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October 12, 2022, 6:40 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:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Teams Premium, with some AI-based smart features like meeting recaps and live translations, expected to launch in February 2023, pricing TBA  —  Microsoft is launching Microsoft Teams Premium today, a new offering designed to boost its chat and collaboration app with some AI-powered smart features.
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 …
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 …
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.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolls out beta features for creating and using passkeys on Android and building passkeys into websites for Chrome, ahead of a stable launch later 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.
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
Christian Davenport / Washington Post:
Amazon plans to launch its first two Project Kuiper prototype internet satellites in early 2023 on the new Vulcan rocket developed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin  —  Two prototypes would launch early next year as the company seeks to build a constellation that would eventually grow …
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 …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Roku partners with Wyze to launch smart home products, including lighting, plugs, and cameras, sold exclusively at Walmart in the US starting on October 17  —  Roku has officially announced a lineup of smart home gadgets that includes lighting, plugs, and cameras.

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