January 12, 2024, 6:45 PM

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Kevin Systrom / Artifact News:
Kevin Systrom says news sharing app Artifact will shut down after concluding that “the market opportunity isn't big enough to warrant continued investment”  —  To our Artifact Users and Partners:  —  We've made the decision to wind down operations of the Artifact app.
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.
Belle Lin / Wall Street Journal:
A joint US-China research effort finds that graphene can act as a semiconductor, but experts say graphene chips face immense manufacturing hurdles  —  Amid global race for semiconductor supremacy, a joint U.S.-China research effort finds promise in the material, although the path to large-scale production is years away.
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 …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
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.
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.
Ben Cox / Ben's Blog:
An analysis of fediverse backend hosting providers finds Germany-based Hetzner hosts 51% of the network by number of active users, followed by France-based OVH  —  Spurred on by the problems at Twitter, a lot of my social media timeline has “moved out” of Twitter/"X" on to what people mostly describe as mastodon or the “fediverse”.
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
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Cal Henderson, Slack's CTO and sole remaining cofounder, is stepping down effective immediately, to be replaced by Salesforce cofounder and CTO Parker Harris  —  Slack cofounder Cal Henderson is leaving the Salesforce-owned company  —  The cofounder and CTO of Slack is leaving the company Fortune …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Google plans to support more types of real-money games on the Play Store, starting with India, Brazil, and Mexico in June 2024, in compliance with local laws  —  Google announced today that the company plans to support more real-money games (RMG) on the Play Store this year by allowing …

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