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- further layoffs: Yesterday was Salesforce. Amazon today. These layoffs were foreseen in recent months, but the number of people laid off was a surprise today. Pole It will take you inside the cut.
- a secret secret hurts someone: Secret secrets are no fun. A CircleCI customer was asked to rotate passwords and private keys after the company’s systems were compromised. curly report.
- bite this apple: It looks like you’ve made the decision to read more in 2023. Among the announcements Apple made today that got the most clicks was its new AI-powered book narration for select titles on Apple Books. Ivan report. If fitness is your goal this year, Apple Fitness+ adds new features like kickboxing workouts and sleep meditations. Aisha writing.
Startups and VC
Continuing what appears to be a trend of layoffs, Natasha M.Stories from ex-employees who have been laid off from startups are invaluable in learning how they handle things and how their next job will evolve. She also asks, “Where are technology workers going from here?” No spoilers, but it seems like a cycle is underway.
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- The following text may be from Fido: My dog won’t tell me when I need to go outside. That’s why we’re eyeing her FluentPet’s talking button system with programmable buttons. Press the button to speak voice commands and send messages. Sara There are more.
- VR isn’t just for young people: Rendever, a leading virtual reality space startup, acquired Alcove from AARP, signaling that “VR is coming of age.” Ingrid report.
- Neighbors don’t shake hands. Neighbors must hug!: Okay, maybe it’s not a hug, but if you live in an apartment complex and want to get to know other people who live nearby, OneRoof raised the money so that apartment dwellers can get along with their neighbors. Check out my story to help you become
- This is the metaverse optimist: Conversational AI startup MeetKai is expanding its offering with new room scanning technology and a metaverse builder focused on object and spatial capture. Kyle writing.
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If your Twitter feed doesn’t tell you, CES is on. Brian So let me introduce you to CES and show you how to get all the details about the rest of the conference. Kyle It also helped compile a list of the top AI-powered products seen at the conference.
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Here are some favorites from today’s series of CES stories.
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- back in the saddle: Who is the former CEO of Stitch Fix at the helm of the 2023 BINGO card? Anyone? Connie Filled in some details surrounding Katrina Lake’s return for an interim assignment, adding to CNBC’s report that included another layoff, this time 20% of the company’s 1,700 employees. increase.
- have to fight for the right to communicate privately: And WhatsApp is 100% behind you. Aisha The messaging giant reports that it has launched global proxy support to help users maintain access even if connectivity is blocked or interrupted.
- Art is in the eye of the beholder powered by AI: Kyle We report on Picsart’s AI-powered SketchAI app that transforms images and outlines into digital art.
- And Streaming Crown is…: Lauren writes about Roku closing out 2022 with a new milestone of over 70 million active accounts. The streaming company still claims to be the #1 TV streaming platform in the US, Canada, and Mexico for streaming hours.
- another byte of cipher dust: Jacqueline The New York Attorney General has reportedly sued former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky for deceiving cryptocurrency investors. The cryptocurrency lender filed for bankruptcy over the summer.
- privacy ping: as Natasha L. Note, Apple has been fined on rare occasions. A French data protection watchdog linked Apple’s practice of “not obtaining local mobile users’ consent before placing (and/or reading) advertising identifiers on their devices, in violation of local data protection laws.” and fined the consumer tech giant about $8.5 million.