January 18, 2023, 3:35 AM

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Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
FTX identifies ~$5.5B in “liquid” assets for recovery, including $415M in “unauthorized third-party transfers” possibly tied to a hack found after its collapse  —  - FTX has identified about $5.5 billion worth of digital assets for recovery, a number that includes $415 million in “hacked crypto.”
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
Government documents offer new details and which FTX and Alameda executives were discussing the crypto exchange's use of customer funds before FTX's collapse  —  Documents obtained by The New York Times provide new details about the discussions among FTX's top leaders before the cryptocurrency exchange collapsed in November.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: Microsoft is contemplating cutting ~5% of its workforce, or ~11,000 jobs, and could announce the layoffs in the coming days, before company earnings  —  Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce amid a global economic slowdown, Sky News learns.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple indefinitely postpones its lightweight AR glasses due to technical difficulties and is instead planning a lower-cost MR headset for 2024 or 2025  —  Apple Inc. is still planning to unveil its first mixed-reality headset this year, but an even more important follow-up product …
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Tesla's Autopilot software director testified in 2022 that an October 2016 video promoted by Elon Musk was staged, showing self-driving features the cars lacked  —  A 2016 video that Tesla (TSLA.O) used to promote its self-driving technology was staged to show capabilities like stopping …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro or M2 Max, Wi-Fi 6E, 8K HDMI, up to 96GB of RAM, and more, starting at $1,999 and $2,499  —  Apple today announced the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with faster 5nm-based M2 Pro and M2 Max chips …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates its Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro options, improved graphics performance, up to 32GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and more, starting at $599  —  Apple today launched the new Mac mini lineup, available with M2 and M2 Pro chips inside.  The M2 Mac mini starts at a new lower price of $599.
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Apple plans to hire a third-party firm to audit its US labor practices, focusing on human rights, after an investor coalition pushed for the assessment  —  The tech giant will assess its compliance with its official human rights policy, according to a federal filing.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Canalys: global smartphone shipments fell 17% YoY in Q4 2022 and 2022 shipments fell 11% YoY to under 1.2B, the lowest quarterly and annual levels since 2013  —  One of these days I'll have some positive news to share about the global smartphone market.  Today is not that day.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Discord acquires Gas, a poll-based app with 1M+ DAUs that's popular among teens for sharing anonymous compliments and positive affirmations with each other  —  Discord has acquired the Gas social app.  The poll-based app has become popular among teens in recent months, allowing friends to share compliments with each other.
Jon Christian / Futurism:
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google's Nest team appears to be working on AirTag-like location trackers, codenamed Grogu, with Bluetooth LE and UWB support, for a possible I/O launch in May  —  Google is reportedly working on a location tracking tag to compete with the likes of Apple's AirTags and Tile trackers …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Meta's Oversight Board urges the company to change its nudity policy after overturning its removal of two posts showing topless transgender and nonbinary people  —  Meta's Oversight Board, which independently evaluates difficult content moderation decisions, has overturned the company's takedown …

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