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January 9, 2024, 3:35 PM

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Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
X suspended several podcasters and journalists, including The Intercept's Ken Klippenstein and Texas Observer's Steven Monacelli, with little to no explanation  —  Elon Musk's “free speech” social media platform banned a number of accounts recently critical of Israel.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Amazon announces Matter Casting, an Apple AirPlay-like feature to send videos from Android and iOS to Amazon devices, initially supporting Echo Show devices  —  Amazon.com Inc. introduced a new feature that mimics Apple Inc.'s AirPlay while working across different platforms …
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
Meta plans to start automatically restricting teen Instagram and Facebook accounts from harmful content, including posts about self-harm, in the coming weeks  —  Efforts to curb harmful material and reduce unwanted interactions with teen social-media accounts come as states sue parent company Meta
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
Nelson Aguilar / CNET:
Google and Samsung merge their respective Nearby Share and Quick Share features under the Quick Share name, for a more unified cross-Android sharing option  —  Apple has AirDrop.  Android now has Quick Share.  —  At CES 2024 today, Google announced Quick Share, a collaboration with Samsung …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
In a first, the US FTC bans the data broker X-Mode Social, now known as Outlogic, from selling phone location data and orders it to delete collected data  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has banned the data broker X-Mode Social from sharing or selling users' sensitive location data, the federal regulator said Tuesday.
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
Eric Geller / The Messenger:
Source: the US is planning rules would require hospitals impose new cybersecurity requirements to get federal funding, amid a barrage of hacks in the industry  —  The White House sees the policy as essential for patient safety.  The hospital industry has vowed to oppose it.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Microsoft finds a material that could replace ~70% of lithium in a battery, by using Azure Quantum Elements HPC resources to run simulations and AI models  —  Recently, Microsoft built a clock.  —  Well, “built” may be overstating things.  Members of the company's quantum computing team found …
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
The EU begins investigating whether Microsoft's OpenAI investment should be vetted 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
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
In November 2023, Apple challenged the EU's DMA designation of its five App Stores as a single service, iOS' interoperability, and iMessage's 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 …
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Luma, which is training AI models that can generate 3D models from text prompts, raised a $43M Series B, a source says at a valuation between $200M and $300M  —  A couple of years ago, Alex Yu and Amit Jain came together to found a company that'd let people capture objects in 3D using their smartphones …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Asus revamps the Zenbook Duo with two 14" 120Hz OLED displays and a detachable bluetooth keyboard; in the UK it will debut in late January for £1,699  —  Asus is back with another Zenbook Duo, the latest device in its range of dual-screened laptops.  But rather than including …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Sony teases a “spatial” VR headset for 3D model creation, offering 4K OLEDs, a ring and a pointer controller, and a Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2, coming later in 2024  —  The company showed off the headset along with a unique pair of controllers today during a presentation at CES 2024.
Axios:
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.
Jody Godoy / Reuters:
Netflix defeats a shareholder lawsuit claiming the company hid the impact of account sharing; NFLX fell ~50% from January to April 2022 after growth warnings  —  Netflix (NFLX.O) has defeated a lawsuit filed by shareholders in a federal court in California that accused the streaming entertainment company …

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