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January 30, 2024, 12:50 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple Vision Pro review: marvelous display, great hand and eye tracking, and works seamlessly in the ecosystem, but pricey and video passthrough can be blurry  —  The Apple Vision Pro is the best consumer headset anyone's ever made — and that's the problem.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Source: Apple has sold upwards of 200K Vision Pro units, after beginning to accept Vision Pro pre-orders on January 19; Kuo estimated 160K to 180K on January 22  —  Apple has sold upwards of 200,000 Vision Pro headsets, MacRumors has learned from a source with knowledge of Apple's sales numbers.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Elon Musk says that Neuralink implanted its first device in a human on January 28, and its product, Telepathy, will enable control of a user's phone or computer  —  - Elon Musk's neurotech startup Neuralink implanted its device in a human for the first time on Sunday, and the patient is “recovering well,” according to a post on X.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Edge automatically imports open Chrome tabs after a Windows update, even with Edge's import tool disabled; users have reported the behavior for months  —  Last week, I turned on my PC, installed a Windows update, and rebooted to find Microsoft Edge automatically open with the Chrome tabs I was working on before the update.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Portal, a startup building a BTC-based cross-chain decentralized exchange and wallet, raised a $34M seed from Coinbase and others, for a $42.5M total in funding  —  - Portal has raised $34 million in a seed funding round from Coinbase Ventures, OKX Ventures and others.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
The US DOJ and SEC file charges over HyperFund, an alleged $1.9B crypto scheme that collapsed in 2022, saying “the level of alleged fraud here is staggering”  —  - The Department of Justice announced criminal charges against two people and the guilty plea of a third person …
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
German police seize nearly 50K bitcoin, worth ~$2.17B, from two suspects who allegedly acquired the bitcoin with profits from an illegal file-sharing platform  —  German prosecutors provisionally seized nearly 50,000 Bitcoin worth about $2.1 billion as part of an investigation into what they see as an illegal file-sharing platform.
Wall Street Journal:
X lifted its ban on Taylor Swift searches on January 29, but “will continue to be vigilant”, following the spread of explicit AI-generated images of the singer  —  Social-media site restricted queries for the singer's name after the digitally altered images hit the platform
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Memo: TechCrunch plans to wind down TC+, its paid subscription product launched in 2019 as ExtraCrunch, and lays off ~8 employees, amid media industry-wide cuts  —  The Yahoo-owned publisher first launched TC+ in 2019  —  Technology publisher TechCrunch laid off around eight staff members Monday …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox President Sarah Bond says that “Apple's new policy is a step in the wrong direction”, in response to an X post by Spotify's CEO about Apple's DMA changes  —  Apple's new plan to comply with the European Union's tech regulations has already drawn criticism from Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and Spotify.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
After a months-long probe, Italy's data protection authority says OpenAI is suspected of violating EU privacy regulations, giving the company 30 days to respond  —  OpenAI has been told it's suspected of violating European Union privacy, following a multi-month investigation of its AI chatbot …

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