October 26, 2023, 5:30 AM

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The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg says Threads has hit “just under” 100M monthly users since Instagram released the app in early July  —  The rumors of Threads' early demise have been exaggerated.  —  Meta's competitor to Elon Musk's X has hit “just under” 100 million monthly users since …
Meta Investor Relations:
Meta reports Q3 revenue up 23% YoY to $34.15B, net income up 164% YoY to $11.58B, and family daily active people up 7% YoY to 3.14B for September 2023  —  Meta Platforms, Inc. (Nasdaq: META) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Meta's Reality Labs reports Q3 revenue down 26% YoY to $210M, vs. $299.3M est., and operating loss up 2% YoY to $3.74B, vs. $3.9B est.  —  - Coming into the third quarter, Meta's Reality Labs division had lost more than $21 billion since the start of last year.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to release AirPods Max and two redesigned fourth-generation AirPods with USB-C in 2024, and AirPods Pro with new chip and design in 2025  —  - Company readies updates to entry-level, Pro and Max models  — After initial skepticism, AirPods are now a critical category
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers reveal an attack forcing iOS and macOS WebKit browsers to divulge secrets, like passwords and email content, of users who visit a malicious website  —  iLeakage is practical and requires minimal resources.  A patch isn't (yet) available.  —  Researchers have devised an attack …
Matthieu Faou / WeLiveSecurity:
Pro-Russia hacking group Winter Vivern is targeting European governmental entities' Roundcube Webmail servers, triggering an attack when an email is viewed  —  ESET Research recommends updating Roundcube Webmail to the latest available version as soon as possible
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Sources: Spotify plans major changes to its royalty model in Q1 2024, including a threshold of minimum annual streams before a track starts generating royalties  —  This is huge news - and it's been a long time coming.  MBW has confirmed that Spotify is planning to make significant changes …
Victoria Song / The Verge:
A look at Apple's double tap gesture, rolling out in watchOS 10.1, letting Series 9 and Ultra 2 users interact with their watch without using its touchscreen  —  Swipes and buttons are the norm, but Apple's double tap gesture opens a future where your smartwatch could be even less dependent on your phone.
Washington Post:
Sources: Biden is expected to sign an EO on October 30 requiring assessments of AI models before federal worker use, easing highly skilled immigration, and more  —  Tackling immigration and safety, the order would require advanced AI models to undergo assessments before they can be used …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple raises the monthly US price of Apple TV+ from $6.99 to $9.99, News+ from $9.99 to $12.99, Arcade from $4.99 to $6.99, and Apple One from $16.95 to $19.95  —  Apple today announced that it is increasing the prices of some of its subscription-based services, including Apple TV+ …
Stephanie Barnes / Engadget:
X rolls out audio and video calling to some users, with options to “select who you're comfortable using it with” or disable the feature altogether  —  Just call them or not.  —  It's finally happening: X (formerly known as Twitter) has begun rolling out yet another feature nobody asked for.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google adds foundation and hair dye options to its AR shopping tool for trying beauty products, and expands the tool to mobile browsers and Google Shopping ads  —  Google is expanding its augmented reality (AR) shopping feature that allows people to virtually wear beauty products before purchasing …
Sources, docs, and government tenders: China has increased spending to replace Western tech with local options since late 2022, starting with computer equipment  —  China has stepped up spending to replace Western-made technology with domestic alternatives as Washington tightens curbs …
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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google rolls out “About this image”, a tool that provides background information and context about images in Google Search, to English-language users globally  —  Google is starting to roll out its new “About this image” tool, which aims to provide essential background information and context about images in Google Search.

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