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July 29, 2023, 10:50 AM

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Matthew Orf / Counterpoint Research:
US smartphone shipments fell 24% YoY in Q2 2023, the third consecutive quarter of decline; Samsung shipments fell 37% YoY, and Apple's fell 6%  —  - Shipments declined YoY for the third consecutive quarter amid weak consumer demand.  — Android smartphone shipments declined 38% while Apple shipments fell 6% YoY.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to require developers to submit reasons to use certain APIs in their apps starting this fall, to prevent the misuse of those APIs for fingerprinting  —  The App Store review process is very strict to ensure that apps comply with Apple's guidelines.  And soon, this whole process will get even stricter.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Google launches RT-2 or Robotics Transformer 2, a “vision-language-action” model trained on text and images from the web that can output robotic actions  —  Our sneak peek into Google's new robotics model, RT-2, which melds artificial intelligence technology with robots.
Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
Meta's metaverse VP Vishal Shah on a reboot of Horizon Worlds, starting with a Super Rumble game, a new mobile app, and a transition from VR only to VR first  —  Who's ready to rumble? … Earlier this week, I was hiding in a tree, dodging bullets, while frantically trying to score some last-second points in a free-for-all brawl.
BBC:
An investigation citing hundreds of Turkish people claims Android's earthquake warning system failed to send alerts for the 7.8-magnitude quake on February 8  —  James Clayton and Ben Derico in San Francisco & Anna Foster in Turkey  —  Google's earthquake warning system failed …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Internal Meta emails: Facebook removed content about COVID-19 under pressure from the Biden administration, including posts claiming the virus was man-made  —  Internal Meta emails say pressure from Washington was behind a decision to take down posts attributing pandemic to man-made virus
Stephanie Hirschmiller / Decrypt:
The British Museum partners with Ethereum-based metaverse game The Sandbox to create NFTs showing the museum's collections and offer “new immersive experiences”  —  The cultural institution plans to establish an interactive space within the Ethereum-based world, as well as offer up NFT collectibles.
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
A look at Indian nonprofit Karya, which sells AI training data and redirects all the profit to its workers, who retain ownership of the data they create  —  In the shade of a coconut palm, Chandrika tilts her smartphone screen to avoid the sun's glare.  It is early morning in Alahalli village …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
NASA plans to launch the free streaming service NASA+ later this year on the web, iOS, Android, and streaming media devices, with ad-free original content  —  The agency is also working on a consolidated web experience.  —  NASA is launching its very own streaming platform called NASA+ sometime this summer.
Gareth Jenkinson / Cointelegraph:
Crypto.com says it has received approval from the Netherlands' central bank to offer its services in the country, after a comprehensive review  —  The exchange received the green light from De Nederlandsche Bank to offer services in the country. … Join us on social networks

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