10 things in tech you need to know today, February 11


Mark Zuckerberg dog beast
Mark Zuckerberg’s dog, Beast.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

  1. Ex-Facebook security boss Alex Stamos says the company is like “Game of Thrones” at the highest levels of leadership. In an interview with CNN, the outspoken security pro said it could be difficult for Facebook execs to admit when they were wrong.
  2. Saudi Arabia denies role in leaking Jeff Bezos’ messages to National Enquirer, The Guardian reports. “This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
  3. Facebook’s $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition might not have happened if it wasn’t for Mark Zuckerberg’s Hungarian sheepdog. According to Zuckerberg, negotiations were tense but when Beast hopped onto WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum’s lap “a second later Jan goes like, ‘Okay,…



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