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January 9, 2024, 8:50 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.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
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:
Bloomberg:
Beijing's judicial bureau says a state-backed institution cracked Apple's AirDrop to identify message senders, and police found multiple suspects via the method  —  - Beijing agency claims to have found way to identify senders  — Declaration follows efforts to crack down on sensitive content
Mia Sato / The Verge:
How the internet reshaped itself around Google's algorithms, including by using SEO tricks, and the company's role in many websites now using similar designs  —  How the internet reshaped itself around Google's search algorithms — and into a world where websites look the same.  —  Animations by Richard Parry
Axios:
Carta plans to close its liquidity services business, which matched buyers and sellers of private company stock, citing concerns “that we are using the data”  —  Carta has decided to close its liquidity services business, which matched buyers and sellers of private company stock, Axios has learned.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: HPE is in advanced talks to buy Juniper Networks for about $13B, in a deal that could be announced as soon as this week  —  Deal could be unveiled this week, valuing Juniper at roughly $13 billion  —  Hewlett Packard Enterprise is in advanced talks to buy Juniper Networks for about $13 billion …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
In a November 2023 appeal, Apple objected to EU's DMA designation of all App Stores as a single service, iOS interoperability, and iMessage NIICS designation  —  Apple (AAPL.O) has challenged EU tech rules designating its five App Stores as a single core platform service subject to onerous obligations …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Intel announces new Core 14th Gen chips, including the HX-series for high-end laptops, 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 out the processor lineups …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
TikTok restricts Creative Center, used by advertisers to track hashtags, after critics used the tool to scrutinize content on the Israel-Hamas war and more  —  People and groups had harnessed the tool to scrutinize content on the site related to the Israel-Hamas war and other topics.
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
The EU begins investigating whether Microsoft's OpenAI investment is reviewable under its rules, and asks for feedback on generative AI and virtual worlds  —  - EU watchdog follows UK regulator in weighing a probe  — Move comes after furore over firing and rehiring of Sam Altman
Olaf Storbeck / Financial Times:
Berlin-based Robinhood rival Trade Republic reported a “solid double-digit million euro” net profit in the year to September, a first, up from a €145M loss YoY  —  Berlin-based start-up hails results as proof of business model, even as it forecasts return to losses

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