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Good morning and Happy Groundhog Day. While Punxsutawney Phil is a vibes-only critter—you don’t have to be.

The Brew’s Data Storytelling course teaches you how to make dashboards that transform all the data you’ve collected into something your team can actually use to make decisions. It starts Feb. 13 and lasts just one week (plus, it’s virtual).

Don’t be like Phil. Use data to help you reach conclusions. Learn more about the course here.

Neal Freyman, Max Knoblauch, Jamie Wilde, Abby Rubenstein














*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 4:00am ET. Here's what these numbers mean.

  • Markets: Stocks started yesterday off sluggish but jumped up later when investors decided to brush off the Fed’s decision to hike rates again (more on that in a sec). They had no love for Tinder owner Match Group, though. The company’s stock fell after it announced disappointing financial results and layoffs.


Powell warns against premature celebrations

A shoulders-up photo of Fed Chair Jerome Powell looking off into the distance Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Yesterday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell did his best impression of a football coach whose team holds a third-quarter lead: Our game plan to tame inflation is working so far, he suggested, but don’t douse me in Gatorade just yet.

Following the Fed’s first meeting of the year, the central bank hiked interest rates by the expected 25 basis points. It’s the smallest rate hike since last March, and a sign that the Fed’s bitter struggle to rein in prices is having an impact.

  • Annual inflation fell to 6.5% in December from a peak of 9.1% in June.
  • There’s even a good chance your Super Bowl party will cost less than last year’s. Prices for chicken wings, avocados, and steak have all fallen since last January (along with those of many other goods).

In a closely watched press conference, Powell emphasized “it is a good thing” that prices are coming down in many sectors.

But he isn’t ready to hang up the “Mission Accomplished” banner

Powell made it clear that Americans should expect “a couple more rate hikes” going forward. The concern? Inflation is a nasty beast—there’s no guarantee it’s going to keep on falling like it has been.

And some economists have pointed to signs that activity is picking back up again right when we need it to continue slowing down: Housing demand is coming off of its lows, gas prices have climbed since December, and the labor market is still running too hot for the Fed’s liking.

Making things even dicier for Powell is the recent stock market rally. So far in 2023, investors have been gobbling up stocks as if the inflation problem has already been solved. But, in an ironic twist, their optimism that inflation is toast…could actually push inflation higher by boosting asset prices.

If there’s one lesson to be learned from all of this, it’s never go into macroeconomics if you value getting things right the first time.—NF



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Tour de headlines

Meta headquarters sign with logo and "1 Hacker Way" address. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Meta stock soars on 2023 status update. Facebook’s parent company reported declining sales for the third straight quarter and said its Reality Labs unit lost $13.7 billion in 2022, but its stock still popped ~20% in extended trading. Why? Revenue beat expectations, the company announced a $40 billion share buyback, and Zuck painted a rosy picture for the rest of 2023 (dubbing it “The Year of Efficiency”). Outside of its earnings, Meta reportedly notched a win against the FTC when a judge refused to block its acquisition of VR startup Within Unlimited.

Hundreds gathered to mourn Tyre Nichols. The family of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, held a funeral yesterday where he was remembered as a loving father who enjoyed skateboarding and photography. Several speakers also called for legal reforms to address police violence, including Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy, and Vice President Kamala Harris. “This violent act was not in pursuit of public safety,” the vice president said. 

Biden and McCarthy agree to keep talking. President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy don’t agree on much—especially when it comes to raising the debt ceiling. But the two did at least agree to continue discussions after their initial meeting yesterday failed to produce a breakthrough in a surprise to *checks notes* no one. McCarthy said after the meeting that he believed they would ultimately “find common ground.” Let’s hope so, since the alternative is the US being unable to pay its bills come June.


Tom Brady retired again, starts new job soon

Tom Brady @TomBrady via Twitter

Tom Brady celebrated the one-year anniversary of his retirement announcement with...another retirement announcement. The seven-time Super Bowl winner and (until yesterday) the NFL’s oldest active player revealed the decision on social media, capping a legendary 23-year career.

Brady’s days tossin’ the ol’ pigskin around might be over, but the 45-year-old is retiring at the top of several major all-time record lists. He’s No. 1 in passing completions (7,753), touchdowns (649), and yards (89,214).

And, despite taking a reportedly ungodly loss from his financial stake in FTX, Brady has set up a comfortable nest egg in case you were worried. Last year, #12 signed a 10-year, $375 million deal with Fox to become the network’s primary analyst beginning whenever he decided to retire.

  • That’s more than Brady made playing in the NFL and the biggest contract in sports television, by the way.

Zoom out: In recent years, networks have written massive checks to lock in star broadcast talent—inking deals worth more than $1 billion for pro talkers like Brady, Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, and Tony Romo.—MK



Netflix wants users to pay for their own accounts (the audacity!)

A Netflix logo in chains Francis Scialabba

Netflix doesn’t care if you’re “just a baby;” it’s kicking you off your parents’ account if you don’t actually live with them. Netflix support pages, spotted yesterday by news outlet The Streamable before they got taken down, laid out a plan to cut back on password sharing by chaining accounts to a single location.

The streaming giant hasn’t confirmed the new terms, but it has made it clear it wants to end password sharing. The briefly public plan would require users to pick a “primary location” through their TV (or pick for them if they don’t). If a device connected to the account doesn’t access Netflix using the location’s wi-fi at least once every 31 days, the account owner will have to pay an “extra member” fee or the user will be barred from binging Wednesday on that device.

This ruthless update wouldn’t be the first time Netflix has cracked down on password sharing after it lost subscribers for two consecutive quarters last year for the first time ever. Netflix has already…

  • Rolled out new features that allow users to kick profiles off their own accounts and let booted users transfer their watch history to a new account.
  • Started charging fees for extra users in select countries in Latin America, where password sharing runs particularly rampant.

The strategy’s working: Starting to root out password sharing—along with the launch of a cheaper, ad-supported tier in some countries—has already helped Netflix recoup subscribers. It added 7.7 million subs in the last quarter of 2022, 3 million more than it expected to.—JW




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Key performance indicators

Bill Murray in Groundhog Day Groundhog Day/Columbia Pictures via Giphy

Stat: It’s Groundhog Day, the only day where—in the words of Phil Connors—people are happy to stand around “freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat.” But Punxsutawney Phil might not deserve our worship: The rodent has only correctly predicted the weather about 39% of the time since humans began looking for his shadow in 1887, per the Stormfax Almanac. The National Weather Service has said a good accuracy rate would be more like 60%.

Quote: “We were on the brink of extinction, and that’s no longer the case.”

Peloton crashed harder than we do after riding up a hill with Alex once the pandemic stopped trapping everyone at home, but CEO Barry McCarthy hinted that it’s now ready to make an “epic comeback.” Even though Peloton disclosed yesterday that it failed to turn a profit last quarter as equipment sales slumped, revenue from subscriptions grew—and that’s the area McCarthy plans to focus on.

Read: What the streaming boom has done to documentaries. (Vulture)


What else is brewing

  • The FBI searched President Biden’s Delaware beach house yesterday and found no classified documents there.
  • Intel higher-ups from CEO Pat Gelsinger down to mid-level managers will take a pay cut in the wake of the company’s historically bad financial performance last quarter. In more bad news for managers, FedEx said it will lay off more than 10% of its management staff as it cuts costs.
  • The College Board made changes to its AP African American Studies curriculum after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would ban the class in the state.
  • A half million workers walked off the job yesterday in the UK seeking higher wages amid a cost of living crisis. Organizers say it’s the country’s biggest strike in over a decade.
  • Beyoncé announced the dates for her Renaissance World Tour. Ticketmaster better not screw this one up.


Excited it’s February? Neither are we.

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The puzzle section

Brew Mini: Today’s funny-looking crossword gave Neal a little trouble. Your time to beat? 2:08. See how well you do here.

Three headlines and a lie

Three of these headlines are real and one is faker than saying “We should totally hang out sometime!” when you run into your old coworker on the sidewalk. Can you spot the odd one out?

  1. Pet fish in Japan racks up credit card bill on Nintendo Switch
  2. New breed of reindeer with actual red nose discovered in Finland
  3. 22-year-old coach fired after impersonating JV basketball player at game
  4. AI has been generating an endless ‘Seinfeld’ episode on Twitch


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We made up the reindeer one.

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