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October 13, 2022, 8:25 PM

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Charles Pulliam-Moore / The Verge:
Netflix says Basic with Ads will cost $6.99/month in the US and debut on November 3 in 12 countries, offering most titles, at up to 720p, and without downloads  —  Starting in November, Netflix will finally roll out its new ad-supported tier for just a few bucks a month …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple plans to offer Apple Card users a “high-yield” Goldman Sachs savings account in the coming months and automatically deposit their Daily Cash with no fees  —  Apple today announced that Apple Card users will be able to open a new “high-yield” savings account from Goldman Sachs …
Stratechery:
Q&A with Zuckerberg about selling the Quest 3 at a break-even or a loss, from $300-$500, to grow the ecosystem, missing the shift to TikTok-like feeds, and more  —  This interview was conducted yesterday morning as Meta was broadcasting its pre-recorded Connect keynote.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg touting an “open, interoperable metaverse” is at odds with Meta using corporate partnerships and case-by-case permissions to build its version  —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to own the future of computing — but not alone.  That's the intended takeaway from this year's Meta …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Nelson Wang / CoinDesk:
New York Times:
Sources: Biden's crackdown on Chinese tech exports was driven by fears of China using supercomputers and AI to develop weapons and crack US encrypted messaging  —  U.S. officials pushed to choke off China's access to critical semiconductor technology after internal debates and tough negotiations with allies.
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Internal Pentagon docs: 80%+ of US soldiers using Microsoft HoloLens experienced “mission-affecting physical impairments”, like headaches, eyestrain, and nausea  —  US soldiers using Microsoft Corp.'s new goggles in their latest field test suffered “mission-affecting physical impairments” …
Tom Giles / Bloomberg:
Filing: Twitter says Elon Musk is under a federal investigation related to his bid to acquire the company and asks for access to documents he gave authorities  —  Billionaire Elon Musk is being investigated by federal authorities related to his attempted acquisition of Twitter Inc. …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
DeFi startup Uniswap Labs, which runs a decentralized crypto exchange, raised a $165M Series B led by Polychain Capital, and plans to build an NFT aggregator  —  Uniswap Labs on Thursday announced a $165 million Series B funding round, led by Polychain Capital, that values the company at $1.66 billion.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
A look at Google's Project Starline 3D video chat booths, as Google plans to install them for some enterprise partners, such as Salesforce, WeWork, and T-Mobile  —  Project Starline is the real deal.  It makes a virtual call feel like a one-on-one conversation.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rebrands Office to Microsoft 365 after 30+ years; Office.com will get a new logo and design in November, followed by the Office apps in January 2023  —  Microsoft is making a major change to its Microsoft Office branding.  After more than 30 years, Microsoft Office is being renamed …
Washington Post:
A look at efforts by Google, Signal, Tor, and others to help Iranian protestors evade censorship; the White House prodded tech companies and relaxed sanctions  —  Though Yasmin Green fled Iran with her parents at 3 years old, she has never been more involved in the struggles of its people.
Axios:
Sources: the FCC plans to ban selling new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices in the US over national security concerns; the order needs to be voted on  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to ban all sales of new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices in the U.S. …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
NYC-based NorthOne, which offers digital banking services for small business owners, raised a $67M Series B, bringing its total funding to $90.3M  —  It's common knowledge, especially to those who work in financial services, that the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased demand for digital banking globally.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Meta files to dismiss the FTC's attempt to block its acquisition of Within, arguing the FTC's claims rely on “pure speculation of a hypothetical future state”  —  Meta filed to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission's attempt to block its acquisition of virtual reality fitness startup Within …
Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Documents: SpaceX told the Pentagon it can't donate more Starlink terminals to Ukraine or keep funding the service there, asking the Pentagon to provide funding  —  Since they first started arriving in Ukraine last spring, the Starlink satellite internet terminals made by Elon Musk's SpaceX …
More: Financial Times and DCD
Chris Baraniuk / BBC:
How cosmic rays can alter computers' memory, a phenomenon understood since at least the 1970s, and why it is hard to tie specific errors to ionizing radiation  —  The Earth is subjected to a hail of subatomic particles from the Sun and beyond our solar system which could be the cause of glitches that afflict our phones and computers.

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