Happy Friday, friends. There’s drama in Wordle world, and Tesla’s Cyberquad for kids is starting to arrive.

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1. Wordle is taking over the internet — and spurring knockoffs. Wordle, a daily word game that’s quickly growing in popularity, is garnering so much attention that Apple said it had to remove several knockoffs from its App Store. 

Attempting to capitalize on the game’s success, app developers have been copying Wordle and putting their versions in the App Store. 
A direct iOS clone of Wordle was removed after receiving backlash from fans online, Variety reported. The developer created “Wordle — The App,” a version that offered unlimited play for a $30 yearly subscription. He has since apologized. 

Heard of Wordle, but not sure what it is? We’ve got you covered. Wordle is a puzzle that only exists on the game’s website, so you don’t need an app — or even a cell phone — to play. You can play the game here. 

It’s a puzzle with a relatively simple (but tricky) premise: try to guess the five-letter word. After each guess, the game tells you if any of the letters are correct, and if they’re in the right order. You have six chances to get it right — but you can only play once a day.
It was created by Josh Wardle (get it?), a software engineer from Brooklyn, who made it for his word-game-loving partner. 

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We’ve got a rundown of the latest Wordle news.

In other news:

2. The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed the nation’s tech giants. The committee, in an attempt to understand the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and domestic extremism, has subpoenaed Twitter, YouTube, Meta, and Reddit. Here’s what you need to know.

3. Hackers are breaking into Amazon cloud accounts to mine crypto — and leaving the owners with huge bills. Crypto miners can run up huge charges for the raw computing power needed to produce even small amounts of digital currencies like Bitcoin. One hacking victim describes finding a $53,000 bill on his account.

4. Meta dropped 36 places on Glassdoor’s annual Best Places to Work list. Facebook’s parent company — which has snagged the top spot three times — fell from 11th to 47th place after a string of PR crises. If you’re on the hunt for a new job this year, these 10 companies have the happiest employees.

5. Alphabet has distanced its “other bets,” like self-driving cars and healthcare, from Google. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has given its other businesses like Waymo and Verily more freedom to set their own rules around job structures. The move gives the businesses more autonomy as they evolve, and could …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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