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January 9, 2024, 12:05 AM

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Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple plans to ship the $3,499+ Vision Pro on February 2 in the US, after opening pre-orders on January 19 at 8am ET, with a Solo Knit Band and a Dual Loop Band  —  It's finally time: Apple has announced it will start shipping its Vision Pro headset on February 2nd in the United States.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to offer customers demos of Vision Pro at its US retail stores from February 2 through the weekend on a first-come, first-served basis  —  Apple Vision Pro officially has pre-order and launch dates as of today, and now we know how the public will get to try Apple's first spatial computer as well.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says the base Vision Pro model has 256GB of storage and the ZEISS Optical Inserts for readers cost $99 and prescription ZEISS Optical Inserts cost $149  —  Apple has announced more details on Vision Pro availability.  In a press release today, Apple announced that Vision Pro …
OpenAI:
OpenAI responds to The New York Times' lawsuit: training is fair use and there is an opt-out, “regurgitation” is a rare bug, and NYT “manipulated” its models  —  We support journalism, partner with news organizations, and believe The New York Times lawsuit is without merit.
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Filing and memo: Unity Software plans to lay off ~25% of its workforce, or 1,800 jobs, by the end of March 2024, its largest layoff ever and affecting all teams  —  Videogame software provider Unity Software (U.N) will target laying off approximately 25% of its workforce, or 1,800 jobs …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Axios:
Carta has decided to close its liquidity services business, which matched buyers and sellers of private company stock  —  Carta has decided to close its liquidity services business, which matched buyers and sellers of private company stock, Axios has learned. … - Carta was most recently valued at $8.5 billion.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Volkswagen plans to integrate ChatGPT into its cars to control basic functions and answer “general knowledge questions”, starting in Europe in Q2 2024  —  Volkswagen is jumping on the generative AI bandwagon by announcing plans to install OpenAI's ChatGPT into its vehicles starting in the second quarter of 2024.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Sony teases a “spatial” VR headset designed for 3D content creation with 4K OLED microdisplays and powered by Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2, available later in 2024  —  The company showed off the headset along with a unique pair of controllers today during a presentation at CES 2024.
Wes Davis / The Verge:
The Wi-Fi Alliance begins certifying devices with Wi-Fi 7, which could offer big speed and efficiency gains over Wi-Fi 6 in phones, laptops, and routers in 2024  —  The Wi-Fi Alliance is now officially certifying devices that support Wi-Fi 7, the next generation of wireless home internet.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Intel announces new Core 14th Gen chips, including the HX-series for high-end laptops and 18 chips for desktops, and the new Series 1 for thin-and-light PCs  —  Some are 14th-gen Core and some are Core (Series 1), but they're the same thing.  —  Intel usually uses CES to fill …
Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Elliott Management has built a ~$1B stake in Match Group and plans to push the online dating company to take steps to boost its languishing stock  —  Activist has roughly $1 billion stake and intends to meet with Match to discuss ways to improve online dating company's performance
More: Bustle and Bloomberg
Jane Zhang / Bloomberg:
Filing: JD-backed Dada Nexus is investigating “suspicious practices”, including a ~$140M overstatement of revenue and costs in 2023, triggering a 46% stock dive  —  - Dada discloses it may have overstated both revenue and cost  — The company is one of JD's faster-growing subsidiaries
Josh Ye / Reuters:
ByteDance says it is in talks with multiple prospective buyers, including Tencent, to sell its Nuverse gaming unit as part of a plan to exit the gaming industry  —  TikTok owner ByteDance said on Tuesday it is in talks with multiple prospective buyers of its gaming assets …
Bloomberg:
Duolingo cuts ~10% of its contractors, partly attributing the move to its use of more generative AI to create app content  —  About 10% of contractors were “offboarded,” a company spokesperson said Monday.  “We just no longer need as many people to do the type of work some of these contractors were doing.
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Twilio co-founder Jeff Lawson steps down as CEO and from the company board, replaced by Khozema Shipchandler, amid slow growth and activist investor pressure  —  Lawson will be replaced by Khozema Shipchandler, who most recently led the communication business unit, Twilio said in a statement Monday.

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