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January 22, 2024, 6:40 PM

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Ming-Chi Kuo:
Apple sold an estimated 160K to 180K Vision Pro units during the first pre-order weekend; unchanged shipping times after 48 hours suggest demand has tapered off  —  Conclusion: The immediate sold-out when pre-orders opened confirms earlier predictions.  However, the inability to sustain …
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
Sources: FTX sold 22M Grayscale Bitcoin Trust shares, worth nearly $1B, explaining the outflows after the US SEC approved 11 ETFs and BTC's price tumbling since  —  BTC's price has fallen since bitcoin ETFs were approved.  In theory, now that FTX is done selling its substantial holdings …
Julia Love / Bloomberg:
Source: Alphabet's moonshot X lab is restructuring to make it easier to spin out projects as startups; sources say the unit is laying off dozens of employees  —  - X is the brainchild of Google founders Brin and Page  — Google's job cuts are part of a broader cost-efficiency push
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Apple releases iOS 17.3, which adds a Stolen Device Protection feature, Apple Music collaborative playlists, support for streaming to more hotel TVs, and more  —  iOS 17.3 is out, and it comes with a new security feature that's supposed to prevent thieves from taking your iPhone and quickly taking …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Meta plans to let EU users unlink their Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as other Meta services, ahead of the EU's DMA taking effect in March 2024  —  EU users will be able to unlink their Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as other Meta services ahead of the bloc's new Digital Markets Act …
NBC News:
Following complaints and a recording, New Hampshire's AG probes fake Joe Biden robocalls, apparently artificially generated, that tell Democrats not to vote  —  The call, an apparent imitation or digital manipulation of the president's voice, says, “Voting this Tuesday only enables the Republicans …
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
Some current and former employees publicly blast Google, criticizing its lack of “visionary” leaders, choice not to deliver layoff news face-to-face, and more  —  Angry Googlers are finished being nice.  —  Current and former employees of the tech behemoth took to LinkedIn …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
ElevenLabs, which uses AI tools to create and edit synthetic voices, raised an $80M Series B co-led by a16z, Nat Friedman, and Daniel Gross at a $1B+ valuation  —  There's a lot of money in voice cloning.  —  Case in point: ElevenLabs, a startup developing AI-powered tools to create …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
The US SEC says the January 9 hack of its X account was via a SIM swap attack to reset its password; it had disabled 2FA in July 2023 over account access issues  —  - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that a SIM swap attack was to blame for the breach of its official account on X …

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