September 29, 2022, 11:30 PM

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The Verge:
Google plans to shut down Stadia on January 18, 2023, and will refund hardware, software, and DLC purchases; members of the Stadia team will be reassigned  —  Google is shutting down Stadia, its cloud gaming service.  The service will remain live for players until January 18th, 2023.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Source: Mark Zuckerberg told staff in a weekly Q&A that Meta will freeze hiring, restructure some teams, and cut budgets across most teams, citing the economy  —  Meta Platforms Inc., the owner of Facebook and Instagram, said it will freeze hiring and restructure some teams in an effort to cut costs and shift priorities.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple VP of Procurement Tony Blevins is leaving, sources say after joking in a viral, September 5 TikTok video that he fondles “big-breasted women” for a living  —  One of Apple Inc.'s most senior executives is leaving after he turned up in a viral video on TikTok making …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Court filing: in March, Jack Dorsey told Elon Musk he tried to add Musk to Twitter's board, but felt the rest of the board was too “risk averse”  —  - Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wanted Elon Musk on the board of the social media company, but felt the rest of its members were too …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Meta details its text-to-video AI generator, Make-A-Video, which can produce up to five-second videos without audio; Meta is not giving access to the AI model  —  AI text-to-image generators have been making headlines in recent months, but researchers are already moving on to the next frontier: AI text-to-video generators.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Intel to launch Arc A770 Limited Edition with 16GB of GDDR6 for $349 and A750 Limited Edition for $289 on October 12, alongside A770 with 8GB of GDDR6 for $329  —  A770 comes in two tiers; Intel claims “perf-per-dollar” wins over Nvidia RTX 3060.  —  Intel's highest-end graphics card lineup …
An investigation shows the CIA failed to secure its messaging system used by Iranian spies, often hidden within websites, leading to capture, torture, and death  —  The spy was minutes from leaving Iran when he was nabbed.  —  Gholamreza Hosseini was at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran in late 2010, preparing for a flight to Bangkok.
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
How angel investing became a pastime and a way of socializing in Silicon Valley, with investors betting small amounts in friends' startups  —  Maia Bittner is an angel investor, and she has a lot of friends who've founded startups.  Sometimes they ask her if she wants to put money into their companies.
Rashi Shrivastava / Forbes:
An investigation shows how self-publishing platform Wattpad's lack of moderation, age verification, and safety features helps sexual predators exploit teens  —  For many teenagers, the reading and writing platform is a creative and educational outlet.  But a Forbes investigation found …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Brave plans to hide and, where possible, completely block cookie consent notifications, a “more privacy-preserving” approach than other browsers' systems  —  The Brave browser will soon allows users to block annoying and potentially privacy-harming cookie consent banners on all websites they visit.
More: Neowin
Governor Newsom signs a law forbidding California-based businesses from giving users' personal info in response to out-of-state abortion-related search warrants  —  Washington CNN Business —  California is attempting to stymie abortion prosecutions in other states by making it illegal …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Meta confirms taking “enforcement actions” against The OG App, which offers ad-free Instagram feeds, as developer UN1feed says Apple removed the App Store app  —  A third-party Instagram app, called “The OG App,” which promised an ad-free feed more like the original Instagram experience …
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
Meta opens NFT sharing to Facebook users in the US and to all Instagram users in 100 countries, including the US, where digital collectibles are available  —  Users in the U.S. can now connect their crypto wallets to Instagram as part of the app's new digital collectible feature, which the tech giant has been testing since May.

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