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January 16, 2024, 4:35 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Filing: as part of the Masimo patent fight, the US CBP decides that Apple can avoid a ban and sell the Watch Series 9 by removing its pulse oximetry features  —  The U.S. Customs agency has handed down its decision on whether Apple's proposed redesign of the Apple Watch Series 9 …
OpenAI:
OpenAI shares its plans ahead of 2024 elections, including image provenance tools and not letting users make tools for impersonation or political campaigning  —  We're working to prevent abuse, provide transparency on AI-generated content, and improve access to accurate voting information.  —  Authors
Edwin Chan / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk says he would rather build AI products outside of Tesla if he doesn't have ~25% voting control in the company; Musk currently owns 12%+ of Tesla  —  - The billionaire says he would be comfortable owning about 25%  — Musk is grappling with investor dissatisfaction at Tesla
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft debuts Copilot Pro for $20/month/user, offering access to the latest models and features, including custom Copilot GPTs and integration into Office  —  Copilot Pro, the most advanced and fastest version of Copilot, has been released today by Microsoft.
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Gurman: Apple prepares to split its App Store in two to serve the EU, as the deadline for the DMA, which mandates sideloading support, looms on March 7  —  Apple is preparing to split the App Store “in two” in the coming weeks ahead of European Union requirements that will force Apple …
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
HashKey, which runs a licensed Hong Kong crypto exchange, raised a ~$100M Series A at a $1.2B+ valuation; sources say OKX Ventures is among the lead investors  —  - The company says its valuation now exceeds $1.2 billion  — HashKey operates a licensed Hong Kong crypto exchange
Dan Primack / Axios:
Uber shuts down alcohol delivery service Drizly, which had operated “independently within the Uber family” since its $1.1B acquisition three years ago  —  Uber has decided to shutter Drizly, an alcohol delivery service it bought three years ago for $1.1 billion, Axios has learned.
Wall Street Journal:
John Deere plans to use SpaceX's Starlink service to provide satellite internet connections for tractors, harvesters, and other equipment in remote areas  —  Farm machinery maker hires SpaceX's Starlink service to provide satellite internet connections for tractors, harvesters and crop sprayers in remote areas
Scott Chipolina / Financial Times:
A UN report says Tether's token is one of the leading payment methods for money launderers and fraudsters, including pig butchering scams, in Southeast Asia  —  Digital currency at the heart of scams including fake romance frauds known as ‘pig butchering’, report says

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