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January 11, 2023, 8:15 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on Macs with a touchscreen; the first model may be a MacBook Pro with an OLED display supporting gestures, set to be released in 2025  —  Apple Inc. is working on adding touch screens to its Mac computers, a move that would defy long-held company orthodoxy and embrace …
CoinDesk:
Bankruptcy hearing: FTX has recovered $5B+, not including $425M held by the Bahamas or “illiquid cryptocurrency tokens”; FTX gave Alameda a $65B line of credit  —  The announcement substantially raises the total FTX has recovered since filing for bankruptcy last year but it's still short of what customers are owed in total.
Wall Street Journal:
New York Times:
Sources: in December, Twitter started considering auctioning off usernames to generate revenue; Elon Musk had said he wants to free up 1.5B inactive usernames  —  The company has discussed selling some user names through online auctions, people with knowledge of the plans said.
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Joe Biden / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Memo: Microsoft plans to give US salaried staff unlimited Discretionary Time Off plus 10 corporate holidays, leaves of absence, mental health time off, and more  —  Microsoft is giving its US employees unlimited time off.  The announcement was made in an email to employees from Kathleen Hogan …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches Apple Business Connect, letting US business owners update and manage their information for Apple Maps, a feature Google Maps has had since 2005  —  Apple Maps today is gaining a new tool that will allow the decade-plus-old service to better compete with Google …
Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
Reuters:
The FAA says a preliminary review traced its system outage to a damaged database file; sources say the same file corrupted both the main system and its backup  —  U.S. flights were slowly beginning to resume departures and a ground stop was lifted after the Federal Aviation Administration …
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
AWS partners with Ava Labs, which develops the Avalanche blockchain, to support Avalanche's infrastructure and dApp ecosystem through the AWS marketplace  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Ava Labs, the company building out layer-1 blockchain Avalanche, to help scale blockchain …
Frank Landymore / Futurism:
CNET has been using AI, which it calls automation technology, to write financial explainer posts under a CNET Money Staff byline, apparently since November 2022  —  Next time you're on your favorite news site, you might want to double check the byline to see if it was written by an actual human.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI says it's “starting to” think about monetizing ChatGPT, possibly via a ChatGPT Professional version, asks members what price would be too low, and more  —  OpenAI this week signaled it'll soon begin charging for ChatGPT, its viral AI-powered chatbot that can write essays, emails, poems and even computer code.
Dhruv Mehrotra / Wired:
SweepWizard, a US police app built by ODIN, leaked data like personal officer info, locations of suspects' homes, raid times, and more due to a misconfiguration  —  SweepWizard, an app that law enforcement used to coordinate raids, left sensitive information about hundreds of police operations publicly accessible.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces 365 Basic for $1.99 per month, replacing the 100GB OneDrive storage option, rolling out globally on January 30 with ad-free Outlook and more  —  Microsoft is introducing a new consumer tier to its Microsoft 365 subscription offerings.  Priced at just $1.99 per month …
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
The Guardian confirms the outlet was hit with a ransomware attack in December 2022 and that the personal data of UK staff was accessed, possibly via phishing  —  Media firm says personal data of UK staff members was accessed in ‘highly sophisticated’ cyber-attack last month
Riley de León / CNBC:
Supply chain software startup Flexport lays off 20% of its global workforce, or ~640 employees; the company raised $935M at an $8B valuation in February 2022  —  - Supply chain software startup Flexport is laying off 20% of its global workforce, or roughly 640 employees, according to a memo from co-CEOs Ryan Petersen and Dave Clark.

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