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October 12, 2022, 6:20 AM

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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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
Mango Markets, a DeFi platform on Solana, says a hacker stole some of its funds “via an oracle price manipulation”; blockchain auditor OtterSec estimates $100M+  —  Mango's MNGO token was down over 40% after suffering from the latest massive decentralized finance exploit.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Intel is planning major job cuts, likely in the thousands, close to October 27; some divisions, including sales and marketing, could see ~20% cuts  —  Intel Corp. is planning a major reduction in headcount, likely numbering in the thousands, to cut costs and cope …
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.
John Reed / Financial Times:
BBC:
TikTok plans to take prompt action against “exploitative begging” after an investigation found refugees in Syrian camps pleading for digital gifts on the app  —  BBC Global Disinformation Unit, BBC News Arabic and BBC Eye Investigations  —  Displaced families in Syrian camps …
Meta on YouTube:
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...
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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 …
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 …
Scott Stein / CNET:
A look inside Meta's Reality Labs, featuring demos of a neural input wristband, 3D audio, photorealistic avatars with Codec Avatars 2.0, and 3D object scanning  —  My visit to a future that isn't quite here yet: neural wristbands, ghostly 3D audio and lifelike avatars.  Plus, the new Meta Quest Pro.
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
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Netflix joins the British ratings agency, or BARB, as a full member, publishing independently audited viewing figures on individual shows for the first time  —  Streaming service's decision to sign up to independent ratings agency is world first and will give insight into its cultural power
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Brex, valued at $12.3B in January 2022, lays off 136, or 11% of its staff, as part of a restructuring, and its CFO departs to join HR software startup Rippling  —  The startup's CFO is departing to join Rippling, which recently entered the spend management space

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