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Hi, I hope you have had a great Thursday so far. For me, it’s the little things that get me excited, and today is Delta Airlines’ announcement that frequent SkyMiles flyers, including yours truly, will get free Wi-Fi starting February 1. I hope you find something that interests you today. Let’s get into the news. – Christine
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- After more layoffs: Yesterday it was Salesforce. Today is Amazon. Although these layoffs were expected in recent months, today the number of people who have been let go is surprising. I imagine science doesn’t take the sting out of employees. pee It takes you inside the cuts.
- Secret secrets hurt someone: Secret secrets are not fun. Just ask CircleCI customers, who were urged to spin passwords and private keys after hacking into the company’s system, Carly reports.
- Take a bite of this appleIt’s clear that you all made a decision to read more in 2023. Among the announcements Apple made today, the one that got a lot of clicks was the company’s new AI-powered book novelizations for select titles on Apple Books, Ivan reports. If fitness is more your goal this year, Apple Fitness+ is adding new features, like kickboxing workouts and sleep meditation, ayishah Writes.
Startups and VC
Continuing what appears to be a trend in layoffs, Natasha MThe story is very important in getting the perspectives of ex-employees laid off from startups to see how they handle things and how their next jobs can develop. It also begs the question, “Where do tech people go from here?” I won’t spoil it for you, but there seems to be a cycle going on.
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- This may be the following text from Fido: My dog has a hard time telling me when he needs to go outside, so I’m looking forward to FluentPet’s talk button system that has programmable buttons that, when pressed, speak voice commands and text you. Sarah he has more.
- Virtual reality isn’t just for the little ones: Rendever, a big VR startup, acquired Alcove from AARP, and showed that VR is getting bigger, Ingrid reports.
- Neighbors don’t shake hands. Neighbors must hug!: Okay, well, maybe not hugging, but if you live in an apartment complex and want to get to know others who live nearby, you might want to check out my story on OneRoof to get some funding to help apartment dwellers relax with their neighbors.
- Here is an optimistic metaverse: AI conversational company MeetKai expands its offering with new room-scanning technology and a metaverse creator with a focus on capturing objects and spaces, Kyle Writes.
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If you couldn’t tell from your Twitter feed, CES is happening. Brian CES introduces and how you can get all the cool details of the rest of the conference. Kyle Help you too by compiling a list of the best AI-powered products seen at the conference.
One story that particularly caught our attention today was KyleStory on Ring is bringing back the peephole camera. It was something that was apparently ahead of its time, as Ring shut down the product in 2021. Now it’s back in full glory and it can be yours starting at $129.
Here are some of our favorites from the current batch of CES stories:
Our team wrote 51 Big Tech stories today, so I’m giving you one more than the usual five:
- Back in the saddle again: Who made the former CEO of Stitch Fix take back the helm on the 2023 BINGO Card? no one? Cosmic He fills in some of the details surrounding Katrina Lake’s temporary return, adding to a CNBC report that featured another round of layoffs, this time 20% of the company’s 1,700 employees.
- You must fight for your right to communicate privately: And WhatsApp is 100% behind you. ayishah Reports indicate that the messaging giant has launched proxy support for users globally so that they can maintain access even if their connection is blocked or broken.
- Art is in the eye of the beholder powered by artificial intelligence: Kyle Reports on Picsart’s AI-powered SketchAI app that turns photos and outlines into digital art.
- And the broadcast crown goes to…: Lauren He writes about Roku ending 2022 with a new milestone — more than 70 million active accounts. The streaming company claims to still be #1 among streaming TV platforms in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in hours streamed.
- Another byte of encryption dust: Jacqueline Reports indicate that the New York Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Alex Mashinsky, the former CEO of Celsius, for allegedly defrauding cryptocurrency investors. The cryptocurrency lender filed for bankruptcy over the summer.
- ping privacy: like Natasha L Notes, Apple received a rare fine. France’s data protection watchdog group has fined the consumer tech giant $8.5 million over Apple’s practice of “failing to obtain local mobile users’ consent before placing (and/or reading) advertising identifiers on their devices in violation of local data protection law.” .”