Good morning! Here’s your morning primer on what’s happening in the tech world.
1. There are reports that Samsung’s latest phone, the Galaxy Note 8, has a battery issue: Some customers using the Galaxy Note 8 are complaining that the battery in their phones stops charging.
2. Apple’s latest proxy filing revealed that CEO Tim Cook made $US12.8 million in 2017 – a 46% raise from the previous year: Apple’s board is also requiring that Cook fly private from now on “in the interests of security and efficiency.”
3. BuzzFeed fired its White House correspondent following allegations of inappropriate comments to a colleague:Adrian Carrasquillo was let go following an internal investigation, a representative told Business Insider on Wednesday.
4. The mysterious bitcoin tycoon who promised to give away their $US86 million fortune has made another donation: The wealthy bitcoin investor whose identity is still unknown gave $US1 million in bitcoin to The Internet Archive.
5. Nintendo is reportedly delaying the availability of 64 GB game cartridges for its Switch console into 2019: Without higher-capacity cartridges, it’s going to be harder for developers to bring their top-tier, graphically-intensive titles to the Switch.
6. Snapchat is reportedly working on a feature that would enable third-party publishers to share Snapchat Stories on outside platforms: The project is being led by Rahul Chopra, who previously served as CEO of the social news aggregation service Storyful, as well as global head of video for News Corp.
7. Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, is now the company’s second-best-paid exec:Srouji oversees Apple’s growing processor-making operations, spearheading the design of custom iPhone chips.
8. HQ Trivia set a new record on Christmas Day, as 730,000 people tuned in live to compete for an unusually large $US12,000 jackpot:That’s more than twice as many people as usual for the 4-month-old app, which had around 300,000 players per game through much of December.
9. Instagram rolls out “Recommended for You” posts in its main feed: Your Instagram feed will no longer only show you photos from friends and ads, a significant change for the social network.
10. Apple and Amazon are reportedly in licensing talks to invest in Saudi Arabia: While both companies already sell their products in Saudi Arabia through third parties, Reuters reports that neither company has a direct presence.
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