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October 15, 2022, 3:15 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Internal Meta docs detail its metaverse struggles; Horizon Worlds has ~200K MAUs vs. a 500K goal by the end of 2022; 9% of worlds are ever visited by 50+ people  —  Most visitors to Horizon Worlds generally don't return after first month; ‘an empty world is a sad world’
The Wire:
The Wire responds to Meta's rebuttal to its XCheck report with a video of a source using an internal Instagram subdomain, DKIM verifying the email, and more  —  A point-by-point response to Meta's statement questioning The Wire's story on the ease with which the BJP IT Cell head is able to get Instagram to delete posts he reports.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to launch 11" and 12.9" iPad Pros with M2 in October and is working on a Mac mini with M2, Apple TV with A14, and a low-end iPad with USB-C  —  Apple's next product launch is just days away.  Also: The company withholds new employee benefits from its unionized retail store …
Victoria Gill / BBC:
The WEEE Forum research estimates that about 5.3B out of 16B mobile phones worldwide will be thrown away in 2022; e-waste will grow to 74M tons per year by 2030  —  This year, 5.3 billion mobile phones will be thrown away the international waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) forum says.
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Razer unveils Edge, its gaming handheld with Android 12, a 6.8" 144Hz screen, and Qualcomm's G3x Gen 1 chipset, available for $400 in January 2023 with Wi-Fi 6E  —  Razer is finally showing off the Edge, its portable Android gaming handheld.  Good news: it looks a lot better than the last time we saw it in December 2021.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
A look at TikTok's rise, as US viewers spend longer in the video app than Facebook and Instagram combined, and ongoing issues with its Chinese ownership  —  The world's most popular app has pioneered a new age of instant attention.  Can we trust it?  —  On the night Shelby Renae …
Help Net Security:
Stairwell, which scans companies' data to detect if they are currently compromised or were in the past, raised a $45M Series B led by Section 32  —  Stairwell announced a $45M Series B capitalization.  The funding round was led by Section 32, with additional investments from Sequoia Capital …
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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
NLRB: Apple's Penn Square store employees in Oklahoma City have voted to unionize with the CWA, with 56 votes in favor and 32 against  —  Workers at Apple's Penn Square store in Oklahoma City have voted to unionize with the Communications Workers of America, with 56 yeses, and 32 nos.

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