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Photo Illustration: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The organizers of CES said Friday that next week's giant consumer electronics show in Las Vegas will go forward in person, but will end one day early.

Why it matters: The event is a major revenue source for the Consumer Technology Association, but many large tech companies and media outlets are choosing not to attend in person amid the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The latest: CTA said in a statement that it was shortening the show to run Jan. 5-7 "as an additional safety measure." The organization did not immediately respond to a question from Axios as to how ending a day early would increase safety.

  • Since last week, many key companies including Amazon, Meta, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, AT&T have announced they were scrapping in-person attendance.
  • T-Mobile, a major sponsor, said it would not appear in person and that CEO Mike Sievert would not deliver a keynote as scheduled.
  • Most large tech media organizations are also covering the event remotely, including CNET, Engadget, The Verge, TechCrunch, IGN and TechRadar.

Yes, but: CTA noted on Friday that more than 2,200 companies will be there in person, including 143 added in just the last two weeks.

  • Attendees will required to be vaccinated and to do a self-test before entering the event.

Go deeper: CES organizers press on despite Omicron threat

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Jan 12, 2022 - Health

Poll: Americans value "health and safety" over in-person learning

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Data: Harris Poll; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

More than half of Americans say that it's more important to protect the health and safety of teachers and students by moving to remote learning to avoid COVID exposure than to keep schools open for in-person learning, according to a new Harris Poll provided exclusively to Axios.

Driving the news: How to handle in-person learning amid yet another surge of cases is again the subject of intense debate following the Chicago Teacher's Union refusal to return to in-person classes as Omicron cases surged.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action at Harvard, UNC

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging the consideration of race in the college admissions processes.

Why it matters: The conservative high court's ruling could determine the future of affirmative action in higher education.

Europe's energy reliance on Russia is a crucial shield for Putin

Photo: Pavel Bednyakov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Cracks in the NATO alliance regarding sanctions for Russia should President Vladimir Putin order troops into Ukraine are in large part based on energy supply concerns.

Why it matters: Russia holds tremendous leverage over some European countries because it provides roughly 40% of Europe's natural gas supply. In Germany, this figure is greater than 50%.