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Facebook is letting some users have up to five profiles tied to one account

Sep 24, 2022

Editor's take: Drastic times call for drastic measures. Facebook has seen user engagement slow in recent quarters, and competition from rival social platforms like TikTok is only expected to get more intense. If Facebook can stave off irrelevance at the expense of some longstanding policies, then so be it. Meta will soon allow select Facebook users to have up to five profiles tied to a single account. As part of an upcoming test, some users will be allowed to create up to four additional prof ...read more

Bungie officially becomes part of the Sony family

Sep 24, 2022

Why it matters: Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced the completion of the Bungie acquisition on Friday, officially making them part of the gaming industry's great shakeup. Originally announced in January, the $3.6 billion acquisition gives Sony complete access to Bungie's resources, player base, and their already established ability to support multiple gaming platforms. Despite the acquisition, Bungie says they will retain creative license and continue designing and publishing their ...read more

Intel 10th-gen Core i3 hits an all-time low price of $68

Sep 24, 2022

In brief: Amazon's Prime Day is over, but one deal still available right now is a historically low price on a quad-core Comet Lake. Other budget processors, including more recent Core i3s, also still have good prices, presenting an opportunity for anyone planning to build a low-cost PC this year. Intel's Core i3-10100 is TechSpot's best budget CPU for 2022, and Amazon currently offers its F variant at a lowest-ever $68 – 30 percent off its $100 MSRP. This model doesn't feature integrated gr ...read more

Switzerland Moves Ahead With Underground Autonomous Cargo Delivery

Sep 24, 2022

In 2016, we wrote about Cargo Sous Terrain, a (then) US $3.4 billion concept for underground cargo tubes full of automated delivery carts whisking goods between cities and logistics centers across Switzerland at 30 kilometers per hour. The idea behind CST is to provide for long-term freight transport without relying on expansion of road and rail networks, which are already stuffed with both freight and passengers and don’t have much room to grow. Like so many concepts of this kind, six ye ...read more

Amazon will pause Bellevue towers to study impact of hybrid work on its offices, still plans 25k jobs

Sep 24, 2022

Amazon will build out the shell and core of the planned 43-story Tower 1 at Bellevue 600, depicted at left in this architectural rendering, before pausing construction. It will wait to start construction on the 31-story Tower 2, at right.  (NBBJ Rendering) Citing ongoing uncertainty about the impact of hybrid work on its office designs, Amazon says it will pause construction on five towers in downtown Bellevue, Wash., and hold off, for now, on construction of a sixth new tower in the city. ...read more

Bitcoin cost of production sinks to $13,000, says JPMorgan

Sep 24, 2022

The big picture: As the crypto crash continues to leave Bitcoin prices depressed compared to their position a year ago, knock-on effects are still playing out in various areas. One of those is the production cost, and miners' efforts to control it may be a double-edged sword for the crypto market. JPMorgan Chase Co. reports that the cost of mining Bitcoin has fallen to around $13,000 from $24,000 since early June. Bloomberg notes that the drop is likely an effect of the crypto winter, but it' ...read more

This Week in Apps: Elon wants out, TikTok’s content ratings, a new milestone for subscription revenue

Sep 24, 2022

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in the first half of 2022, up only slightly from the $64.4 billion during the same period in 2021, as hypergrowth fueled by the pandemic has slowed down. But overall, the app economy is continuing to grow, having produced a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google ...read more

Amazon has handed over 11 Ring doorbell videos to police without owners' consent so far this year, report finds

Sep 24, 2022

Amazon gave police 11 Ring doorbell videos without consent in 2022 so far, per a US Senator probe. It shares videos after determining there is "imminent danger of death or serious physical injury." In the first six months of 2022 Amazon shared 11 Ring doorbell videos with law enforcement without first receiving consent from the owner, a probe into the technology by US Senator Ed Markey found. In each of the 11 instances, Amazon's vice president of public policy Brian Huseman said that Ri ...read more

What’s the Tech Background of an Autonomous-Vehicle Engineer?

Sep 24, 2022

Cruise, the San-Francisco–based designer and operator of all-electric self-driving cars, employs nearly 2,000 engineers, including somewhere between 300 and 900 engineers with Ph.D. degrees. They work in hardware and software. They specialize in AI, security, and safety. And though, indeed, some have robotics, automation, or automotive backgrounds, many don’t. Instead, they come from an incredibly long list of different technical fields—e-commerce, finance, game development, animation, ca ...read more

New trailer for Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series offers epic views of the return to Middle Earth

Sep 24, 2022

(Amazon Prime Video screenshot via YouTube) Amazon released the first full-length trailer Thursday for its upcoming Prime Video series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” and it appears to check all the visual boxes for fans of fantasy television. We’ll have to wait to see how the story holds up. “The Rings of Power” is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” “Be ...read more