January 29, 2024, 8:05 AM

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David Pierce / The Verge:
The Browser Company releases Arc Search, a new iOS app that takes a user's search query, browses the web, and builds a custom webpage to answer the query  —  A few minutes ago, I opened the new Arc Search app and typed, “What happened in the Chiefs game.”  That game, the AFC Championship, had just wrapped up.
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta is optimistic Vision Pro can reinvigorate its $50B metaverse effort, with the Quest ecosystem filling the role played by Android in smartphones  —  Company executives are optimistic about competition as billions spent have yet to translate into wide consumer adoption
Will Knight / Wired:
The Biden admin plans to use the Defense Production Act to require companies to inform the Commerce Department when they start training high-powered AI models  —  The Biden administration is using the Defense Production Act to require companies to inform the Commerce Department when they start training high-powered AI algorithms.
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
A look at Warner Bros. Discovery's push to expand its gaming division with live services and mobile games, by leveraging its franchises like Game of Thrones  —  David Zaslav's most critical mission is leading Warner Bros. Discovery through the streaming wars.
Sources: Reddit is targeting a valuation “in the mid-single-digit billions” for its planned IPO in March 2024, after raising funds at a $10B valuation in 2021  —  - Firm, advisers considering figure after early investor talks  — Private trades value social media company below $5 billion
Alex Fitzpatrick / Axios:
The New York Times says users played its puzzles and games more than 8B times in 2023, led by Wordle with 4.8B plays, and the NYT Games app had 10M downloads  —  The New York Times' puzzle and games were played more than 8 billion times last year, the company tells Axios exclusively …
The US ODNI appointed cyber expert Jason Barrett in October 2023 to help the intel community harness open-source intel, an area US agencies have struggled with  —  Scouring open-source intelligence may not have the same cachet as undercover work, but it's become a new priority for the US intelligence agencies.
Oliver Haslam / iMore:
Apple updates Shazam to add support for identifying songs from other apps while listening via wired or Bluetooth headphones  —  Apple's Shazam is now better than ever.  —  Shazam has long been the go-to app for people who want to know what song they're listening to but now it's better than ever thanks to a new version 17.3 update.
More: MacRumors, BGR, and Wired
Steven Sinofsky / Hardcore Software:
Apple has handled its response, including its proposed App Store changes, to the EU's DMA with aplomb, despite the law being an assault on Apple's brand promise  —  An essay on the EU Digital Markets Act and Apple's “Update on apps distributed in the European Union” (and some personal history)
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