Currency Crash

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January 27, 2022

1_TOP NEWS

More Than $1 Trillion in Crypto Wealth Erased


Everyday investors who embraced crypto over the past two years now face a reckoning: Prices for cryptocurrencies have cratered since reaching all-time highs in early November, the Washington Post reports. The collapse, which accelerated over the past week, has wiped out $1.35 trillion in value globally.

2_BUSINESS

Apple Navigates Pandemic Challenges


Analysts believe Apple navigated pandemic-related supply chain issues better than rivals at the end of 2021, likely helping the iPhone maker surpass Wall Street revenue growth targets of 6 percent, Reuters reports. Apple, which is slated to post quarterly earnings today, was buoyed by strong iPhone 13 sales globally, sales in China and continued growth in Mac shipments.

3_SOCIAL MEDIA

YouTube's Monetization Machine


What's the secret to keeping YouTube growing and rich and earth-shatteringly successful? Keeping creators happy on YouTube. That's the answer drawn from CEO Susan Wojcicki's annual letter detailing YouTube's priorities for 2022, Protocol reports.

4_SECURITY

Nearly 100 WordPress Themes, Plugins Compromised

Researchers have found a total of 93 WordPress apps—40 themes and 53 plugins—have been compromised in a large backdoor attack that gives hackers full access to the websites those add-ons have been used for. The add-ons are used on more than 360,000 active websites, Tech.co reports. Jetpack has posted a list of the compromised apps.

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5_TECHNOLOGY

Better Disinformation Through AI


The internet is rife with disinformation, and bad actors are becoming more skilled at spreading conspiracy theories and falsehoods online. Grid reports that the growing sophistication of artificial intelligence systems could amplify the problem, from large language models like GPT-3 that can generate propaganda text to AI-created avatars that look like real people.

6_COMPUTING

Will 2022 Be the Year of the Laptop (Again)? 


Forget about new iPhones, Web3, and augmented reality headsets, Fast Company says. The most exciting tech product category in 2022 is ... the lowly laptop. Growing demand, an intensifying chip war, and fresh ideas have made mobile PCs cool again.

7_MOBILE

The Coming 3G Shutdown 

As AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon prepare to turn off their 3G wireless networks starting next month, the Wall Street Journal looks back on all 3G made possible—a working mobile web, location-based apps, and photo and video sharing. If you are one of the few people who still use a 3G device, your old phone soon will be cut off. No more phone calls. No more texts. Nada.

8_GEAR

Planned Obsolescence for Pixel Phones  


Three years ago, the Pixel 3 was the latest and greatest Google phone. Now, the company has stopped providing software updates, making it a security risk to use. Writes Vice's Aaron Gordon: "Unless you routinely destroy your phone within two or three years, there’s no justification from a sustainability perspective to keep using Android phones." 

9_DESIGN

The Magic of Wordle UX


Wordle, the massively popular word game that went viral over the last month, in most ways is not novel or unique. In fact, Joe Bernstein writes on UX Collective, there’s nothing inherently innovative about Wordle except for that intangible thing that sets so many companies and products apart from their competition: good UX.

10_SAY WHAT?

Refreshing Reality 


Like our social media feeds, our brains are constantly uploading rich, visual stimuli. But we don’t see the latest image in real time; instead, we see earlier versions because our brain's refresh time is about 15 seconds, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. Explains one researcher: "If our brains were always updating in real time, the world would be a jittery place with constant fluctuations in shadow, light and movement, and we'd feel like we were hallucinating all the time."

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