January 18, 2024, 11:25 AM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's seeming sense of entitlement to commissions from third-party iOS apps shows a confrontational stance, instead of seeking to lessen regulatory pressure  —  That take didn't last long. … Sweeney's description makes it sound as though Apple is demanding its commission from all web sales …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
The US will ban the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 with pulse oximetry again from January 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 at 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 …
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Google's TAG says Russia-linked hacking group Cold River is ramping up its activity and using new tactics, like data-stealing malware, to cause more disruption  —  Google researchers say they have evidence that a notorious Russian-linked hacking group — tracked as “Cold River” …
Sheila Chiang / CNBC:
TSMC reports Q4 revenue down 1.5% YoY to ~$19.62B and net income down 19.3% YoY to ~$7.56B, both above estimates on the back of weaker macroeconomic conditions  —  - TSMC reported fourth-quarter revenue slipped 1.5% from a year ago to NT$625.53 billion, while net income dropped 19.3% from a year ago to NT$238.71 billion.
Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
The EU Council and Parliament reach a provisional deal on the Anti-Money Laundering Regulation, which will force all crypto companies to run user due diligence  —  Crypto firms have to do checks on transactions of 1,000 euro or more, and the framework adds measures to mitigate risks in transfers with self-hosted wallets.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix is not planning to launch a native Apple Vision Pro app or support its iPad app on the AR/VR platform, and says users can watch Netflix in the browser  —  Netflix Inc. isn't planning to launch an app for Apple Inc.'s upcoming Vision Pro headset, marking a high-profile snub …
Jon Keegan / The Markup:
A Consumer Reports study involving 709 volunteers: 186,892 companies had sent data about the volunteers to Facebook, or an average of 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.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Have I Been Pwned adds almost 71M email addresses tied to stolen accounts from the Naz.API dataset, which allegedly contains 1B+ lines of stolen credentials  —  Have I Been Pwned has added almost 71 million email addresses associated with stolen accounts in the Naz.API dataset to its data breach notification service.
Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
Google News surfaces sites that use AI to rip-off other outlets and churn out content; Google says it doesn't focus on whether articles are by humans or AI  —  404 Media reviewed multiple examples of AI rip-offs making their way into Google News.  Google said it doesn't focus on how an article was produced …
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg plans to leave Meta's board and become an informal advisor to the company in May 2024; Sandberg left Meta in September 2022  —  Former Meta chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg plans to leave Meta's board of directors, Axios has learned.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
TikTok details its plans for the 2024 US elections, including a ban on political ads, work with fact-checking organizations, and reports on influence campaigns  —  Its approach hasn't changed much from 2022.  —  TikTok has shared more about its plans to fight misinformation ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
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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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