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January 30, 2024, 6:10 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.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple's visionOS doesn't let users rearrange icons or pin web apps to the home screen, which is particularly limiting given Netflix and YouTube don't offer apps  —  In addition to not letting you rearrange home screen icons, visionOS 1.0 also doesn't support the ability to pin web apps to the home screen.
Alphabet:
Alphabet reports Q4 revenue rose 13% YoY to $86B, net income rose 52% to $20.7B, Google Cloud revenue rose 26% to $9.2B, and headcount dropped 4%+ to 182,502  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - January 30, 2024 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports Q2 revenue up 18% YoY to $62B, net income up 33% YoY to $21.9B, Office Commercial revenue up 15% YoY, and LinkedIn revenue up 9% YoY  —  REDMOND, Wash. — January 30, 2024 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 …
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Paige Smith / Bloomberg:
In a letter to employees, PayPal says it plans to lay off around 2,500 employees, or about 9% of its workforce, and will cut back on open roles  —  - CEO Alex Chriss has vowed to improve operating leverage  — Latest round of cuts will affect about 9% of the workforce
Sam Kessler / CoinDesk:
Block begins layoffs under a previously disclosed plan to cut staff by up to 10%, by imposing an “absolute cap” of a 12,000 headcount, which was 13,000 in Q3'23  —  The company plans to drastically reduce its headcount throughout 2024 through a series of layoffs and reorganizing measures.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says Apple Card now has 12M+ US users, over 1M are sharing their card via Apple Card Family, and users earned $1B+ in Daily Cash rewards in 2023  —  Apple Card has over 12 million users in the United States, Apple said today.  Apple Card holders earned more than $1 billion in Daily Cash rewards in 2023.
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.
Arsheeya Bajwa / Reuters:
AMD reports Q4 revenue down 10% YoY to $6.2B, net income up 3,076% to $667M, Data Center revenue up 38% to $2.3B, and Q1 revenue forecast below estimates  —  Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.O) forecast first-quarter revenue below market estimates on Tuesday, as it grapples with uncertain demand …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
New York's AG sues Citibank over its alleged failure to defend customers from online scams, citing poor responses to potential fraud and not reimbursing victims  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Citibank over its failure to defend customers against hacks and scams and refusing …
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
German police seize nearly 50K bitcoin, worth $2B+, from two suspects who allegedly acquired the crypto using 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.
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Arlo, which offers smart home devices, raises the price of its Arlo Secure service from $5/month to $8/month for a single camera, after a price hike in 2023  —  In more “things are just getting expensive” news, the Arlo Secure subscription service is climbing.  Again.
More: TechHive and BGRForums: r/arlo
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.

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