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September 12, 2022, 3:05 PM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
A Facebook user shares a video of a “Meta Quest Pro” VR headset, claiming Meta left the device, labeled “Not for resale - engineering sample”, in a hotel room  —  A prototype of Meta's VR headset has surfaced  —  Images and, later, a video of a “Meta Quest Pro” …
David Pierce / The Verge:
iOS 16 review: lock screen widgets, while not interactive, are an instant upgrade and the myriad other changes make the iPhone more functional and easier to use  —  The story of iOS 16 is all the things that your phone does when you're not using it.  Apple has been saying for years that we need …
Wall Street Journal:
Internal data: Instagram users cumulatively spend 17.6M hours/day on Reels vs. TikTok's 197.8M hours/day; only 20% of Instagram's ~11M US creators post on Reels  —  Reels faces formidable competition from the leading short-video platform; creators follow the views
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Starbucks announces Starbucks Odyssey, combining the Starbucks Rewards loyalty program with an NFT community built on the Polygon blockchain, launching in 2023  —  Starbucks is today officially introducing Starbucks Odyssey, launching later this year — the coffee chain's first foray into building with web3 technology.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
In an interview, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan details the company's decision to rebrand Zoom Chat as Zoom Team Chat, seeking to better compete with Slack, Teams, and Meet  —  It's nice to be synonymous with a product category.  But Zoom CEO Eric Yuan says that expanding on its video-calling ubiquity is both an opportunity and a challenge.
Andy Robinson / Video Games Chronicle:
Nintendo says Splatoon 3 for Switch sold a record 3.45M copies in Japan in its first three days, nearly 600K above Animal Crossing: New Horizons' first week  —  Splatoon 3 has smashed Nintendo Switch software launch records in Japan, the company has announced.
Amitoj Singh / CoinDesk:
Binance-linked crypto exchange WazirX says India's Enforcement Directorate has “unfrozen” or restarted its bank account after raiding its properties on August 5  —  The account was frozen in relation to the “illegal loan apps” scam investigation, which has come under the national spotlight.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
A look at Aalyria, founded by Google veterans to develop a high-speed network connecting satellites, planes, and more using laser tech from the Loon moonshot  —  In an earlier period of its history, Google became famous for pursuing a range of long-shot projects, such as space elevators, as well as kites that doubled as wind turbines.
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Twitter rejects Elon Musk's claim that a $7.75M severance payment to Peiter Zatko violated the acquisition deal terms, ahead of a September 13 shareholder vote  —  - Twitter said Monday payments to a whistleblower did not breach any of its obligations under the $44 billion acquisition proposed by Elon Musk …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku refreshes its $30 Roku Express streaming player, launches a $130 Roku Wireless Bass subwoofer, and details Roku OS 11.5, including a short-form content hub  —  Roku unveiled a software update to its streaming operating system — OS 11.5 — that among other features will introduce …

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