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January 30 · Issue #140 · View online

Stuff that matters.

Apple Stumble; Facebook’s Bad Research App; GameStop Off the Block

How about that Apple. Earnings reports aren’t as much fun when companies deliver spoilers nearly a month in advance. That’s what Apple did with its eagerly-anticipated 2019 Q1 earnings report, delivering a warning in early January, which ended up painting a pretty accurate picture of the news Apple delivered for real on Tuesday. As expected, iPhone sales took a dive (down 15%, the company no longer reports unit sales) and market conditions in China are still extra-tough. There was some good news, like rising Mac and iPad sales and that incredible services business. What’s clear, though, is that Apple needs another big-hit product to steer its way out of these headwinds.
Apple's stock is 'cheap' but the iPhone maker needs a 'killer' app or product soon
For research purposes. Facebook is in hot water – again. This time we learned that the company paid some users $20 gift cards to install a research app that could essentially see all the phone and web activity they usually keep private. The app they used to do this is so invasive that Apple once banned it from the app store. Facebook insists it wasn’t spying–this was purely an opt-in program — but some worry about the number of teens in the program who might do almost anything for $20. Personally, I think today’s teens are savvier than that. In any case, Facebook will probably be explaining this one for a while.
Facebook will shut down its controversial market research app for iOS - The Verge
Game over. GameStop has been struggling a bit of late, dealing with debt, the loss of a long-time leader, and a now abandoned effort to sell the company. There’s no sign the retailer with stores all over the country is going anywhere, but there are concerns about its long-term viability in the face of pressures from larger retailers and game subscription and streaming services.
GameStop says it’s no longer for sale, stock promptly plummets - MarketWatch
Cold charge. Much of the U.S. is sinking into an artic freeze over the next few days. This is bad news for humans and, perhaps, for some of their electric cars, too. While these cars can handle snow and ice with the best of them, extremely cold temps can impact regenerative braking and recharging. This handy primer explains how to help your EV during the polar vortex.
Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them | WIRED
For Harry Potter The government is just like us: They want to believe in invisibility cloaks, interdimensional travel, and dark energy, or at least they want to prove if they’re possible. According to a recently released report, the Pentagon spent $22 million studying some of these non-existent phenomena.
The Pentagon Spent $22M Studying UFOs, Dark Energy, Invisibility Cloaks -
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