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November 2, 2022, 7:30 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony plans to launch the PlayStation VR2 with Sense controllers and stereo headphones on February 22 for $550, £530, or €600; preorders open on 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 …
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 Zoom meeting, Twitter boss tweets that no suspended accounts will return to site until there is clear process for doing so
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Qualcomm expects to provide modem chips for the “vast majority” of iPhones in 2023, retaining its current foothold after previously planning to supply ~20%  —  Qualcomm Inc. will continue to provide the modem chips for the “vast majority” of iPhones in 2023 …
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. ”
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.
Kate Irwin / Decrypt:
Meta is letting select Instagram US creators test a toolkit for minting NFTs and selling them on and off the platform, and says it won't charge fees until 2024  —  Instagram will soon have NFT creation and trading tools built in, but in-app purchases will be “subject to applicable app store fees.”
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.
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 …
Patrick Clark / Bloomberg:
Home buying startup Opendoor lays off ~550 employees, or ~18% of its staff, after higher rates and a shift in prices forced the company to sell homes at a loss  —  Opendoor Technologies Inc. is laying off about 550 employees after higher mortgage rates cratered US housing demand.
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Vancouver-based Dapper Labs, the NFT startup behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot, lays off ~134 staff, or ~22% of its workforce; Dapper Labs has raised $600M+  —  Dapper Labs has laid off around 22 percent of its staff, BetaKit has learned.  —  The company confirmed the layoffs to BetaKit …
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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
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
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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