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January 18, 2024, 10:00 AM

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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 …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
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 …
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 …
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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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” …
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.”
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Have I Been Pwned adds ~71M email addresses of stolen accounts to its service 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.
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.
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.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Galaxy S24 Ultra hands-on: the matte titanium frame is nice, a flat display makes sense given the phone's size and S-Pen support, but it's still hefty at 233g  —  Samsung has just announced its new, more expensive Galaxy S24 Ultra.  What's new?  At a glance, not much …

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