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October 12, 2022, 11:15 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details the Surface Pro 9, combining the Pro X and Pro, with an SQ3 Arm chip or Intel's 12th Gen CPUs, available October 25, starting at $1,000  —  Microsoft is combining its Surface Pro X and Surface Pro lines into a single product this year, the Surface Pro 9.
Sam Rutherford / Engadget:
Microsoft debuts Surface Laptop 5, available in 13.5-inch and 15-inch with Intel's 12th Gen CPUs, Wi-Fi 6, and Dolby Vision, available October 25 for $1,000+  —  After a year and a half on the market, this fall Microsoft is updating its mainstream notebook line with the new Surface Laptop 5.
Parmy Olson / Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse keynote did nothing to address enormous skepticism and shows why the idea should have been an R&D project, not Meta's future  —  As Mark Zuckerberg spoke to the camera in a pre-recorded presentation on Tuesday to kick off Meta Platforms Inc.'s annual virtual reality conference …
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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 …
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
The UK's CMA details its concerns with Microsoft's Activision acquisition, including withholding games from rivals; Microsoft argues Sony is the dominant player  —  The CMA expects the deal to impact PlayStation and game streaming  —  The Competition and Markets Authority has detailed …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces the 28-inch Surface Studio 2+ with Intel's 11th Gen i7, Nvidia's RTX 3060, Dolby Vision, and 1TB, available for $4,299 or $4,499  —  It's been a long time since Microsoft updated its Surface Studio line of all-in-one PCs.  While rumors had suggested a Surface Studio 3 was on the way …
Taylor Locke / Fortune:
Mango Markets, a Solana DeFi platform, says a hacker stole ~$100M by manipulating its coin's price; the hacker then passed a malicious DAO governance proposal  —  Mango Markets, a decentralized trading platform on the Solana blockchain, looks to be the latest victim of a massive hack within the crypto realm.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Microsoft plans to integrate DALL-E 2 with the newly announced Microsoft Designer app and Image Creator tool in Bing and Microsoft Edge  —  Microsoft is making a major investment in DALL-E 2, OpenAI's AI-powered system that generates images from text, by bringing it to first-party apps and services.
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 …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft says Apple will launch desktop Apple TV and Apple Music apps for Windows in 2023; Windows 11's Photo app will add iCloud integration  —  Microsoft today announced that desktop Apple TV and Apple Music apps will be available on Windows PCs next year, downloadable from the Microsoft Store.
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 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolls out support for signing in with passkeys on Android and Chrome to beta testers ahead of a wider launch in 2022  —  Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others in the industry want to replace website/app passwords with “passkeys” that just require you to unlock your device.
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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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

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