January 30, 2024, 5:10 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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
A Microsoft engineer tells WA's AG he found ways to exploit DALL-E 3 to make explicit images, reported it, but was then told to take down a public post about it  —  A Microsoft AI engineering leader says he discovered vulnerabilities in OpenAI's DALL-E 3 image generator in early December allowing users …
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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.
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.
Ben Glickman / Wall Street Journal:
Filing: Dell terminates an agreement with VMware to distribute VMware's products, citing a change in control following Broadcom's $69B acquisition of VMware  —  Dell cites change in control  —  Dell Technologies terminated an agreement with VMware to distribute its products.
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Simon Sharwood / The Register:
ICANN proposes .INTERNAL, a TLD for internal use but never plumbed into the global DNS for internet access, taking on the same role as the 192.168.x.x IPv4 bloc  —  The plan is to keep the world at bay by never recording it in the DNS root - like may already do with a subdomain for an intranet

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