July 7, 2023, 11:50 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans an appointment-only retail launch of the Vision Pro in the US in early 2024, starting with stores in NYC, LA, and other major cities  —  Apple Inc. is planning a retail launch of its Vision Pro headset with appointments and in-store promotion in select US markets early next year …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Twitter threatens to sue Meta over Threads, saying Meta “engaged in systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets” and other IP  —  Twitter is threatening legal action against Meta over its new text-based “Twitter killer” platform …
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Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Sega co-COO Shuji Utsumi says the company is withholding its biggest games from third-party blockchain gaming projects and is shelving its own blockchain games  —  Sega Corp., the gaming studio once regarded among the staunchest advocates of blockchain gaming, is pulling back from an arena devastated …
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Crypto bridging protocol Multichain confirms a $130M exploit affecting user-supplied tokens and recommends “all users suspend the use of Multichain services”  —  “It is recommended that all users suspend the use of Multichain services and revoke all contract approvals related to Multichain," developers said early Friday.
Nathan Crooks / The Block:
Report: Binance GC Han Ng, Chief Strategy Officer Patrick Hillmann, and compliance SVP Steven Christie are leaving Binance over CZ's response to the DOJ's probe  —  - Top executives at Binance resigned this week over CEO Changpeng Zhao's handling of regulatory investigations into the company, Fortune reported, citing sources.
New York Times:
Sources: the FBI searched Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell's home in March 2023, as part of US prosecutors' probe into claims he hacked a nonprofit he founded  —  Federal agents were investigating Jesse Powell, the founder of the crypto exchange Kraken, over claims that he hacked and cyber-stalked a nonprofit arts group.
New York Times:
Uber, DoorDash, and Grubhub sue NYC, seeking to block new minimum pay standards that increased the hourly wage for gig workers to ~$18 and $20 by 2025  —  Uber, DoorDash and Grubhub argued that the city used poor data to calculate how much food delivery workers should earn and that the change would hurt consumers.
Frederick Munawa / CoinDesk:
Lightning Labs announces tools that let developers create AI agents that leverage GPT function calls to hold, send, and receive bitcoin via Lightning Network  —  “We are in the realm of enabling use cases that weren't previously possible,” Lightning Labs CEO Elizabeth Stark told CoinDesk.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI releases its GPT-4 API in general availability, giving all paying developers access and planning to give new developers access by the end of July 2023  —  OpenAI today announced the general availability of GPT-4, its latest text-generating model, through its paid API.

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