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Thursday’s top tech news: an Apple ecosystem for all

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Apple works hard to give its products a premium aura, but at a certain point growing its business means making them available for more people. So it perhaps shouldn’t be surprising to see a report claiming that Apple is preparing to produce a more affordable $99 pair of AirPods for release as early as next year. That’s still not cheap per se, but coming in below the $100 emotional barrier could entice more people to buy Apple’s popular true wireless earbuds.

It’s a similar story over on the services side, where Apple is rolling out its Music and TV apps on Windows, ensuring users can still make the most of their subscriptions regardless of platform.

In space news, NASA and Russian space agency Roscosmos say they plan to send a new spacecraft to the International Space Station after a craft currently docked at the station started leaking coolant. It’s not a “rescue” mission as such. Instead the agencies are characterizing it as a replacement vehicle.

For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

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    TikTok’s testing a new portal that lets talent managers set up deals for its stars.

    Reps can review offers, negotiate deals with brands, and view campaign feedback and metrics in the portal on behalf of TikTok celebrities.

    The company told TechCrunch that several agencies have signed up to use the new portal.

  • Jan 12, 2023, 4:36 PM UTCJay Peters

    Beginning Thursday, the cost of an ad-free HBO Max subscription is going up from $14.99 to $15.99 per month. The increase comes after HBO pulled hundreds of episodes of classic cartoons and shows like Westworld from the service.

  • Jan 12, 2023, 3:11 PM UTCRichard Lawler

    A Substack newsletter from the former exec accused of orchestrating a massive fraud makes extraordinary claims about what went on within FTX and Alameda Research.

  • Jan 11, 2023, 11:19 PM UTCGeorgina Torbet

    Leaks in the spacecraft were discovered late last year. NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos are sending the replacement craft sometime next month, though it’s not considered a rescue mission. A SpaceX spacecraft is standing by as a backup.

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