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October 30, 2023, 5:10 PM

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Jennifer Young / Windows Central:
Microsoft plans to ban unauthorized Xbox third-party accessories from November 12, and sources say plans to expand its program for approved wireless controllers  —  Error 0x82d60002 informs players their devices will be blocked.  Here's why.  —  What you need to know
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
Meta plans to offer Instagram and Facebook users in the EU, the EEA, and Switzerland an ad-free option for €9.99/month or €12.99/month, plus the free ad tier  —  - Plans cost €9.99 per month on the web, €12.99 on mobile  — The model follows increasing EU regulations on data access
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Emilia David / The Verge:
Biden signs an EO on generative AI, directing the NIST, the DHS, and other agencies to create new safety standards, protect privacy, support workers, and more  —  President Joe Biden signed an executive order providing rules around generative AI, ahead of any legislation coming from lawmakers.
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Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Source: X is giving employees RSUs at $45 per share, implying a $19B valuation; in March 2023, X offered stock at a $20B valuation; Musk bought Twitter for $44B  —  X has a new valuation.  —  X, formerly Twitter, is now valued at $19 billion, based on the company's employee equity compensation plan.
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
SBF blamed top FTX executives on his second day of testimony, and lawyers disputed his answers using his own emails, DMs, tweets, and more; some were profane  —  - FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried resumed his testimony on Monday as his criminal trial nears its end.
Wall Street Journal:
US v. Google: Sundar Pichai attributes Google's search dominance to its early investment and innovation in Chrome, aiming to improve the user's web experience  —  Sundar Pichai says search giant realized early on that browsers were critical to how people use the web
David Pierce / The Verge:
US v. Google: Sundar Pichai floated preloading a Google app on iOS to Tim Cook in 2018, amid Apple's concerns of lower revenue growth from their rev-share deal  —  In late 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai floated a bold idea to Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Cook had just told Pichai he wanted to be …
Reuters:
Graphic pro-Israel ads are appearing in kids' video games, like Angry Birds, across Europe; Israel has spent $1.5M on online ads since Hamas' October 7 attack  —  Maria Julia Cassis was sitting down to a meal in her terraced home in north London when her 6-year-old son ran into the dining room, his face pale.
CoinDesk:
The UK government publishes its final crypto rules and plans a phased introduction of regulations, such as legislation for fiat-backed stablecoins in early 2024  —  The government plans to propose legislation on fiat-backed stablecoins by early 2024.  —  Register Now
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Qualcomm privately previews the Snapdragon X Elite, slated for mid-2024, which in some cases seems to outperform some Intel, AMD, and Apple chips in benchmarks  —  Last week we saw the announcement of Qualcomm's first post-Nuvia laptop SoC design, the Snapdragon X Elite.
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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android 14 review: an unexciting release for users, featuring a lightly customizable lock screen, better back button functionality, and under-the-hood changes  —  Android 14 offers a lightly customizable lock screen and not much else.  —  Does anybody care about Android 14?
Samrhitha Arunasalam / Reuters:
Western Digital plans to spin off its flash memory unit into a second public company, and focus on hard drives, after the Kioxia merger collapsed; WDC jumps 5%+  —  Western Digital (WDC.O) said on Monday it would split itself into two companies that would focus on the hard drive and flash memory markets …

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