Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Thursday.
1. Amazon is reportedly bidding to buy American Apparel’s bankrupt business. The move could help it ease its tension with Donald Trump, as the brand’s products are made in the US.
2. Speculation is mounting that Mark Zuckerberg wants to serve in government. He plans to tour US states, and recent court filings said he is interested in public office.
3. Longtime Apple fans feel forced to buy “pathetic” and “old” Macs from 2013. The Mac Pro hasn’t been updated in three years.
4. Amazon’s voice-assistant Alexa is coming to its first smartphone. It will come built in to the Huawei Mate 9.
5. Publishing platform Medium has laid off one-third of its staff and closed two offices. CEO Evan Williams says the ad-driven media model is “broken.”
6. Apple has taken down New York Times apps in China after a government request. Both the English-language and Chinese-language apps have been removed.
7. Samsung and Google teamed up to make two shape-shifting Chromebooks that run Android apps. Samsung announced the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro on Wednesday.
8. A finance app will send you alerts if Trump tweets about stocks you own. The President-elect’s tweets can have a volatile effect on stocks.
9. Tesla is surging. Its stock reached an all-time high on Wednesday.
10. Intel handed out barf bags for its event at CES. They were in case attendees felt sick during the virtual reality experience.
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