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November 2, 2022, 3:50 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.
Karen Hao / Wall Street Journal:
China's Zhengzhou industrial park, where Foxconn makes iPhones, begins a weeklong lockdown to counteract the “severe and complicated” spread of COVID-19  —  HONG KONG—The industrial park where Foxconn Technology Group's iPhone assembly plant is struggling to maintain production amid …
Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Elon Musk says the blue checkmark system is “bullshit” and Twitter Blue will be $8/month with half the ads, priority in replies, mentions, and search, and more  —  Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
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 USB-C remote, but no AirTag-like remote tracking, lackluster live TV, and somewhat 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 begins rolling out its Basic with Ads tier; sources say licensing negotiations with Disney, Comcast, Sony, Warner Bros., 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.
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