January 19, 2024, 8:20 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple opens pre-orders for the Vision Pro, which has an M2 chip with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, 16GB of memory, and 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options  —  Apple today finally shared additional tech specs for its Vision Pro headset following the start of pre-orders in the United States.
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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases Vision Pro accessories, including a travel case, a battery pack, and a Light Seal, all for $199 each, and Solo Knit and Dual Loop bands for $99  —  Apple Vision Pro is now available for pre-order, and so are lots of accessories for Apple's first spatial computer.  The price for most things?
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Microsoft says Russia-linked group Midnight Blizzard hacked some employee emails beginning in November 2023; the same group breached SolarWinds as early as 2019  —  - Nation-state spies previously conducted cyber-espionage on US  — Targeted breaches hit Microsoft executives, cyber team
Sources: Sam Altman has held talks to raise billions, including $8B to $10B from Abu Dhabi-based G42, to set up a network of factories to manufacture chips  —  - Push reflects concern about potential semiconductor shortage  — Project would involve working with major chipmaking companies
Piotr Lipinski / Reuters:
The EU Commission is seeking feedback on concessions Apple offered, including opening its Tap to Pay tech to third-party wallets for 10 years, to settle a probe  —  The European Commission is seeking feedback from rivals and customers on concessions Apple (AAPL.O) offered …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
X rolls out audio and video calling to Android, after launching on iOS in October 2023; all users can receive calls, but only Premium subscribers can place them  —  Elon Musk's own social network X is rolling out the ability to make audio and video calls directly from the app to its Android client.
Theo Wayt / The Information:
Flexport raised $260M from Shopify, one of its biggest shareholders; Shopify sold its logistics business to Flexport in exchange for equity in 2023  —  Flexport is raising $260 million from e-commerce software giant Shopify, one of its biggest shareholders, according to two people with direct knowledge …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Rabbit's $199 AI device R1 will use Perplexity AI's tech to answer user queries; the first 100,000 R1 buyers will get one year of Perplexity Pro for free  —  One of the standout gadgets of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the rabbit r1, will use Perplexity AI's tech to answer user queries …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Author Rie Kudan, this year's winner of Japan's prestigious Akutagawa Prize, reveals that ~5% of her book “quoted verbatim the sentences generated by” ChatGPT  —  One of the judges praised her winning book as being “flawless.”  —  At an award ceremony for one of Japan's …

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