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October 12, 2022, 9:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts the Surface Pro 9, combining the Pro X and Pro lines, available on October 25 for $1,000+ with Intel's 12th Gen CPUs or $1,300+ with an ARM SQ3  —  Microsoft is combining its Surface Pro X and Surface Pro lines into a single product this year, the Surface Pro 9.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils the 28-inch Surface Studio 2+ with Intel's 11th Gen i7, Nvidia's RTX 3060, Dolby Vision, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, 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 …
Sam Rutherford / Engadget:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple told unionized store staff in Maryland that they won't get its new benefits and would need to negotiate via the collective bargaining arrangement  —  Apple Inc. is withholding its latest employee benefits from staff who work at its sole unionized retail store …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Signal will start phasing out SMS and MMS support from its Android app; users have a few months to transition away from SMS and export messages to another app  —  Signal says it will start to phase out SMS and MMS message support from its Android app to streamline the user experience and prioritize security and privacy.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Taylor Locke / Fortune:
Mango Markets, a Solana DeFi platform, says a hacker stole ~$100M by manipulating its coin's price; the hacker made a DAO proposal to waive any investigations  —  Mango Markets, a decentralized trading platform on the Solana blockchain, looks to be the latest victim of a massive hack within the crypto realm.
Parmy Olson / Bloomberg:
Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse keynote didn't address the enormous skepticism around his vision and shows why VR 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 …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft says Apple plans to launch desktop Apple TV and Apple Music apps for Windows in 2023; Windows 11's Photos app will get 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.
Digiday:
Sources: Apple held separate exploratory discussions with media agencies about monetizing its original video content through ads, possibly as early as 2023  —  Apple's growing designs on the ad industry are already well-documented with the iPhone maker's media unit already generating $4 billion per year on search.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Microsoft plans to integrate OpenAI's DALL-E 2 into its 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.
Julian Chokkattu / Wired:
Google Pixel Watch review: beautiful, comfortable, bright but cramped screen, lackluster battery life, slow charging, few apps, and no auto workout tracking  —  I'm late.  I'm late.  For a very important date.  That's effectively the Google Pixel Watch's mantra.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Google approved Truth Social in the Google Play Store after the app updated its content moderation policies in response to being denied in August 2022  —  Google has approved Donald Trump's Twitter-like social media app Truth Social for distribution in the Google Play Store, Axios has learned.
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:
Dream Security, a cybersecurity company co-founded by former NSO Group CEO Shalev Hulio with a focus on protecting critical infrastructure, has raised $20M  —  The former chief executive officer of Israeli spyware company NSO Group, Shalev Hulio, has joined with ex-Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ByteDance plans to expand its Resso music streaming service globally, starting with over a dozen markets excluding the US, and integrate it into TikTok  —  Company is negotiating with labels as it seeks more than a dozen new global markets  —  BeReal vs. TikTok: Can ‘Authentic’ Social Media Compete Without Ads?
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
The UK's CMA details its concerns with Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition, like withholding games from rivals; Microsoft says Sony is the market leader  —  The CMA expects the deal to impact PlayStation and game streaming  —  The Competition and Markets Authority has detailed …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US chip equipment suppliers are pausing business activities and pulling out staff based at China's YMTC, following US curbs on China's chip sector  —  Tool makers are pulling out staff and pausing work as they assess the impact of Commerce Department restrictions on semiconductor exports to China
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Texas social media law from going into effect, as industry groups seek to bring the case to the Supreme Court  —  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a controversial Texas social media law from going into effect Wednesday as industry groups seek to bring the case to the Supreme Court.

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