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5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

January 28, 2021
By Corey Noles


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.

Amazon App Icon Gets a Facelift

The Amazon app icon has been left mostly, if not entirely, unchanged since apps became a thing in the 2000s. The Amazon logo above the shopping cart is an iconic image in the history of modern retail. As of this week, the app resembles one of its boxes, complete with smiley face and a strip of blue tape.

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Apple App Store photo

Police Dismantle Global Hacking Syndicate

Police in eight countries worked in concert to dismantle what they call the most dangerous malware network in the world. This hacker syndicate is responsible for $2.5 billion in global damages to public and private institutions. Police seized stashes of cash, gold bars and computer hard drives. For more on this story, check out the original Vice article.

Musk: Robotaxis Justify Tesla Value

Tesla’s stock has increased 700% over the last year and is currently valued at 213 times its expected 2021 revenue, according to CNBC. Elon Musk believes those numbers make sense because the company is still in high growth mode and sees every car made as also bringing in incremental profit for years to come. In May 2020, he shook the market by announcing he felt the stock price was too high, but it seems he has since shifted gears.


Elon Musk Tesla Space X

Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur, at TED2013: The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Long Beach, CA. Photo: James Duncan Davidson | CC BY-NC 3.0

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Electricity Could be the Key to Decarbonizing…

…but it won’t be easy. As society continues to push away from internal combustion engines, there are other issues that need to be addressed before decarbonization will become a thing. A CNBC report states that the biggest challenge may come from heating homes, with some 20% of carbon emissions coming as a result.



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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