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February 2, 2023, 2:40 PM

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TechCrunch:
Twitter plans to discontinue free access to its API starting on February 9, ending support for both v1.1 and v2, and launch a “paid basic tier” instead  —  Twitter will discontinue offering free access to the Twitter API starting February 9 and will launch a paid version …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony introduces Discord voice calls in beta for the PlayStation 5 in the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK, adds Variable Refresh Rate support for 1440p, and more  —  Beta testers will be able to join Discord voice calls on a PS5 console in the US, Canada, Japan, and UK starting today.
Bloomberg:
Sony reports Q3 sales rose 13% YoY to ~$26.4B and operating income dropped 8% YoY to ~$3.3B, beating analyst estimates; PS5 sales hit 7.1M, up from 3.9M YoY  —  Sony Group Corp. revised up its full-year profit outlook after earnings beat estimates and the company had its best quarter of PlayStation 5 sales.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple decided not to replace departing VP of Industrial Design Evans Hankey; its group of ~20 industrial designers will report to COO Jeff Williams  —  Apple Inc. has decided against naming a new executive to replace its departing top product designer, marking a stark shift …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Q&A with ad expert Eric Seufert on Meta's Q4 earnings, rising ad load, ATT, Reels, the Google-Meta duopoly, Amazon, EU regulations, Google's DOJ case, and more  —  An interview with Eric Seufert about Meta's earnings, the ATT recession, new European regulations, and the DOJ-Google antitrust case.
Subrat Patnaik / Bloomberg:
After a big decline in 2022, Meta's stock has risen 72%+ since November 3, one of the S&P 500 Index's best-performing stocks, adding $200B+ to its market cap  —  A spectacular turnaround in Meta Platforms Inc.'s stock is bringing back flashes of Big Tech heydays.
Krystal Hu / Reuters:
Similarweb: ChatGPT reached 100M MAUs and ~13M daily unique visitors in January 2023, two months after launch, becoming the fastest-growing consumer app yet  —  ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal:
TikTok's playbook to win DC's trust, like touring its Transparency and Accountability Center in California, echoes Huawei's unsuccessful US and Europe strategy  —  Chinese-owned app is taking steps that are similar to largely unsuccessful tactics used by the telecom giant  —  How TikTok Could Become a U.S. Company
Marissa Newman / Bloomberg:
Legal docs: Meta paid Bright Data to scrape data from other websites for years while publicly condemning the practice and suing companies for scraping its sites  —  Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc. for years paid a contractor to scrape data from other websites while publicly condemning …
Nicole Herskowitz / Microsoft 365 Blog:
Microsoft's Teams Premium hits general availability for $10 per user per month; AI-generated notes by OpenAI's GPT-3.5 are set to arrive “in the coming months”  —  As we face economic uncertainties and changes to work patterns, organizations are searching for ways to optimize …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Chainalysis lays off less than 5% of its staff as part of a reorganization; in January, its CEO said the company plans to grow staff by ~11% and expand globally  —  Chainalysis Inc., a company that specializes in tracking crypto transactions and the entities behind them, said it's made layoffs affecting less than 5% of staff.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A Manhattan judge dismisses a proposed class action lawsuit accusing Coinbase of selling unregistered securities and failing to register as a broker-dealer  —  A U.S. judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit by Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) customers who accused …

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