January 20, 2024, 12:50 AM

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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
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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Sources: Elon Musk's xAI secured $500M in commitments out of $1B and is aiming for a $15B to $20B valuation; source: X investors are invited to invest in xAI  —  - Grok maker aims for valuation of at least $15 billion  — Investors in X, formerly Twitter, getting priority in round
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
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Dave Mills, who created the Network Time Protocol in 1985 to synchronize time across different computer systems and networks, died at age 85 on January 17  —  Dave Mills created NTP, the protocol that holds the temporal Internet together, in 1985.  —  On Thursday, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf announced …
Theo Wayt / The Information:
Flexport raised $260M from Shopify, one of its biggest shareholders; Shopify sold its money-losing logistics unit to Flexport in exchange for equity in May 2023  —  Flexport is raising $260 million from e-commerce software giant Shopify, one of its biggest shareholders …
Joy Lo Dico / Financial Times:
How urban planners in Barcelona and others are using supercomputers and AI to create digital twins of their cities to address issues like traffic congestion  —  Digital city-building has become a legitimate part of urban planning, helping to mirror the present — and map the future
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Rabbit's R1 will use Perplexity AI's tech to answer user queries; the first 100K buyers of the $199 device get one year of Perplexity Pro, worth $200, 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 …
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.

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