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By Corey Noles

5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Apple Begins Work on 6G

Just months after introducing its first 5G phone model, Apple is reportedly moving on to next gen. The company posted job openings this week seeking seeking wireless system research engineers for “current and next-generation networks.” The listings are for positions at Apple’s offices in Silicon Valley and San Diego, where most of its research takes place.

UK Supreme Court says Uber Drivers are Workers

Uber has lost its final challenge in the UK regarding whether Uber drivers are employees. The nation’s high court determined that ride share workers are employees entitled to minimum wage. According to the judgment, logging into the Uber Driver app is an agreement to “perform driving services for Uber London,” not as an independent contractor.

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Oculus Quest 2 Causes Face Rash

We’ve received a report that customers have experienced skin irritation from the foam on the facial interface of the Oculus Quest 2. Facebook addressed the issue on their support page saying, “We’ve received reports of skin irritation from about 0.01% of people using Quest 2.” The company is: “working with experts in dermatology and toxicology” to understand the root cause of the reports.

Musk Defends Tesla’s $1.5 Billion Bitcoin Bet

Elon Musk is doubling down on Tesla’s decision to invest in Bitcoin. He refers to holding Bitcoin as “simply a less dumb form of liquidity than cash.” Musk also added that he felt that was adventurous enough for an S&P500 company. “When fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn’t look elsewhere,” Musk tweeted. “Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money. The key word is ‘almost.'”

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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