Completely satisfied Monday, we hope you had an incredible weekend. Right here’s what occurred in tech land whereas we had been out.
1. RIP Web Explorer
Microsoft has formally killed Web Explorer. After ceasing assist for Web Explorer in June final 12 months, asking customers to swap out the annoying browser for a nonetheless annoying Edge, Microsoft has now laid IE to relaxation for good. A Home windows replace will now disable the browser.
2. Fundamental options now paywalled
As a substitute of merely including new options and giving them to customers keen to spend a month-to-month payment, Elon Musk is placing current ones behind a paywall. Twitter is making customers pay for….safety. Per the retweeted tweet beneath, Twitter introduced SMS-based two-factor authentication will solely be obtainable to paying Twitter Blue subscribers. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a vital technique of securing accounts, making it considerably more durable for hackers to achieve unauthorised entry. However you do you, Elon.
Use of free authentication apps for 2FA will stay free and are far more safe than SMS https://t.co/pFMdxWPlai
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2023
Staying on wealthy tech bros and now Mark Zuckerberg needs to generate income off your doomscrolling dependancy. The Meta CEO introduced his firm shall be rolling out Meta Verified, a subscription service that can price a minimal of $US11.99 ($19.99) per 30 days. This absolute joke will begin rolling out in Australia and New Zealand this week.
4. GoDaddy in all kinds
GoDaddy revealed in a press release final week it had found that hackers inside its techniques had put in malware on its community and stolen elements of its code. The corporate says it turned conscious of the intrusion in December 2022, however per a report from Wired, GoDaddy believes the hackers are the identical group that it discovered inside the corporate’s networks in March 2020, and which had stolen the login credentials of 28,000 prospects and a few of GoDaddy’s workers. These hackers in November 2021 then used a stolen password to compromise 1.2 million prospects’ WordPress cases, having access to e-mail addresses, usernames, passwords, and, in some instances, their web sites’ SSL non-public keys. Yikes.
5. Grim AI phrases from Large Blue
As soon as, IBM was the world chief in AI, trotting out robots to face off towards chess grandmasters and Jeopardy! champions in televised media stunts. Now AI is again within the limelight, however IBM is nowhere close to the entrance of the pack. The corporate’s chief government Arvind Krishna sat down with the Monetary Instances for an interview about his effort to revamp IBM’s AI enterprise. What he ended up giving had been grim predictions about the way forward for work. Learn all about it right here.
BONUS ITEM: Oh pricey… Secondhand anxiousness is excessive with this one.
Breaking Information: A girl by chance knocked over a balloon canine sculpture by Jeff Koons at an artwork truthful in Miami, inflicting the $42,000 paintings to shatter, witnesses stated. https://t.co/NVXY8D7srU
— The New York Instances (@nytimes) February 18, 2023
See you tomorrow.