Sony looks beyond the PlayStation 5 with its own brand of PC gaming gear

Sony’s new PC gear will help it expand its reach in gaming beyond PlayStation. Sony Sony is launching its own range of gaming-focused computer monitors and headsets, hoping to tap into the lucrative high-end PC gaming market as it looks beyond its main PlayStation console brand. Called Inzone, Sony’s PC gaming lineup features two monitors. The Inzone M9 monitor is the priciest of the pair, retailing at $900. It features a 27-inch display with 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate — meaning a smoother picture. A less expensive model,…

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Amazon limits how many Plan B pills you can buy as demand surges

Amazon has limited sales of emergency contraceptive pills as demand spikes following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and ending the constitutional right to have an abortion. The company has placed a temporary quantity limit of three units per week on emergency contraceptive pills, Amazon confirmed to CNBC. A review of emergency contraceptive pills sold on Amazon showed varying quantity limits. A listing for Plan B, a popular brand of the drug Levonorgestrel, showed purchases were capped at three products per shopper. Meanwhile, one listing for…

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As Klarna and Affirm falter, a new breed of ‘buy now, pay later’ startups are stealing the spotlight

Klarna is in talks to raise funds at a sharp discount to its last valuation, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. A spokesperson for the firm said it doesn’t comment on “speculation.” Jakub Porzycki | NurPhoto via Getty Images With hype over the “buy now, pay later” trend fading, some investors are betting they’ve found the next big thing. Buy now, pay later companies like Klarna and Affirm, which let shoppers defer payments to a later date or break up purchases into interest-free installments, are under immense…

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Amazon will have two Prime shopping events this year, second one coming in Q4

A contractor working for Amazon.com cleans a delivery truck in Richmond, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon plans to hold a second shopping event for Prime members this year, in the fourth quarter, according to a notice viewed by CNBC. It will be the first time Amazon will hold two shopping events exclusively for Prime members in the same year, and comes as the company is gearing up for for Prime Day, its big annual sale designed to attract new…

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CEO of $4.8 billion fintech Wise faces investigation over tax breach

Kristo Kaarmann, CEO and co-founder of Wise. Eoin Noonan | Sportsfile | Getty Images The CEO of £3.9 billion ($4.8 billion) fintech firm Wise is being investigated by U.K. regulators after tax authorities found he failed to pay a tax bill worth over £720,000. Kristo Kaarmann, who co-founded Wise in 2011, was recently fined £365,651 by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs — the U.K. government department responsible for collecting taxes — for defaulting on the tax bill in 2018. At the time, a company spokesperson said Kaarmann had submitted his…

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Recruiters say the tech job market is still red-hot, despite isolated layoffs and cautious words from execs

A ‘We’re Hiring!’ sign is displayed at a Starbucks Mario Tama | Getty Images News | Getty Images Last week, senior product manager for Coinbase David Hong wrote on LinkedIn that he was up at 4am to prepare for a meeting when his company MacBook abruptly shut down. He later found out he was part of the nearly 20% of the company was being laid off from what the company’s CEO called a looming recession. “When I joined Coinbase, I accepted that working in this industry would be risky,” Hong…

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Google memo on end of Roe v. Wade says employees may apply to relocate ‘without justification’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a panel at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on June 09, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images Google sent a companywide email Friday about the historic Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, explaining employees in affected states can apply for relocation without explaining why. “This is a profound change for the country that deeply effects so many of us, especially women,” wrote Google Chief People officer Fiona Cicconi in an email…

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$100 million worth of crypto has been stolen in another major hack

So-called blockchain bridges have become a prime target for hackers seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in the world of decentralized finance. Jakub Porzycki | NurPhoto | Getty Images Hackers have stolen $100 million in cryptocurrency from Horizon, a so-called blockchain bridge, in the latest major heist in the world of decentralized finance. Details of the attack are still slim, but Harmony, the developers behind Horizon, said they identified the theft Wednesday morning. Harmony singled out an individual account it believes to be the culprit. “We have begun working with national authorities…

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TikTok-owner ByteDance’s aggressive mobile gaming push is paying off as player spending grows

ByteDance has been investing in its mobile gaming business through key acquisitions and is finding success outside of China. Omar Marques | Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Chinese internet giant ByteDance’s nascent foray into gaming is showing signs of promise with spending across its mobile titles growing over the past year as it looks to challenge rivals Tencent and NetEase. The TikTok owner generated $1 billion of player spending across its mobile games between June 21, 2021 and June 20, 2022, a 16% increase from the same period…

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Chinese influencers must now have a qualification to talk about certain topics like law and medicine

Chinese regulators have been looking to clean up the country’s popular livestreaming industry. This includes rules around what online influencers can and can’t say and the topics that are off limits. Costfoto | Future Publishing | Getty Images Online influencers in China must now have a qualification to talk about certain topics such as law and medicine, regulators said Tuesday. For content that requires a “higher professional level,” livestreamers must hold a corresponding qualification to talk about those subjects, China’s State Administration of Radio and Television and the Ministry of…

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