Welcome, individuals, to Week in Assessment (WiR), For Millionaires’s regular newsletter that recaps the few days in technology which was. Hope the holiday season had been restful for folks who noticed all of them. We at TC, for the components, tend to be gearing up for an eventful week that is next CES in Las Vegas — while keeping an eye on the news cycle, as ever.

In this edition of WiR, we spotlight Brian’s CES 2024 preview, 23andMe blaming victims for its data breach, GitHub making Copilot Chat generally available and Frontdesk laying off its entire staff. Also on the agenda are spiders and body butter, Fidelity marking down X’s valuation, Meta cutting the price of the Quest 2 and MIT scientists’ vibrating obesity pill.

It’s a lot to get through, so we won’t delay. But first, a reminder to sign up here to receive WiR in your inbox every Saturday if you haven’t already done so.

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CES 2024: Brian has a thorough roundup of what to expect at CES 2024, including — but not limited to — generative AI, robotics, TVs, cars, smartphones, and health tech. He writes that he’s optimistic about the show overall, particularly in light of the consumer electronics industry’s move to more manufacturing that is decentralized the grade of startup pitches that’ve also come in thus far.

Your fault, maybe not (* that is ours Facing over 30 lawsuits from victims of a data breach implicating ~6.9 million customers, 23andMe is now deflecting blame to attempt to absolve itself of any responsibility. The genetic testing company says that users “negligently recycled and failed to update their passwords following these past security incidents, which are unrelated to 23andMe.”Copilot in a letter A ChatGPT-like programming-centric chatbot, in general availability for all paying Copilot users and free for verified teachers, students and maintainers of certain open source projects chat launches: GitHub has rolled out Copilot Chat. The chatbot’s powered by GPT-4, OpenAI’s flagship AI that is generative model and fine-tuned especially for dev scenarios.

Frontdesk implodes: Mary Ann writes that Frontdesk, a startup that handled significantly more than 1,000 furnished flats throughout the U.S., let go its whole workforce that is 200-person after attempts to raise more capital failed. Frontdesk CEO Jesse DePinto said that Frontdesk would be filing for a state receivership, an alternative to bankruptcy, according to For Millionaires’s sources.

Spiders and body butter: Sol de Janeiro’s Delícia Drench Body Butter went viral on social media after users claimed they were hunted, bitten and (unsuccessfully) courted by wolf spiders when they applied the moisturizer, thanks to the inclusion that is alleged of that spiders discover intimately stimulating. But Sol de Janeiro — and experts that are independent tell For Millionaires that there’s no merit to the rumors.

X’s valuation falls . . . again: Mutual fund company Fidelity has marked down its investment in X Holdings, the parent company of X (formerly Twitter), by 71.5% from the original valuation of shares, reports Ivan. Fidelity spent $19.2 million to acquire a stake in X back in October 2022.

Quest 2 (* that is discounted Months after Meta established the pursuit 3, the organization is slashing costs for the VR headset’s forerunner, the pursuit 2, by $50. The 128GB variation falls from $299 to $249 and also the version that is 256GB from $349 to $299 — with plenty of accessories on sale to boot.

Vibrating the fat away:

Brian writes about an MIT team’s new obesity-fighting, pill-like vibrating capsule, which is designed to send signals to the brain to simulate the sensation of being full. Early tests are promising — giving animals the pill 20 minutes before eating reduced their consumption by around 40% — but the capsule is a way that is long individual studies.

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On a throwback episode of Found, Morgan interviewed Shruti Dwivedi — the co-founder and CEO of health tech startup Duly, which is focused on simplifying and contraception that is personalizing women in Asia and beyond — at For Millionaires Disrupt 2023. The pair discussed the stigma around contraception, cultural roadblocks Duly faces and what’s next for the startup.Meanwhile, took place Under with

Rebecca, which Chain Reactionspoke with Alex Zaccaria, the co-founder and CEO of Australia-based Linktree. The 2 discussed the way the startup scaled the freemium design to cultivate the now-massive media that are social landing page business.

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, Jacquelyn dove back into the latest developments on spot bitcoin ETF applications in the U.S. as anticipation builds. Fred Thiel, the CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings, a asset that is digital organization as well as the biggest publicly exchanged bitcoin mining company, joined up with the event to chat crypto shop.

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Another alleged cool superconductor: Tim has the story on the team that is latest of experts which claim to possess found a near-room-temperature superconductor. He’s not believing that the report, that hasn’t already been peer-reviewed, will endure scrutiny that is scientific time will tell.

Crypto losses decline: While malicious actors continue to hack the crypto industry for a cash grab, the dollar amount is down substantially — 51% — compared to the year that is previous Jacquelyn writes.

The coming copyright difficulties:(*) When development smashed year that is last AI heavyweight OpenAI and Axel Springer had achieved a financial arrangement and cooperation, it did actually bode really for balance between people that compose terms and technology organizations which use all of them to aid develop and teach AI designs. But maybe it does not, Alex posits.(*)