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October 11, 2022, 4:25 PM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Meta unveils the $1,499 Quest Pro headset, offering eye and face tracking and color passthrough video for mixed reality, shipping on October 25 in 22 countries  —  Meta has finally announced the Meta Quest Pro: a $1,499 virtual reality headset it's been teasing for the past year.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Meta partners with Microsoft to bring Teams, Office, Windows 365, and Xbox Cloud Gaming to Quest VR headsets in the coming months; Teams will use Meta's avatars  —  Microsoft and Meta looked like they were on a collision course last year, poised to compete heavily for the future of work in the metaverse.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Hands-on with Meta Quest Pro: feels like a sophisticated development kit with a thoughtful design, improved controllers, one to two hours of battery, and more  —  Meta's new high-end headset introduces eye tracking and mixed reality for $1,499 … The first thing I notice with the Meta Quest Pro is the fit.
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Google partners with Coinbase to let some customers pay for cloud services using crypto, starting in 2023; Coinbase will move some apps from AWS to Google Cloud  —  - Google will start allowing a subset of customers to pay for cloud services with digital currencies early next year.
Washington Post:
Under Texas' social media law, Kanye West's antisemitic posts on Twitter and Instagram would likely stay up, signaling a difficult future for social media  —  Taking down the rapper's bigoted posts was an easy call for Twitter and Instagram.  That could change if Elon Musk and some GOP leaders have their way.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google announces Chromebooks for cloud gaming: the $650 16-inch Acer 516 GE, the $600 16-inch Lenovo IdeaPad, and the $400 15.6-inch ASUS Vibe CX55 Flip  —  ASUS, Acer and Lenovo built Chromebooks optimized to run services like GeForce Now.  — Three new laptops from ASUS, Acer and Lenovo
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta announces Horizon World avatars are getting legs, using an AI model to predict the body's position, an avatar store, avatars are coming to Reels, and more  —  Meta's Horizon avatars will be getting legs.  So far, the company's avatars have weirdly just hovered off the ground …
Justin Baer / Wall Street Journal:
New York grants BNY Mellon, the US' oldest bank, permission to receive some customers' BTC and ETH; BNY will store keys, offer bookkeeping services, and more  —  Founded by Alexander Hamilton, BNY Mellon is the first large U.S. bank to safeguard digital assets alongside traditional investments
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
The Department of Labor proposes a rule that would make it harder for companies to classify US workers as independent contractors; Uber and Lyft drop 5%+  —  A proposed rule, long awaited by labor activists, would make it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors.
Matt Robinson / Bloomberg:
Source: the US SEC is investigating whether Yuga Labs, the creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, violated securities laws by selling its NFTs and ApeCoins  —  The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Yuga Labs Inc., the creator of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club collection of NFTs …
Andy Stone / @andymstone:
Meta says documentation in The Wire's article alleging Instagram removed posts flagged by a BJP member in India without oversight “appears to be fabricated”  —  @JeffHorwitz Where to even begin with this story?! X-check has nothing to do with the ability to report posts. The posts in question were surfaced for review by automated systems, not humans. And the underlying documentation appears to be fabricated.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
CNN closes its “Vault by CNN” NFT project, opened in 2021 to let anyone “own a piece of history”, and plans to compensate users with FLOW tokens or stablecoins  —  You may have already forgotten about it, but Vault by CNN launched in the summer of 2021 as a marketplace …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia RTX 4090 review: great 4K performance, DLSS 3 transforms frame rates, and 24GB of VRAM, but a 450W power draw, a dongle adapter, huge, and expensive  —  The RTX 40-series starts with a big performance leap  —  I had to triple check my benchmarks over and over during this review, because I couldn't quite believe my eyes.
Jane Lanhee Lee / Reuters:
Intel and Google announce a co-designed E2000 chip for data centers, aiming to improve security and efficiency; Intel can sell the E2000 to other customers  —  Intel Corp (INTC.O) and Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google Cloud on Tuesday said they have launched a co-designed chip that can make data centers more secure and efficient.
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Police in Edmonton, Canada released a photo generated by Parabon NanoLabs using only a suspect's DNA on its website and social media as “a last resort”  —  “Releasing one of these Parabon images to the public like the Edmonton Police did recently, is dangerous and irresponsible …

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