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January 18, 2024, 2:10 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 with pulse oximetry will be banned in the US again from Jan. 18, after an appeals court denied Apple's request to pause the ban  —  The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 with blood oxygen features will be banned from being sold in the United States again …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans to sell the Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 without the blood oxygen feature online starting 6am PT on January 18 and in Apple Stores on the same day  —  Earlier today, a US appeals court rejected Apple's request to pause the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 ban as the company appeals …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Samsung's Galaxy S24 lineup includes Google's AI models Gemini Pro, for Notes, Voice Recorder, and Keyboard apps, and Gemini Nano, for Google Messages and more  —  Gemini, Google's cutting-edge generative AI model family, is coming to Samsung's new flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S24.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung announces the Galaxy S24 Ultra, with a new titanium finish, a 6.8" 1440p display, a 50-megapixel camera with 5x zoom, shipping on January 31 from $1,299  —  For several years running, Samsung's S-series Ultra has been that device, and the company is going just as big with the Ultra for 2024.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google introduces Circle to Search, a set of new gestures for searching from anywhere on Android, available on Galaxy S24 devices and Google's Pixel 8 and 8 Pro  —  Alongside Samsung's launch event today, Google announced a new way to search on Android phones dubbed “Circle to Search.”
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Android Auto will soon reflect the design elements, like wallpaper and icons, of Samsung Galaxy phones, and offer AI chat summaries, relevant replies, and more  —  Amidst the flurry of Galaxy S24 announcements, Google also announced a handful of new AI features for Android Auto.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Samsung on YouTube:
A recording of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked “Galaxy AI is coming” event at the SAP Center in San Jose, California  —  #GalaxyAI is coming.Join us at #SamsungUnpacked, on January 17, 2024.To view the YouTube streams on a desktop or laptop computer you'll need:  • Most recent ve...
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix is not planning to launch a native Apple Vision Pro app or allow its iPad app on the platform, and says users can watch Netflix on the web browser  —  Netflix Inc. isn't planning to launch an app for Apple Inc.'s upcoming Vision Pro headset, marking a high-profile snub of the new technology …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg plans to leave Meta's board of directors and become an informal advisor to the company in May 2024  —  Former Meta chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg plans to leave Meta's board of directors, Axios has learned.  She will become an informal adviser to the company in May.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
SEC v. Coinbase: in an opening hearing, Coinbase says that buying crypto on an exchange is more like collecting Beanie Babies than investing in a stock or bond  —  - Exchange compares tokens to plush toys to oppose regulation  — Courts are divided on whether crypto sales are securities
Jon Keegan / The Markup:
A Consumer Reports study involving 709 volunteers: a total of 186,892 companies shared the volunteers' data with Facebook, averaging 2,230 companies per person  —  A new study looks at who is sending information about your online activity to Facebook … By now most internet users know their online activity is constantly tracked.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Notion debuts Notion Calendar, a free app for macOS, Windows, iOS, and the web, with optional Notion integration, after acquiring calendar app Cron in June 2022  —  Does the world need more calendar apps?  That's the first question that came to my mind when I heard that Notion …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google plans to tweak search results to give comparison websites more prominence, including a new unit of links for such websites, to comply with the EU's DMA  —  Google will tweak online search results to give comparison sites more prominence, the company said in a blogpost on Wednesday …
BBC:
Fujitsu says it has a “moral obligation” to compensate hundreds of UK postal employees wrongly prosecuted from 1999 to 2015 due to bugs in its Horizon software  —  Watch: Fujitsu ‘truly sorry’ for role in Post Office prosecutions  —  Fujitsu Europe's boss has admitted the firm has a …
Siobhan Roberts / New York Times:
Google DeepMind details AlphaGeometry, created by AI researcher Trieu Trinh and others to solve Olympiad geometry problems at nearly a human gold medalist level  —  Watch out, nerdy high schoolers, AlphaGeometry is coming for your mathematical lunch.  —  For four years, the computer scientist …
Abigail Summerville / Reuters:
LiveRamp, which helps match up customer datasets for brands and advertisers, agrees to acquire marketing data startup Habu for ~$200M in cash and stock  —  , a software company which helps match up customer datasets for brands, advertisers and retailers, told Reuters on Wednesday it has agreed …

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