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January 25, 2024, 8:20 AM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Pixel users say they are not able to access data stored in internal storage across all apps after installing the January 2024 Google Play system update  —  Following a storage access issue in October with the initial Android 14 release and multiple users, Pixel devices might …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches Mesh, its immersive 3D meeting platform in Teams, out of preview, with custom environments, games, and more; Mesh only supports Meta Quest  —  Microsoft is launching its immersive 3D meetings inside Microsoft Teams today.  Microsoft Mesh, the company's mixed reality platform …
Bloomberg:
Filing: HPE says a group believed to be Russia-linked Midnight Blizzard exfiltrated data from “a small percentage of HPE mailboxes” beginning in May 2023  —  - HPE says it was informed of nation-state breach on Dec. 12  — Same Russia-linked group suspected in recent Microsoft hack
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Ring is sunsetting a tool that lets police request footage from users via its Neighbors app, forcing law enforcement to obtain warrants or evidence of emergency  —  - Move dials back company's longtime public-safety stance  — Law enforcement will now have to seek warrants for video
Ryan Vlastelica / Bloomberg:
Microsoft briefly reached a $3T market cap for the first time on January 24, becoming the second company to do so after Apple, before closing at a record $2.99T  —  - Software giant is second company to hit level, following Apple  — AI services are seen as a long-term revenue growth tailwind
IDC:
Chinese smartphone shipments declined 5% YoY to 271.3M units in 2023; in a first, Apple gained the top spot with a 17.3% share, followed by Honor with 17.1%  —  A shift of power that we saw on the worldwide stage also happened in China, the largest smartphone market globally.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
IBM reports Q4 revenue up 4% YoY to $17.38B, vs. $17.30B est., software revenue up 3% YoY to $7.51B, and net income of $3.29B, up from $2.71B YoY; IBM jumps 8%+  —  - IBM surpassed estimates on the top and bottom lines and ended 2023 with more free cash flow than it had projected.
Alberto Nardelli / Bloomberg:
Russian customs service data: Russia imported $1B+ of advanced US and European chips between January and September 2023, including Intel, AMD, and NXP chips  —  - Customs data show Russia imported chips made in US, EU in 2023  — Re-exports from third countries weaken sanctions on Russia
Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
An investigation details a spy tool called Patternz, which can track billions of phone profiles via ads in hundreds of thousands of apps, including 9gag and Kik  —  A wide-spanning investigation by 404 Media reveals more details about a secretive spy tool that can tracks billions …
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Sources: research group China Tech Threat, which has advocated against Lenovo, aligns with the corporate interests of Dell and Micron, both long-term funders  —  China Tech Threat's advocacy aligns with the corporate interests of Dell and Micron, which have supported the group financially, say people familiar with the group.
Heather Somerville / Wall Street Journal:
VCs put $100B+ in US defense tech startups since 2021, but convincing the Pentagon to buy from them has proven difficult; only a few had $25M+ in orders in FY23  —  Tech startups get cool reception from Defense Department despite its rhetoric that it will buy more from Silicon Valley
Apoorva Mittal / The Economic Times:
Indian cricket NFT startup Rario plans to close on January 29 and relaunch in March 2024, leaving users with losses; Rario raised a $120M Series A in April 2022  —  Dream Sports-backed Rario in an X post on Tuesday night said it will shut its current product effective January 29 and relaunch …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia's RTX GPUs can now upgrade SDR video to HDR using AI, supported in both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome on Windows PCs with HDR enabled  —  Nvidia is launching a new feature for all RTX GPU owners today: RTX Video HDR. … You just need an HDR10-compatible monitor with HDR enabled in Windows.

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