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Anki's Vector relies on the cloud for much of its capability. Photo: Anki

The news of Anki's impending demise sent loyal owners begging for some way to make sure that its cloud-dependent robots would outlive the company that created them.

What's new: In a post to its website on Tuesday, Anki offered a vague promise of a reprieve after users pleaded in forums and on Twitter for everyone from Elon Musk to Amazon to adopt the soon-to-be-orphaned product lines.

"In order to provide long term support of our products, Anki has contracted our most senior leaders and hands-on engineers across all the technical areas involved in maintaining the operation and functionality in the existing products and apps.
"[W]e have arranged for any support in the event [intervention] does become necessary. Vector is the only product with a notable cloud component, and the contracted team is heavily staffed in that area."
— Anki statement

Yes, but: The post didn't say how much functionality the devices would retain, or for how long.

  • "We plan to solidify and communicate all the details of this plan soon," it said.
  • And even if the cloud services remain, it could be tough for the devices to survive other changes, such as new operating systems or network protocols.

Go deeper: Robotics startup Anki shutting down despite $200M in funding

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Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

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Poland showdown is EU's Jan. 6 moment, top official says

Didier Reynders. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

Poland and Hungary have forced a moment of reflection on the European Union — similar to the one in the U.S. after the Jan. 6 insurrection, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told Axios.

What he's saying: "During many years, we have had in our minds that it was granted that if you are a member of the EU, of course you apply the rule of law; you have full respect for democracy, fundamental rights and so on — maybe with some concerns but with a real intention to adapt your legislation to be in full compliance [with EU law]," Reynders said.

The E-commerce shopping spree

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Retailers have gotten really good at selling stuff online. So much so, investors want them to separate from the business units that do just that.

Why it matters: Spinning off these crown jewels may jeopardize both the physical and e-commerce sides of the companies in the long run by breaking the benefits of hybrid operations, analysts say.

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