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October 14, 2022, 2:30 PM

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Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources: Apple's headset will scan irises to let users log in and make payments and will have two downward-facing cameras to capture users' legs for avatars  —  By the time Apple introduces its much-anticipated mixed reality headset—planned for sometime next year—Meta Platforms …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia is “unlaunching” the recently announced 12GB RTX 4080 after backlash, says the graphics card sharing the 4080 designation with RTX 4080 16GB is confusing  —  Nvidia is pausing the launch of its upcoming 12GB RTX 4080 graphics card.  After originally unveiling the 12GB RTX 4080 …
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Meta says the segment at Connect 2022 announcing the addition of legs to Horizon World avatars in 2023 “featured animations created from motion capture”  —  A subsequent statement from Meta says ‘the segment featured animations created from motion capture’
Stratechery:
Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Docs: SpaceX told the Pentagon that it can't donate more Starlink terminals to Ukraine or keep funding the service there indefinitely, and asks for funding  —  Since they first started arriving in Ukraine last spring, the Starlink satellite internet terminals made by Elon Musk's SpaceX …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Meta will end support for Instant Articles, source says in mid-April 2023, giving news publishers six months to readjust their Facebook strategies  —  Meta is ending support for Instant Articles, a proprietary mobile format it debuted in 2015 to quickly load news articles on the Facebook app, Axios has learned.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
For search results on mobile, Google is replacing the “Ad” label with “Sponsored” in bold and moving it above the site URL in a separate line  —  Over the years, Google has made it harder to separate ads from organic search results at a glance.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Crypto broker NYDIG, which raised $1B at a $7B+ valuation in December 2021, laid off ~110 people, about a third of its workforce, in September 2022  —  Company said last year that it had raised $1 billion at a valuation of more than $7 billion  —  NYDIG, the bitcoin trading and banking firm …
Washington Post:
A letter to Senate leaders from ~250 industry groups urges a Senate floor vote for FCC nominee Gigi Sohn to end a 21-month deadlock and enable Biden's agenda  —  Almost 250 groups will send a letter Friday to congressional leaders, calling for the Senate to vote to confirm Democratic nominee Gigi Sohn
Financial Times:
Nigel Gladstone / Sydney Morning Herald:
A hacker leaks 5TB of data from the Colombian government, exposing the identities and methods of Australian Federal Police anti-narcotics agents  —  A massive leak of classified government documents has exposed the identities and methods of secret agents working to stop major drug importations to Australia.
Politico:
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried backtracks on spending $1B on US political races by 2024, saying it was a “dumb quote”; SBF has donated ~$40M in the 2022 cycle  —  , which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 5:15 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need …

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