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Let’s dive into today’s Tech:
ALL THINGS TECHNOLOGY NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
1.America has a problem: China — the world’s largest car market — doesn’t want its vehicles. In 2022, data shows Ford and General Motors’ car sales in China each dropped more than 20% from the year before. Paired with a rise in EV demand, the US carmakers are in an alarming position.
*“It’s pretty much the consensus belief that the US automakers are increasingly irrelevant” in China, one analyst told Insider. Plus, Chinese automakers are rapidly filling in the market share that US automakers are losing.
*Other than Tesla, popular US auto brands lost major ground in China last year. Ford’s CEO even acknowledged that the most successful luxury car companies there only sell EVs.
*My colleagues Alexa St. John and Nora Naughton break down how the future of US automakers hinges on China.
In Other News:
2.”I used AI to create my professional headshots.” Some were “comically awful.” Others gave my careers colleague Rebecca Knight a self-esteem boost.
3.The CEO of Snap said he would love a US TikTok ban. Evan Spiegel thinks the ban would benefit Snap in the short term. But he’s also worried about what the ban could mean for the future of tech.
4.Expired Chromebooks create “piles of electronic waste.” Many schools purchased Chromebooks for students when the pandemic started. But three years later, the laptops are reaching their expiration dates.
5.It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s a fleet of flying cars. Although Google founder Larry Page’s flying car company Kittyhawk majorly flopped, it left us with some interesting vehicles.
6.Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by angry employees. His company just went through another round of layoffs last week. And employees questioned why execs still received massive bonuses amid poor company performance.
7.The student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet said his Facebook page was taken down. Jack Sweeney said Facebook cited “impersonation” for the decision.
8.Spotify’s mystery song. It’s a 53-second tune. But the audio was uploaded at least 49 times to Spotify, each with a different name, artist, writing credit, and cover art. Users immediately started to investigate what was happening.
Odds and Ends:
9.The bleak motive behind Saudi Arabia’s futuristic desert city. The Line is a 100-mile “mega-city” developed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (here’s everything you need to know about it, by the way). But recent deals with China reveal a dystopian vision.
10.An inside look at India’s 15,000 abandoned mansions. Spice and gem tycoons built them from around 1850 to when World War II started. The average mansion is 40,000 to 50,000 square feet and has 50 rooms.
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