January 9, 2024, 10:05 AM

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Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to offer customers demos of the Apple 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.
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.
Mia Sato / The Verge:
How the internet reshaped itself around Google's search algorithms, including via 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
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:
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
Carta plans to close its liquidity services business, which matched private company stock buyers and sellers, as people will “worry 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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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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