10 things in tech you need to know today

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1. Microsoft unveiled Mesh, a cloud for developers to build augmented reality applications. The goal is to allow anyone to join augmented reality meetings via Mesh on any device, not just a headset.

2. SpaceX engineers say they were left on an island without food. In a new book, rocket engineers for Elon Musk’s aerospace company say they refused to work until a helicopter brought them chicken and cigarettes. More on that here.

3. Compass, the Softbank-backed real-estate brokerage, has filed for an IPO. We examined the 261-page filing so you don’t have to. These are our five key takeaways. 

4. A foldable iPhone could arrive as soon as 2023. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the company’s most prominent product could see a major change. Wondering what that might look like? We’ve got you covered. 

5. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy backed a new ETF designed to track Reddit-driven social-media buzz. The exchange-traded fund is set to launch on the New York Stock Exchange this Thursday. More from his “emergency press conference” (as he called it) here. 

6. “Fortnite” maker Epic Games is buying Mediatonic, the British studio behind the smash-hit game “Fall Guys.” But fans can rest easy — Epic assured gamers that the acquisition wouldn’t alter “Fall Guys” gameplay.

7. Former moderators of Reddit’s WallStreetBets want to start their own ‘decentralized’ community. The group — which monitored the subreddit that ignited the GameStop stock-buying spree — wants to strike out on their own. Insider has the details. 

8. Apple has reopened all of its stores for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Since reopening the last of its stores in this state, all of Apple’s 270 US locations are open for business once again.

9. Some executives are criticizing Google’s ‘revenue share’ deals. The corporation has entered into several deals with ad-tech vendors — a move smaller firms are calling unfair sweetheart deals. Here’s what you need to know about the contentious agreements. 

10. The Amazon shakeup continues. Our exclusive report on the 15 executives with the most power under Amazon retail boss Dave Clark — and the four who got pushed down as he rose to CEO.

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