10 things in tech you need to know today
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1. Apple will finally let customers fix their own iPhones. Apple's "Self Service Repair" program will begin selling parts for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 early next year. Until now, the only way to fix an iPhone has been by visiting an Apple Store, sending it to Apple, or going to an "Authorized Service Provider."
- The decision comes as a surprise to some, as Apple had for years lobbied against consumers' right to repair their own devices. According to the Verge, the announcement follows ongoing pressure from repair activists and regulators.
- The program will start with iPhones' most commonly replaced parts: screens, batteries, and cameras. Eventually, more components for iPhones and parts for Macs will become available.
In other news:
2. LA's Staples Center is being renamed Crypto.com Arena. The arena, home to the LA Lakers and LA Kings, will be renamed in a $700 million deal that will make crypto.com the teams' "official cryptocurrency platform partner." More on the new Crypto.com Arena.
3. Nike is ramping up its video-game efforts. As part of its emerging metaverse strategy, the retailer has named a seven-year company veteran as its head of video-game partnerships. How its new hire will push Nike further into the video game space.
4. Meta just previewed "haptic gloves" that will let people feel objects in the metaverse. The gloves, which Meta said it's been working on for seven years, simulate the feeling of touching an object in virtual reality — but a startup says the gloves look "substantively identical" to its own patented
5. Facebook gives this document to job candidates to prep them for the technical interview. The six-page guide, created for a senior software-developer role, breaks down the 60-minute process that candidates need to nail before moving on in the hiring process. You can read the internal document here.
6. The biggest coding bootcamps may exaggerate their success rates. While competing with other bootcamps for enrollment, some programs may have a financial incentive to overstate their effectiveness. We spoke with industry insiders, who explained how to choose one that will actually get you a job.
7. An electric vehicle battery shortage could be the auto industry's next chip crisis. Some experts believe that as EV production ramps up, there might not be enough batteries to go around — and it could cut global auto production by around 4% per year between 2025 and 2028. Here's what experts are saying.
8. Amazon said it would stop accepting UK-issued Visa credit cards. Citing high fees, the company told customers it would stop accepting credit cards on Jan. 19, but would continue accepting Visa debit cards. Visa responded, saying it would try to fix the problem. Everything you need to know about the decision.
9. SpaceX's Starlink internet could be coming to the Amazon rainforest. Elon Musk met with Brazil's communications minister to discuss providing satellite internet to indigenous communities, remote schools and health centers, as well as how Starlink could help monitor illegal deforestation. More on that potential partnership here.
10. A cyberattack caused cheese prices to tumble. Hackers allegedly targeted one of America's largest cheese producers, interrupting production and causing prices to fall as a result. Get the latest on the cheese hack.
What we're watching today:
- Intuit, Workday, Alibaba, and others are expected to report their earnings. Keep up with earnings here.
- Justin Bieber is putting on a performance in the metaverse.
- Sotheby's is going to accept live bidding increments in Ether for two Banksy works up for auction.
- Oppenheimer is hosting its annual Blockchain Digital Assets Summit.
- A laid-off Microsoft software engineer on an H1-B visa said she wonders 'where will I be living' with just 60 days to find a new job
- Mark Zuckerberg just ushered in a new era of tech, where profitability and efficiency trump perks and culture
- A Google engineer found out she had been laid off while she was on vacation when her boss sent her a LinkedIn message
- Leasing of industrial, logistics space highest in NCR in 2022 across top 8 cities: CBRE
- BYJU's to miss March 2023 deadline for group level profitability, results delayed again
- Dedicate Mumbai coastal road to Lata Didi, urges Mangeshkar family
- Adani Transmission reports 78% rise in Q3 net profit to ₹475 crore on one-time income
- Young boy builds an online kabadiwala biz after being inspired by his uncle's scrapyard 'heaven'