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December 1, 2023, 11:35 AM

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Financial Times:
X says it will accelerate plans to attract ad spending by SMBs, including outsourcing some ad sales to third parties, such as US marketing startup JumpCrew  —  Social media site accelerates plan to attract small businesses as billionaire owner battles big brands
New York Times:
Some marketing agencies say their brands don't plan to return to advertise on X, and others are advising brands to stop posting on X, after Elon Musk's comments  —  Elon Musk, the owner of X, criticized advertisers with expletives on Wednesday at The New York Times's DealBook Summit.
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple and Paramount have discussed an Apple TV+ and Paramount+ bundle that would cost less than subscribing to both streaming services separately  —  Streamers are increasingly joining with rivals to offer bundles that help attract and keep subscribers
Bloomberg:
Phil Spencer says Microsoft is talking to partners to help launch a mobile gaming store to take on Apple's and Google's app stores, but offers no launch date  —  Challenge to Apple, Google app stores could come soon.  —  Microsoft Corp. is talking to partners to help launch a mobile gaming store …
Marko Zivkovic / MacRumors:
Internal docs: Apple plans to include the Action button on the entire iPhone 16 lineup that would include a force sensor and “tact-switching functionality”  —  The release of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max saw the introduction of an entirely new user-configurable button known as the Action button …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days “that may have been exploited”, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023  —  Apple released emergency security updates to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities exploited in attacks and impacting iPhone …
Reuters:
A US district judge issues a preliminary injunction blocking Montana's first-of-its-kind state ban on TikTok from taking effect on January 1, 2024  —  A U.S. judge late on Thursday blocked Montana's first-of-its kind state ban on the use of short-video sharing app TikTok from taking effect on Jan. 1.
Stacy Elliott / Decrypt:
Coinbase reports receiving 13,079 law enforcement requests from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023, up 6% YoY and 3x since 2020; almost 50% were from the US  —  Almost half of the 13,079 law enforcement requests Coinbase received in 2023 came from the U.S., according to a new report.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Tiger Global cut valuations of its portfolio companies in September 2023, including Superhuman by 45%, DuckDuckGo 72%, Yuga Labs 69%, and OpenSea 94%  —  The nearly $13 billion Private Investment Partners 15 fund marked down AI-powered email company Superhuman by 45% and cut …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Valve launches a Steam Link app on Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro, letting users more easily play VR games from their Steam library wirelessly  —  Valve's Steam Link app, which lets you stream games from your Steam library to another device, is out now for the Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro headsets, according to a news post from Valve.
Samyuktha Sriram / Unchained Crypto:
In a letter to two US Senators, Circle denies a report alleging it had a role in financing Hamas and Hezbollah and an “ongoing relationship” with Justin Sun  —  Stablecoin issuer Circle hit back against claims made by non-profit watchdog group Campaign for Accountability (CfA) …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile  —  Expansion is expected in December, a signal of company's commitment to microblogging service  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms plans …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features  —  First, the number: according to Google, over 1 billion monthly active users are using RCS in Google Messages.
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