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This Week in Technology News

This week in technology news has brought a variety of interesting developments and events:

  1. Apple Smartwatch Sales Halt: Apple is pausing the sales of its Series 9 and Ultra 2 smartwatches in the United States due to a patent dispute concerning the technology used in their blood oxygen feature​​.

  2. EU's Probe into Musk's X (formerly known as Twitter): The European Union has launched its first illegal content probe targeting Musk's X, highlighting ongoing tensions between large tech companies and regulatory bodies​​.

  3. Tech Industry Legal and Business Moves:

  • Adobe and Figma have shelved a $20 billion deal after encountering regulatory roadblocks​​.

  • Amazon workers in Spain are planning a three-day strike over wage issues​​.

  • Tencent is making strategic moves in its gaming business, shutting down its US video games studio Team Kaiju and turning towards ByteDance in a gaming showdown with NetEase​​.

  • Alteryx is being acquired by private-equity firms in a $4.4 billion deal, and IBM is buying Software AG's enterprise integration platforms for $2.3 billion​​.

  1. Advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering:

  • Researchers from the University of Stirling have trained ChatGPT to produce faster versions of software programs, a significant step in AI and software development​​.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers are developing a recyclable, plant-based material for use in wind turbines​​.

  • A breakthrough in the production of green carbon monoxide using light has been achieved, which could have implications for energy and environmental technology​​.

  1. Layoffs and Public Listings in the Tech Sector:

  • Seattle-based 3D laser engraver maker Glowforge has laid off 30 employees​​.

  • The real estate startup Flyhomes is facing another round of layoffs due to worsening industry conditions​​.

  • Banzai, a marketing tech company, went public on Nasdaq following a SPAC deal​​.

  1. Green Technology and Energy Efficiency:

  • There are significant developments in creating more efficient bike helmets and shoe soles using metamaterials​​.

  • Advances in green hydrogen production and silicon heterojunction solar cells with high efficiencies are being made, paving the way for more sustainable energy sources​​.

  1. Cybersecurity Developments:

  • VF Corp, the owner of Vans, experienced a cyber incident affecting its order fulfillment operations​​.

  • There's an ongoing emphasis on bolstering cybersecurity measures across various sectors​​.

These highlights indicate a dynamic and rapidly evolving technology landscape, with significant legal, business, and innovation developments. The focus on AI, sustainable technology, and the complex interplay of regulatory challenges reflects the multifaceted nature of the tech industry today.

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