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October 11, 2022, 8:10 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.
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.
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.
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A video of Meta's Connect 2022 keynote, showcasing the Quest Pro mixed reality headset, plans for the metaverse, new partnerships, and more  —  See how we're building the future of the metaverse together, and catch the latest updates, announcements and key moments from Connect 2022.Pre-order Meta Que...
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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 …
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.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta announces Horizon Worlds 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 …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Kuo predicts that, in the next three to five years, Apple may be able to supply the US market, or ~25% of global shipments, from assembly sites outside of China  —  Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with some new predictions on how Apple can continue to reduce its reliance on China.
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.
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
The Verge:
Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg on the Quest Pro, mixed reality, the Microsoft partnership, metaverse plans, TikTok, BeReal, the Discovery Engine approach, and more  —  A year after rebranding Facebook to Meta, Mark Zuckerberg is still all in on building the metaverse
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
Mango Markets, a DeFi platform on Solana, says a hacker drained some of its funds via an oracle price manipulation; blockchain auditor OtterSec says for $100M+  —  The apparent exploit stemmed from the ability of an attacker to manipulate the value of their posted collateral.
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Over a dozen job openings hint TikTok plans to open fulfillment centers in the US as the company looks to build an “international e-commerce fulfillment system”  —  TikTok is planning to build its own product fulfillment centers in the U.S., creating an e-commerce supply chain system …
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.
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 …
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.

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