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Daily Crunch: Apple cuts HomePod prices

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1. Apple’s HomePod gets a $50 price cut
Announced in mid-2017 and released in early 2018, the Siri-powered product brought a very Apple approach to the category dominated by Amazon and Google, with premium sound and design at a premium price of $349.
The $50 price drop puts the product under $300 — though it’s still pretty steep, so far as the category goes. Apple has confirmed with TechCrunch that this is a permanent price cut.
2. Researchers find 540M Facebook user records on exposed servers
According to the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more than 540 million records — including comments, likes, reactions, account names and more — stored on the Amazon S3 storage server without a password, allowing anyone to access the data.
3. Yahoo spin-out Altaba is selling its entire Alibaba stake and closing down
Bye-bye, Altaba. The Yahoo spin-out created to house Yahoo’s lucrative stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan announced today that it will sell its shares and shut up shop.
Daily Crunch: Apple cuts HomePod prices
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