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ALL THINGS TECHNOLOGY NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
1.Silicon Valley’s tech titans are in serious trouble. Tech founders have cultivated reputations as geniuses. But as stocks tank and layoffs take hold, many are watching their empires crumble — and within a few years, some of the hottest innovations will simply disappear.
–This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a tech bubble expand and burst. But what makes this time so different is the scale of the destruction it will leave behind.
–According to Jim Chanos, founder of short-selling firm Kynikos Associates, the companies that could crumble this time are even bigger — and they make up a bigger slice of the economy.
–“Our typical short in early 2000 was a $2 billion to $3 billion company that was going away,” Chanos said. “This go-round it’s a $20 billion to $30 billion company. That’s why we call this the dot-com era on steroids.”
In Other News:
2.Microsoft is slowing down hiring. The company is the most recent tech giant to slow recruitment efforts, scaling back hiring for its Windows, Office, and Teams divisions.
3.Elizabeth Holmes wants a judge to overturn her convictions on wire fraud charges. Court documents show the Theranos founder’s lawyer arguing that there is “insufficient evidence” for any “rational juror” to proceed with the conviction.
4.Salesforce reports earnings today — and they could predict just how hard the downturn will affect the industry. Wall Street’s eyes are on the company, with investors seeing it as a bellwether for how much customers are willing to spend on cloud.
5.Gopuff put 22 warehouses on the chopping block. The fast-delivery sector is suffering a brutal post-pandemic slump, and nearly two dozen Gopuff warehouses across the United States are the latest casualties.
6.A researcher says her avatar was sexually assaulted in the metaverse. The encounter took place in Meta’s social-networking platform Horizon World, making her the latest victim of sexual abuse on Meta’s platforms, a watchdog group said in a new report.
7.Cloud computing’s favorite business model is starting to look like a huge risk. As markets sour, the popular pay-as-you-go model for cloud computing has become a massive liability.
8.Lonely? Might we suggest a companion robot? To help combat feelings of isolation in older adults, New York state officials are giving out the so-called companion robots to more than 800 senior citizens.
9.The SEC asks Elon Musk to explain the delay in disclosing his stake in Twitter. It comes amid speculation that the Tesla CEO was attempting to manipulate the market. Over the weekend, the internet was trying to decipher the meaning behind Musk’s cryptic Tweets, particularly this one cartoon.
10.Amazon just opened its first brick-and-mortar clothing store. Making use of touchscreens and QR codes, the store allows customers to do things like request different styles and sizes without leaving the fitting room.
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