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By Corey Noles

5 Things to Know This Morning — Thursday, February 3, 2022

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.

Stunning Concept Ocean Spiral City Would Be a Modern Atlantis

Ocean Spiral City, an engineering concept city designed by Japanese architects Shimizu Corporation, is an underwater city slated to give the world a real-life Atlantis. The city will be powered by the ocean and sail the planet underwater. Ocean thermal energy conversion, the planned fuel source, would make it quite possibly the most sustainable city on Earth. When the project was unveiled in 2014, they estimated 2030 for the first residents, but updates have been few and far between.

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Facebook Parent Meta to Lose $195 Billion, Set Record

Meta stock took a historic nosedive this week, losing $195 billion in a single day. That marked a 22% plunge quickly following up a rather poor earnings report. If traders who “buy the dips” buy-in today, some of that could be erased, but there’s no way to guess how much. Analysts weighing in on the company’s earnings offered a pretty bleak forecast citing stronger competition and weaker than expected revenue.

Some Tesla Drivers Complain of Sudden, Forceful Stop

More than 100 Tesla drivers are complaining their cars are making random, jolting stops without warning. Known as phantom braking, the issue comes following a software update and the discontinuation of using radar sensors. In addition, Tesla recalled 54,000 cars this week as vehicles in full self-driving mode were occasionally rolling through stop signs.

Pulsed Electromagnetic or Ultrasonic Energy May Be Cause of Havana Syndrome

A panel appointed to investigate “Havana Syndrome” believes it to be more than hysteria or psychosomatic effects. The panel reports that the syndrome could be pulsed electromagnetism or ultrasonic energy. No assertions were given as to who or what caused that exposure, but examined what they call “casual mechanisms.” They do acknowledge there are still serious information gaps, but a formal acknowledgment of the condition is an important step for those suffering.

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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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