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October 6, 2022, 11:05 AM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
A live blog of the “Made by Google” event, where Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and more are expected  —  Come check out Google's latest phone — and its first smartwatch … We already know an awful lot about what Google is set to announce today at its now-annual fall launch event.
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google announces the Pixel 7 Pro with a 6.7-inch 120Hz LTPO display, updated “camera bar”, Tensor G2, up to 256GB, Android 13, and face unlock, starting at $899  —  At the latest Made by Google launch event, Google has fully detailed the Pixel 7 Pro following a number of early looks, leaks, and teases.
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Financial Times:
Sources: Twitter agreed to delay a deposition of Elon Musk by its lead litigation attorney on October 6 in Austin, as both sides hash out the $44B deal  —  Tesla chief and social media group are negotiating end to legal fight to finalise $44bn buyout  —  Twitter has agreed to delay …
New York Times:
Sources: in the weeks before Elon Musk's revived $44B bid, his representatives asked Twitter about doing the deal at an up to 30% discount, or a ~$31B valuation  —  Before Mr. Musk renewed his $44 billion proposal, he and the company haggled in discussions that ultimately did not advance.
Jeremy C. Owens / MarketWatch:
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Fake LinkedIn executive profiles, which pair AI-generated photos with text from real accounts, are becoming headaches for HR departments and invite-only groups  —  A recent proliferation of phony executive profiles on LinkedIn is creating something of an identity crisis for the business networking site …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
iPhone 14 Plus review: multiday battery, bright screen, and lightweight, but hard to use one-handed, no ProMotion, and adopting eSIM will be painful for some  —  Excellent battery life and a large display make the 14 Plus upgrade-worthy … This is the new iPhone that most people want.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
A US federal court jury finds ex-Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan guilty for not disclosing a 2016 breach of customer and driver records to regulators  —  A jury found Joe Sullivan, who led security at the ride-hailing company, guilty on two different counts.
David Pierce / The Verge:
An interview with Google's SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh on the new Pixel Watch, integration with Fitbit, ambient computing, and more  —  Google has been right about wearables for nearly a decade.  Now, the company swears it's serious about them, too.  —  Why did Google take so long to build a smartwatch?
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Financial Times:
An investigation shows Amazon, Microsoft, and others destroy millions of data storage devices each year, creating huge waste when software wiping methods exist  —  Companies like Amazon and Microsoft routinely destroy used hard drives in the name of data security — but industry insiders say there is a better option
CoinDesk:
Court filing: Celsius ex-CEO Alex Mashinsky, ex-CSO Daniel Leon, and CTO Nuke Goldstein withdrew $30M+ between May and June 2022 before the lender's bankruptcy  —  Ex-CEO Alex Mashinsky, ex-CSO Daniel Leon and CTO Nuke Goldstein pulled bitcoin, ether, USDC and CEL holdings from their custody accounts in May …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google unveils two text-to-video AI generators: Imagen Video, a higher image quality system, and Phenaki, which prioritizes coherency and length over quality  —  Not to be outdone by Meta's Make-A-Video, Google today detailed its work on Imagen Video, an AI system that can generate video clips given …
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
After investors bet an estimated ~$100B on self-driving vehicle startups, little progress has been made as companies take shortcuts and losses continue to mount  —  The first car woke Jennifer King at 2 a.m. with a loud, high‑pitched hum.  “It sounded like a hovercraft,” she says, and that wasn't the weird part.
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:
Global VC funding in Q3 2022 was $81B, down 53% YoY from $171B and 33% QoQ from $121B, the lowest level since $70.6B in Q1 2020  —  The big global venture capital pullback we were all expecting is truly here.  —  Venture and growth investors in private companies scaled …

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