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It's the new diamond heist. A Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, Coincheck, suffered what has been confirmed to be the worst crypto hack to date. It announced its losses at 58 billion yen (~588 million dollars). It's unclear what kind of compensation will be available to users, if any, although company bosses said they are looking into this.
Netflix is still booming. Netflix reported that it had around 2 million more subscribers than it has forecasted for this quarter. Like finding a tenner in your pocket, right? But, with the money it's spending on content, it will still have to raise prices in order to make money. So, is Netflix indispensable enough to inflate its prices and not affect its user base? I think it might be…
The content wars rage. While Netflix users continue to rise, Apple is making good on its threat to move in on content, announcing a series it will make with La-La Land director, Damien Chazelle… although its being annoyingly hush hush about just about every single detail. It's the eighth project Apple have announced, including the remake of Spielberg's Amazing Stories announced last year.
Better late than never? Apple Home Pod was meant to launch this week, but it's been pushed back again to 9th February. It's strangely one of the most underwhelming Apple product launches ever, and it missed the Christmas frenzy (where Echo gained significant ground). Remember iPod launches pre-2011? You literally could not escape them. You had to kind of look for this one…