FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried can be stuck with a feature phone. In a letter from Bloomberg, prosecutors said Bankman-Fried’s attorneys had agreed to amend the terms of his bail agreement. Provided the judge overseeing the case approves the changes, SBF will be limited to using a “non-smartphone” without an internet connection. Unless an attorney is present, he is also prohibited from contacting current or former employees of FTX and Alameda Research. The proposed restrictions came after Bankman-Fried allegedly attempted to contact the general counsel of FTX’s US subsidiary earlier this year about Signal. District Judge Lewis Kaplan threatened to vacate Bankman-Fried’s bail and send him to jail before his trial begins after learning that the disgraced businessman may have influenced potential witnesses.
Under the modified bail agreement, SBF would be allowed to use a laptop to surf the web, but its access would be filtered through a VPN that would restrict it to two categories of websites. One category would include resources that his defense team says are critical to his case. The other has 23 websites that SBF could use to order food, read the news, and watch streaming content.
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It has also paused the construction of its second headquarters.
According to multiple reports, on April 1, Amazon is closing two cashless Go stores in New York City, two in Seattle, and four in San Francisco. Bloomberg noted that these are part of Amazon’s recent cost-cutting measures amid slowing sales growth. In January, the company expanded its planned job cuts from 10,000 to 18,000 jobs. Company spokeswoman Jessica Martin said, “We remain committed to the Amazon Go format, operate more than 20 Amazon Go stores across the United States, and will continue to learn which locations and features are resonating best with customers.”
It’s the second major price cut for these models this year.
Tesla has lowered the prices of its high-end Model S and Model X electric cars by $5,000 and $5,000 respectively. It is the second time this year the company has cut prices, bringing the Model X down from $120,990 at the start of the year year has fallen by 21,000 US dollars to currently only 99,990 US dollars. The Model S, meanwhile, has fallen from $104,990 to $89,990 since Jan. 1 — a significant drop of $15,000. However, neither car qualifies for federal tax breaks that are set to expire later this month, as those only apply to SUVs priced under $80,000.
If you don’t already own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, get a 35% discount.
Super Mario Celebration/Sale Opportunity, March 10th (Mar10) may not be a few days away, but that’s not stopping retailers like Amazon from offering early Mario Day deals. Ahead of Friday, the company discounted a handful of Nintendo Switch titles that feature the mustachioed plumber. For example, Super Mario Odyssey is 33 percent cheaper, which is currently $40. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is currently $39 compared to $60.
A new generation of gaming handhelds.
With the advent of cloud gaming, there’s a newer breed of mobile device like the Razer Edge that’s trying to make things even more travel-friendly. Rather than relying solely on local performance, the Edge runs Android for lightweight apps, while services like GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming provide the processing power for more demanding titles. But is the Razer Edge something you really need?
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