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January 17, 2024, 6:50 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple revises its US App Store rules to let developers link to outside payment methods, but will charge a 27% commission, or 12% for small business developers  —  In light of the US Supreme Court denying to hear Apple's appeal in its legal battle with Epic Games, Apple has announced a handful …
Bloomberg:
Engadget:
Apple Vision Pro hands-on: eye and hand tracking are very accurate, but typing is frustrating, the killer app is watching movies, can feel heavy after 15+ min  —  We got hands-on with the device once more before its official launch, with some new features available to test this time.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
FCC filings seem to indicate Apple Vision Pro will not support Ultra Wideband, Wi-Fi 6E, or Wi-Fi 7  —  If you were hoping for Ultra Wideband and Wi-Fi 6E or 7 chips in Apple Vision Pro, well, those are very specific expectations.  Also, Apple Vision Pro appears to lack those chips, based on the official FCC filing from today.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
A study monitoring product review queries on Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo for a year suggests that search engines are losing the cat-and-mouse game of SEO spam  —  “The majority of high-ranking product reviews in the result pages of commercial search engines use affiliate marketing …
Wired:
Researchers describe a GPU memory vulnerability that allows attackers to exfiltrate data from some devices with Apple, Qualcomm, Intel, and other chips  —  Patching every device affected by the LeftoverLocals vulnerability—which includes some iPhones, iPads, and Macs—may prove difficult.
Sander Lutz / Decrypt:
The US Treasury and IRS say they are not enforcing a rule requiring businesses to report the receipt of digital assets worth $10K+ within 15 days of receipt  —  The tax law would require business-related crypto transactions over $10,000 to be reported like cash, but it's not quite ready yet.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Magic Leap's CEO and CTO talk about the future of the company, as a filing shows Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has invested $590M in debt funding  —  Magic Leap announced in a filing that Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has poured another $590 million in debt funding into the mixed reality headset maker.
Bloomberg:
Filing: Kazakhstan-based mobile app provider Kaspi.kz's CEO and other shareholders plan to sell 9M shares for $873M; Kaspi.kz's Super App had 13.5M MAUs in 2023  —  At current prices, the shares would be valued at $873 million, according to the company's filing Tuesday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Nick Huber / Financial Times:
Omdia: the healthcare sector suffered more cyberattacks than any other sector between January and September 2023, with 241 publicly disclosed attacks  —  The vast amount of information held by health services makes them a prime target for cyber criminals  —  An increase in cyber attacks …

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