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1. John McAfee has died by apparent suicide in jail while awaiting extradition on tax evasion charges. McAfee, 75, was found dead in a Barcelona jail cell on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to face US-based charges. What we know so far.
2. Six Amazon employees reveal what’s driving people to quit. We spoke with half a dozen employees who all cited the same issues: surveillance, the work’s monotonous nature, and burnout. Here’s what else they told us.
3. These 19 companies are the most promising retail startups of 2021. Top VCs named the startups they’re most excited about this year – from Slice, a pizza delivery app, to Tonal, an at-home smart gym system. Check out our list of the ones to keep an eye on.
4. Apple warned that allowing iPhones to use apps from outside its App Store is a security risk. The warning comes as lawmakers seek to force Apple to allow apps from anywhere to be installed on iPhones. Why Apple says “sideloading” apps outside the App Store is dangerous.
5. Microsoft has hit a $2 trillion market valuation for the first time. It’s the second US-listed company – following Apple – to hit the $2 trillion mark. Get the full rundown here.
6. Mark Zuckerberg’s ghostly sunscreen application is back – this time, it’s plastered on his surfboard. It’s an image that haunts us all: Zuck surfing with a thick layer of sunscreen on his face. Now, you can see it immortalized on his surfboard.
7. Tech legend Marc Andreessen says the rise of remote work might be more important than the internet. It’s “a permanent civilizational shift” that has globally expanded the number of good jobs, he recently wrote. Wondering what the future of work should look like for you? Take this quiz to determine if you work best from home, an office or somewhere in between.
8. Apple CEO Tim Cook called Nancy Pelosi to ask her to slow down six tech antitrust bills. The bills – which Cook said would stifle innovation – are aimed at breaking up any market dominance tech giants like Apple, Google, and Facebook hold. More on Cook and Pelosi’s call.
9. Austin lured 67,000 new residents – including numerous tech execs and entrepreneurs – last year. We spoke with recent transplants who told us how no state income tax and a rollicking social scene drew them to the Lone Star State. Take an inside look at life in Texas.
10. Tractable survived near-death, then its founder turned it into a $1 billion unicorn. Just a few years ago, Tractable was hanging on by a thread. This year, the company announced a round of funding that valued it at $1 billion. How CEO Alex Dalyac and his cofounders transformed the startup.
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