeks ago.
2.Jeff Bezos’ space exploration company, Blue Origin, reportedly tried to poach SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell.According to a new book about Bezos, Shotwell turned the offer down because it “wouldn’t look right.”
3.Meet Google’s $55 million man, head of search Prabhakar Raghavan.Googlers told Insider about how Raghavan has re-shuffled executives at the search giant and become one of CEO Sundar Pichai’s most important lieutenants.
4.Tesla is reining in its expansion in China amid political tensions between Washington and Beijing.The automaker reportedly scrapped plans to expand its Shanghai factory, and will slow production in the country.
5.The Pentagon is reportedly considering severing its JEDI cloud contract with Microsoft to avoid hassle from Amazon.Amazon has mounted various legal challenges since the Trump administration awarded the defense contract to Microsoft.
6.Uber avoided paying nearly $6 billion tax by using 50 Dutch shell companies, a research group reported.Uber has talked about its Dutch tax haven before, but not in detail.
7.Jeff Bezos wanted to make a huge splash for Amazon’s climate pledge in 2019, and considered announcing it from a polar ice cap.This was revealed in a new book about the Amazon’s CEO’s career.
8.Police issued a warrant for a YouTuber who snuck into SpaceX’s Texas launch site.Caesar L. Galaviz filmed a Starship rocket while wandering around on the site for his vlog channel, “Loco VlogS.”
9.Mental-health startups have raised a record $1.9 billion in 2021 due to the pandemic.Q1 2021 saw global funding for mental health startups increase 54% on Q4 2020.
10.Sam Altman’s SPAC is looking to raise $400 million instead of its original $1 billion target.The Y Combinator founder’s SPAC is lowering its expectations less than two months after launch.