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November 2, 2022, 4:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony plans to launch the PlayStation VR2 on February 22 for $550, £530, or €600; preorders open November 15  —  Sony will launch its PS VR2 headset on February 22nd priced at $549.99.  The PS VR2 will be priced at $549.99 in the US, €599.99 across Europe, £529.99, and ¥74,980 in Japan.
Washington Post:
Elon Musk says Twitter will not reinstate banned accounts “until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks”  —  After the Zoom meeting, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would return to the site until there was a clear process for doing so
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
New York Times:
Washington Post:
Internal email: Twitter appears to be rushing out a “high”-risk “Paywalled Video” feature, letting users charge to view their videos, with Twitter taking a cut  —  The tool would let video creators charge users for access.  The team working on it flagged big potential pitfalls.
Elisa Lipsky-Karasz / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of, and interview with, Jony Ive, covering life before and after Apple, his design philosophy, his company LoveFrom, the importance of words, and more  —  can always write an awful lot that I can't draw,“ Jony Ive, the mastermind behind Apple's most revolutionary products, says as he holds up a Space Age-style coffee cup. ”
Steven Musil / CNET:
Former Apple employee Dhirendra Prasad pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud charges after defrauding Apple of $17M+, including via kickbacks, starting in 2011  —  Former parts buyer engaged in theft, taking kickbacks and inflating invoices, prosecutors say.  —  Steven Musil
Karen Hao / Wall Street Journal:
China's Zhengzhou industrial park, home of Foxconn's most advanced iPhone plant, begins a weeklong lockdown to combat COVID-19's “severe and complicated” spread  —  HONG KONG—The industrial park where Foxconn Technology Group's iPhone assembly plant is struggling to maintain production amid …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google expands Google Play Games beta for PC to the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore, offering 85 Android games  —  Google Play Games is launching in open beta in the US today, allowing anyone to try out a selection of Android games on PC.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple TV 4K (2022) review: affordable, snappy performance, and a USB-C Siri Remote, but no AirTag-like remote tracking, lackluster live TV, and a stale design  —  Packing more speed than ever (and now HDR10 Plus) at a cheaper price, the Apple TV 4K is the best overall streamer on the market — even if tvOS is falling behind in places
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
A financial document details some ties between Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX and Alameda Research; Alameda's biggest asset is $3.66B of unlocked FTT, an FTX token  —  Alameda had $14.6 billion of assets as of June 30, according to a private document CoinDesk reviewed.
Hamish McKenzie / On Substack:
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix rolls out its Basic with Ads tier in 12 countries; sources say licensing negotiations with Disney, Comcast's NBCU, Sony, WBD, and Lions Gate are ongoing  —  Disney, NBCU and Sony are among the companies still negotiating licensing with the streaming service
Chelsey Cox / CNBC:
FinCEN: US financial firms processed ~$1.2B in likely ransomware payments in 2021, up almost 3x YoY; ~75% of H2 2021 ransomware incidents were linked to Russia  —  - U.S. banks and financial institutions processed more than $1 billion in potential ransomware-related payments in 2021.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google plans to roll out parental controls for Assistant, including disabling features, restricting services, and setting downtime hours, in the “coming weeks”  —  Kids love to use smart speakers, but it's all too easy for things to go horribly wrong — including content that's decidedly not family-friendly.
Raksha Kumar / Rest of World:
A look at the everyday sexism faced by Indian women working in tech; around 36% of India's 5M tech workers are women, of which 7% hold executive-level positions  —  Tech helped more Indian women join the workforce, but they're still fighting to be treated equally.

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