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February 1, 2024, 7:30 AM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple releases visionOS 1.0.2, fixing a WebKit vulnerability that, if exploited, allowed malicious code execution; Apple patched the bug in iOS 17.3 last week  —  A day after reporters published their first hands-on review of Apple's Vision Pro, the technology giant released its first security patch …
Jesse Hamilton / CoinDesk:
Celsius emerges from bankruptcy and plans to distribute $3B+ to its creditors, who will also get a stake in the company's new Ionic Digital mining operation  —  The distribution will be made through PayPal and Coinbase.  —  Register Now  —  Celsius will be shipping out more than $3 billion …
Washington Post:
A recap of the US Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on kids' online safety, with testimony from the CEOs of Meta, TikTok, X, Snap, and Discord  —  The chief executives of five major tech companies are testifying Wednesday about allegations they failed to protect children from abuse on their platforms …
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
UMG begins pulling its artists' music from TikTok after contract talks failed; videos featuring UMG artists will be muted and users can pick a new soundtrack  —  - Publisher behind Drake and Taylor Swift pushes for better pay  — Videos featuring Universal Music-owned songs will be muted
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Email to subscribers: Hulu changed its agreement to ban sharing accounts outside of the user's household “unless otherwise permitted by your Service Tier”  —  The Disney-owned streaming service changed its subscriber agreement to ban sharing of accounts outside of individual households.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Microsoft says Pocket Pair's Palworld, still technically in early access, is the biggest third-party Xbox Game Pass launch in history, reaching 7M players  —  Surprise viral gaming hit Palworld continues to reach new player milestones.  Today, developer Pocketpair announced that the game …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
After Amazon ended its acquisition, iRobot, whose market share has been steadily eroding since 2014, could quickly become an also-ran in the robot vacuum market  —  By abandoning its deal to buy iRobot, Amazon has left the robot vacuum maker stuck under the couch.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
An interview with Unity Chief Product and Technology Officer Marc Whitten, as the company launches official support to build spatial apps for Apple's visionOS  —  Unity has unveiled its support for spatial experiences including support for the Apple Vision Pro that launches on February 2.
Jeffrey Gottfried / Pew Research Center:
US adults survey: 83% use YouTube, 68% use Facebook, 47% use Instagram; 27% to 35% use Snapchat, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Pinterest; 22% use X and Reddit  —  YouTube and Facebook are by far the most used online platforms among U.S. adults; TikTok's user base has grown since 2021
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says that Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Loop, and Copilot features will be available on Apple Vision Pro at launch on February 2  —  Microsoft is launching a suite of its Microsoft 365 apps on Apple's Vision Pro headset later this week.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Qualcomm reports Q1 adjusted revenue up 5% YoY to $9.92B, vs. $9.51B est., handset chip sales up 16% YoY to $6.69B, and net income up 24% YoY to $2.77B  —  - Qualcomm beat on revenue and earnings in the quarter.  — The company said it shipped $6.69 billion in handset chips during the December quarter …
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI says GPT-4 poses “at most” a slight risk of helping people create biological threats, per the company's early tests to evaluate “catastrophic” LLM risks  —  Artificial intelligence startup carried out tests as part of efforts to understand and prevent any “catastrophic” risks from its technology.
Hideaki Ryugen / Nikkei Asia:
MediaTek reports Q4 revenue up 19.7% YoY to $4.1B and net profit up 38.9% YoY to $820M, posting its first YoY increases in revenue and profit in five quarters  —  CEO says generative AI is creating a bigger market for high-end phones  —  MediaTek designs chips for smartphone manufacturers such as China's Xiaomi and Oppo.
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