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Tech News Roundup: April 14

Tesla is officially the most valuable auto manufacturer in the US

The electric car manufacturer has overtaken GM with a $51 billion stock market cap — although some say that the company’s valuation is based on its potential (and high hopes for Model 3) rather than actual accomplishment.

Google responds to gender gap claims by publishing pay methodology

In response to the US government’s accusation that Google systematically pays its female employees less than male employees, the search giant has publicly explained its “blind” worker compensation policy.

Amazon to offer voice tech to third parties
Companies are already building the Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant Alexa into their products, and now Amazon is also allowing applicants to use its seven-microphone system for even better voice recognition.

DeepMind prepares AI gaming festival

AlphaGo, the game-playing AI, will be pitted against humans in a series of exhibition challenges organised by Google DeepMind. Each match will include new formats and obstacles to encourage unorthodox and creative thinking.

McDonald’s is hiring teens through Snapchat

The fast food chain has introduced its own Snapchat filter in Australia as part of a recruiting drive; users can create a short video, see how they’d look in the uniform, and submit a virtual application.

Brands can now customise how fans engage on Twitter’s Periscope

In a bid to draw brands back to its live-streaming service from the increasingly popular Facebook Live, Periscope is offering the ability to create branded heart emojis, so users who enjoy your live content can whimsically flood the footage with your logo.

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