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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Monday…

–Elon Musk takes to Twitter to say that artificial intelligence (AI) carries “vastly more risk” than the threat from North Korea.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier has stepped down from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council saying Trump didn’t condemn the Charlottesville protests and violence strongly enough. Frazier is the first person on the council to step down since the weekend. The council also includes Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

 

–James Denmore, the Google engineer fired for posting his open letter criticizing the company’s diversity policies, took to Reddit over the weekend to explain his stance.

–Facebook’s Messenger will now deliver music recommendations from Spotify when musiscians are mentioned in a conversation.

Google’s Waymo business has patented a softer self-driving car. The aim is to reduce injuries in car collisions.

–Google has acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle company that makes technology so that smartphones can turn into monitoring devices for collecting health information on matters such as hemoglobin and pulmonary functions.

Several apps on the Google Play Store have been infected with SonicSpy spyware. If the spyware is activated, it can record audio, take pictures, make phone calls, retrieve call logs, send text messages, and get information about the WiFi access points used by the device.

–Anyone interested in buying Bitcoin? Well, it just passed $4,000 only about a week after hitting the $3,000 mark.

Photo: Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a conference at the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference on Dec. 2, 2015. Musk has tweeted that he believes people should be more concerned about artificial intelligence that matters with North Korea. (Francois Mori/AP)

 

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