October 30, 2023, 2:30 PM

Top News

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:
Meta plans to temporarily suspend showing ads to all users under 18 in the EU and parts of Europe starting on November 6, to comply with EU regulations  —  Ad changes for Instagram and Facebook owner are aimed at navigating EU rules about targeted ads  —  Meta Platforms will stop showing adverts …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Biden signs an EO on generative AI, directing the NIST, 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.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
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:
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.
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 invited press to a private event to showcase the Snapdragon X Elite, slated for mid-2024, competing favorably in benchmarks against other select chips  —  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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