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March 7, 2023, 3:50 PM

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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Biden's FCC nominee Gigi Sohn tells the White House she is dropping out after her nomination stalled for 16 months amid industry opposition and personal attacks  —  Gigi Sohn notified the White House she would drop out after her nomination stalled for 16 months, amid industry opposition
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple's upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature an 8-core M3 chip, the same core count as the M1 and M2  —  We've been hearing rumors about a new MacBook Air for a while, but some details about it remain unclear. 9to5Mac has now heard …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Meta plans to cut thousands of jobs as soon as this week, after eliminating 11,000+, or ~13% of its staff, in November 2022 in its first major layoff  —  Meta Platforms Inc., the owner of Facebook and Instagram, is planning a fresh round of layoffs and will cut thousands of employees …
Harshit Rastogi / Counterpoint Research:
Apple had eight of the top 10 best-selling smartphones in 2022, led by the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max; Samsung's Galaxy A13 was fourth and its A03 was 10th  —  - Apple captured eight spots in the list of top 10 best-selling smartphones for 2022.  — The remaining two spots were taken by Samsung's Galaxy A13 and A03 models.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple announces a yellow iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, 2023's spring color after the “alpine green” option on all iPhone 13 models in 2022, shipping on March 14  —  Unlike last year, the new color variant won't be available for the Pro models and will only ship with the base iPhone 14 and the 14 Plus.
Clare Duffy / CNN:
Meta tests returning messaging features to the Facebook app, nearly a decade after moving them to Messenger, hoping to “differentiate” Facebook from TikTok  —  New York CNN —  —  Nearly a decade after Facebook angered some users by splitting off messaging features …
George Hammond / Financial Times:
Many VCs question whether the generative AI startups attracting eye-watering valuations will make enough money, fearing a repeat of the crypto investment hype  —  Silicon Valley VCs fearing a repeat of falling crypto values warn against pouring cash into hype-fuelled start-ups
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Salesforce announces Einstein GPT, bringing OpenAI-based generative AI tools to Customer 360, Tableau, MuleSoft, and Slack using data from its Data Cloud  —  - Salesforce clients will be able to exchange Slack messages with a ChatGPT chatbot that can show data from Salesforce.
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Andrew Marino / The Verge:
Q&A with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence and producer Giles Martin on the Era 100 and 300 speakers, spatial audio, Atmos, sustainability, the Google lawsuit, and more  —  They join The Vergecast to discuss Sonos' new Era 300 and 100 speakers, the ins and outs of spatial audio, and why this is the time to get behind it.
New York Times:
After Instagram added a Facebook cross-post prompt, sources say at Meta's request, some young adults are flummoxed why their photos and stories are on Facebook  —  Teenagers and young adults are flummoxed.  The reason it keeps happening involves an online prompt and product design.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok launches Series, letting select creators sell Collections of up to 80 paywalled videos, each up to 20 minutes; creators initially keep 100% of earnings  —  TikTok is opening up a new monetization spigot for creators on the popular short-form video app.

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