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October 16, 2023, 2:55 PM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
LinkedIn plans to lay off nearly 700 staffers, mostly from its engineering teams, after cutting 716 jobs in May; source: LinkedIn is ramping up hiring in India  —  - LinkedIn is cutting almost 700 employees as revenue growth has slowed over the past two years.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail Netflix's deepening gaming push, as it expands to games for TVs and PCs, deals for 3rd-party games like GTA, and more mobile games for its shows  —  Streamer to put greater emphasis on developing games based on its popular programming, including ‘Squid Game,’ ‘Wednesday,’ ‘Black Mirror’
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Mojang announces 300M+ copies of Minecraft sold in ~15 years; Rockstar's GTA V is the second best-selling game ever after reportedly selling ~185M in ~10 years  —  Today, it adds more down to that particular feather in its cap with the announcement that it has sold a staggering 300 million copies.
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Goldman wants to exit consumer lending and offload its Apple partnership, possibly to Amex, which has balked at Apple Card's loss rate and other issues  —  The bank, which reports third-quarter earnings Tuesday, is fighting profit declines and flagging stock
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Intel plans to launch its 14th Gen desktop CPUs on October 17, offering up to 6GHz for its flagship $589 Core i9-14900K and increased core count on the $409 i7  —  Intel is launching its 14th Gen desktop processors this week, promising boost frequencies of 6GHz out of the box for its flagship Core i9-14900K.
Victoria Kennedy / Eurogamer.net:
Bethesda Head of Publishing Pete Hines plans to leave after 24 years, just weeks after the release of Starfield, to begin an “exciting new chapter”  —  To begin “exciting new chapter”.  —  Bethesda exec Pete Hines has announced his retirement after 24 years at the company, just weeks after Starfield's launch.
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Sources: the US plans new China chip rules to block some AI chips that fall just under the current technical parameters, expand company reporting, and more  —  The U.S. will take steps to prevent American chipmakers from selling semiconductors to China that circumvent government restrictions …
Bloomberg:
Analysts: the iPhone 15 is selling worse in China than the iPhone 14; Counterpoint estimates 4.5% lower sales in 17 days and Jefferies says Huawei outsold Apple  —  - IPhone 15 selling worse in China than its predecessor in 2022  — Sales of Apple's flagship device are down 4.5% in comparison
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Some influencers and CEOs are building their brands on LinkedIn, which is easier due to less creator competition, a committed user base, and a safer feel than X  —  Once purely a jobs board, users say the platform is now more valuable than rivals  —  Marketer Zain Kahn says he earns …

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