January 12, 2024, 1:40 PM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Platformer is leaving Substack and migrating to Ghost, saying the outlet doesn't believe Substack will publicly commit to proactively removing pro-Nazi material  —  After much consideration, we have decided to move Platformer off of Substack.  Over the next few days, the publication …
Security researchers say they warned Apple as early as 2019 about AirDrop vulnerabilities that Chinese authorities claim they recently used to identify users  —  Editor's Note: Sign up for CNN's Meanwhile in China newsletter, which explores what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says pre-ordering the Vision Pro requires an iPhone or an iPad with Face ID to perform a scan to help determine the right size Light Seal and head bands  —  Apple Vision Pro pre-orders are a week away, and Apple is sharing new information about the buying process.
Leo Schwartz / Fortune:
Genesis agrees to settle with the NYDFS, under the terms of which the company will surrender its BitLicense, cease operations in New York, and pay an $8M fine  —  The New York Department of Financial Services plans to announce later today a settlement with Genesis Global Trading …
Tom Coates /
Notes on Meta's plans to integrate Threads with the fediverse, which, at least superficially, the company seems to be trying to do cautiously and in good faith  —  This is an exceptionally long post detailing pretty much everything I learned at an event shortly before Christmas at Meta's offices in San Francisco.
LSEG: US bitcoin ETFs saw $4.6B worth of shares traded on January 11, their first day of trading; Grayscale, BlackRock, and Fidelity dominated trading volumes  —  U.S.-listed bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) saw $4.6 billion worth of shares trade hands as of Thursday afternoon …
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Marissa Newman / Bloomberg:
Palantir EVP Josh Harris says Palantir and Israel agreed to a strategic partnership to use “Palantir's advanced technology in support of war-related missions”  —  - US company will provide services for ‘war-related missions’  — Agreement follows co-founders' visit to Israel this week
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Jon Victor / The Information:
Alphabet Workers Union says Google's January 10 layoffs impacted 1,000+ people, the largest cut since January 2023; filings: 703 were laid off in California  —  A spokesman for a union representing workers at Google's owner, Alphabet, said Wednesday's layoffs at Google impacted more than 1,000 people …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
A look at CD Projekt's three-year journey to turn around Cyberpunk 2077, which has now sold over 25M units and won a major award, after a disastrous 2020 launch  —  Roughly three years after a disastrous launch, ‘Cyberpunk 2077,’ a videogame featuring Keanu Reeves, has now sold 25 million units and won a major award

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