November 29, 2023, 11:15 AM

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AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple plans to exit its Goldman Sachs contract in 12 to 15 months, ending their consumer partnership, including for credit card and savings accounts  —  Tech giant proposed exiting contract in about 12-to-15 months  —  Apple is pulling the plug on its credit-card partnership with Goldman Sachs …
Mike Seymour / fxguide:
Unity plans to cut 265 jobs, or 3.8% of its workforce, and end its services deal with VFX company Wētā FX to focus on its core business in a “company reset”  —  UPDATE: Scroll down for a statement from WētāFX:  —  Reuters is reporting that Unity Software …
Graham Starr / Bloomberg:
Okta tells customers that hackers who breached its network stole information on all users of its customer support system, greater than the 1% claimed previously  —  - Okta had earlier said breach affected about 1% of customers  — Company said some Okta employee information was also stolen
Robert De Niro criticizes Apple and the Gotham Awards, after sources say Apple cut part of his speech slamming Donald Trump, which he read anyway from his phone  —  The “Killers of the Flower Moon” actor was gearing up to slam Donald Trump at Monday's Gotham Awards, but when he took the stage …
Ann-Marie Alcántara / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify launches Spotify Wrapped 2023, adding a Me in 2023 feature that assigns users one of 12 themes to describe their listening habits, on mobile and desktop  —  The listening recap, available Wednesday, takes over social media every year  —  It's the time of year many people have been anxiously awaiting: Spotify Wrapped season.
Steven J. Horowitz / Variety:
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources: Apple pays Arm under 30 cents per device to license Arm's IP, the lowest rate among Arm's smartphone customers; Apple accounts for <5% of Arm's sales  —  In 2017, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son gathered a group of executives from Arm Holdings, the British chip designer SoftBank had just bought …
How deepfake porn victims in NYC suburb Levittown helped convict the perpetrator, a former classmate, an ordeal further complicated by the lack of clear US laws  —  A group of young women in a New York City suburb, horrified to learn their photographs had been manipulated and posted online, took matters into their own hands.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
David Pierce / The Verge:
A look at Ayaneo's new $199+ Retro Mini PC AM01, styled on Apple's 1980s-era Macintosh, with AMD Ryzen chips, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage  —  Ayaneo, which is mostly known for making handheld gaming consoles, just fully revealed the new Retro Mini PC AM01 after teasing it a few weeks ago.
Sources: British AI startup Stability AI held early-stage talks with multiple companies about a sale, as executives face investor pressure over its finances  —  - Move follows letter from investor Coatue calling for changes  — Coatue concerned about Stability AI's financial position
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:
Samsung launches its Samsung Internet browser on Windows via the Microsoft Store, offering a similar design to Chrome  —  Samsung Internet has moved out of the mobile space and onto the desktop with a new version available through the Microsoft Store for Windows PCs.
Ben Weiss / Fortune:
Wormhole, a messaging protocol started by Jump Crypto to let blockchain developers communicate, raised $225M at a $2.5B valuation, 2023's largest crypto raise  —  In a parched fundraising landscape, the team behind Wormhole, the messaging protocol that lets developers communicate across different blockchains …
Scott Hayden / Road to VR:
Meta pauses shipments of the Quest 3's Elite Strap with Battery after widespread user reports of a charging fault that renders the battery useless  —  Meta paused shipments of its Elite Strap with Battery for Quest 3 amid widespread user reports of a charging fault that renders the battery useless.
Meta tells US officials that the company plans to block new political ads on Facebook and Instagram one week before the 2024 election, similar to past elections  —  - Facebook owner to block political ads one week before US vote  — First US election with broad generative AI will test democracy
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Rest of World:
A look at Foxconn's struggles to manufacture the iPhone 15 in India, contending with language barriers, labor disputes, regulatory hurdles, and more  —  Chinese engineers are flying to India to train the next generation of iPhone builders.  —  • SUNGUVARCHATRAM, INDIA

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