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January 11, 2023, 11:40 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 …
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:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans to update the Xbox Series X and S consoles to switch to an energy-saving Shutdown mode and is working on a smarter Sleep mode for active hours  —  Microsoft is planning to switch Xbox Series X and S owners over to an energy-saving power mode in a bid for sustainability and cost savings.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Canalys, IDC, and Gartner report global PC shipments fell for the fourth consecutive quarter in Q4 2022, by 28%-29% YoY to 65.3M-67.2M units; Dell fell ~37% YoY  —  When you look at fourth quarter worldwide PC sales data from Canalys, IDC and Gartner, it's fair to say that the news was not great …
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:
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 …
Frank Landymore / Futurism:
CNET has been using an “AI engine” to write financial explainers under a CNET Money byline since November 2022, reviewed, fact-checked, and edited by a human  —  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.
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Amazon partners with Ava Labs, which develops the Avalanche blockchain, to support Avalanche's infrastructure and dApp ecosystem through its AWS marketplace  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Ava Labs, the company building out layer-1 blockchain Avalanche …
Joe Biden / Wall Street Journal:
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:
Gary Marcus / The Road to AI We Can Trust:
Source: OpenAI will get all of the equity back once $92B in profit plus $13B in initial investment are paid to Microsoft and once other investors earn $150B  —  I don't usually write about business deals, much less about rumors about business deals, but this one has me scratching my head …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter says that the company's investigation found “no evidence” that its users' data sold online was obtained by exploiting vulnerabilities in its systems  —  Twitter said that after investigating reports that data on upwards of 400 million users was being sold online, it found …
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 …
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 …

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