Technology

China blasts $52B CHIPS Act: Beijing is calling out the US’ efforts to boost chipmaking, citing violation of fair market practices. Manufacturers are caught in the middle of an intensifying conflict.

The state of public EV charging leaves much to be desired: Why would consumers invest in EVs when there’s a dearth of working public chargers? A study shows reliable charging could be the biggest hurdle to future EV adoption.

Europe’s startup slaughterhouse: After pandemic-era fattening, inflation, war, and an energy crisis have triggered a pullback in startup investment. Wintertime natural gas supplies and hiring are key indicators to watch.

Apple’s return to office could kickstart industry mandates: Companies are heading into their busiest quarter, requiring all hands on deck. Job uncertainty could complicate employees’ shift from remote to office work.

Network security on high alert: Security spending is rising as cyber threats and ransomware become more sophisticated. SMBs are most vulnerable yet most likely to cut expenses.

A 60-minute doomsday hack: The federal government’s leading security solution against the post-quantum cybersecurity threat is child’s play for hackers. Businesses could invest in nimbler security solutions amid growing vulnerability.

Amazon is acquiring Roomba vacuum maker iRobot, adding yet another connected device to its offerings.

Can’t afford a picnic: Microsoft cut contractors, laid off an entire division, and tightened its expense belt. Between gloomy cloud forecasts and regulations, things could get tougher for Big Tech.

Our Retail Reimagined podcast team talked connected fitness this week. Here are the highlights.

The rise of cybersecurity threats is changing the behaviors of both consumers and companies.

For the love of bots: Economic uncertainty and continued supply chain angst aren’t stopping the robotics sector from making science fiction a reality. With bots permeating society, ethics battles will follow.

CHIPS and Science Act a boon for US manufacturing: President Biden signs the bipartisan bill, and chipmakers like Intel, Micron, Qualcomm, and GlobalFoundries are on board with expanding their US chip fabrication.

Amazon’s Roomba acquisition is a data privacy nightmare: Regulators are worried that Amazon, which already has eyes and ears in consumers’ homes, will now be able to map and monitor those homes.

Nike wants Big Tech’s layoffs: In a shift to direct sales, Nike is spending big to lure technologists. It’s a trend that could diminish the tech sector’s pull on workers.

EV segment shakeup: Economic uncertainty and inflation have resulted in job cuts across the EV sector, which could slow down bigger players and cripple startups that were beginning to ramp up production.

Big Tech’s existential crisis: Following a decade-long heyday, announcements from tech leaders, layoffs, and hiring freezes indicate an abrupt cultural shift. A crisis looms as economics distracts from innovation.

The resilient cloud: The world is spending more on cloud infrastructure than ever before—underscoring tech’s most buoyant sector despite inflation, rising interest rates, and a down economy. But can networks handle unprecedented cloud growth?

Amazon lays off 100,000: As pandemic-era spending cools and the online ad market declines, hiring pauses and layoffs have become a relief valve for companies.

Road clears for new EVs: Automakers catch a break with federal support and increased EV production. Vietnam’s VinFast could shake-up the industry and put eyes on Southeast Asia’s minerals.