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October 11, 2022, 1:50 PM

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Livestream of Meta Connect 2022's keynote  —  In the keynote, learn from Mark Zuckerberg, expert developers and creators and discover how a social metaverse is additive to physical experiences helping us all connect in deeper, more meaningful ways.  The future will be built by you.
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.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Meta announces the $1,499 Quest Pro VR headset, including eye-tracking and full-color passthrough video, shipping 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.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
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
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
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 …
Joseph Pisani / Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire tech investor Yuri Milner renounced his Russian citizenship in August 2022, after leaving Russia in 2014; Milner became an Israeli citizen in 1999  —  His firm, DST Global, has invested in technology companies including Facebook, Twitter and Airbnb
The Economic Times:
Sources: Apple plans to add 5G support to iPhone 12, 13, and 14 models in India by December 2022 via an iOS update and meet Airtel executives this week  —  Senior executives from Apple and Bharti Airtel will meet this week to discuss rollout timeline for software updates to 5G-capable iPhones …
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Meta partners with Microsoft to bring Teams, Office, Windows 365, and Xbox Cloud Gaming to Quest VR headsets  —  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.  But today, both companies announced …
Kollen Post / The Block:
Crypto exchange Bittrex agrees to a $29.3M settlement with the US Treasury Department over potential liability for sanctions violations between 2014 and 2017  —  - Bittrex is facing record fines from the U.S. Treasury Department over the exchange's lack of sanctions controls between 2014 and 2017.
Financial Times:
Amazon's second Prime Day event is an attempt to capture holiday spending before Black Friday after two down quarters; analysts estimate $4.1B in extra Q4 sales  —  Amazon is holding its second Prime Day shopping event in a year for the first time this week in a bid to boost its flagship ecommerce product and reverse declining sales.

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