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February 2, 2024, 9:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple starts selling the Vision Pro in the US; Tim Cook compares Vision Pro debut to the birth of Mac, iPod, and iPhone in a memo to employees  —  Apple Inc. faithful lined up at its US stores on Friday to pick up the first Vision Pro headsets, ushering in what the company calls “the era of spatial computing.”
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Interviews with Disney executives about Apple Vision Pro, how the device is changing the studio's production pipelines, future plans for the device, and more  —  Years in the works, the new Disney+ app has an immersive new twist.  But the company sees it as one small step into a new entertainment medium with rich possibilities.
James Fanelli / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in January, the US DOJ charged three people over a phone-hacking scheme that included the FTX hack to steal $400M+ during the exchange's 2022 collapse  —  The hack coincided with the crypto exchange's meltdown more than a year ago  —  Federal investigators appear to have cracked …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify and Joe Rogan sign a new multiyear deal, estimated to be worth $250M; Rogan's show will be available across podcast platforms and as videos on YouTube  —  Hit show to be distributed broadly, including on YouTube, rather than exclusively on audio-streaming service
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
The US Treasury sanctions six Iranian government officials for their role in targeting devices at a Pennsylvania water utility in November 2023  —  The Iranian attack targeted a device manufactured by an Israeli company.  —  The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions …
Subrat Patnaik / Bloomberg:
Meta's stock rises 20%+, adding ~$200B to its market cap, the biggest single-session market value addition, eclipsing Apple's and Amazon's $190B gains in 2022  —  - Stock also holds record for the biggest wipeout in history  — Shares surge after big earnings beat, buyback, dividend plans
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Gian Volpicelli / Politico:
EU countries strike a deal on the AI Act, after announcing pro-innovation measures and an AI Office; the bill still needs the EU Parliament's formal approval  —  The bloc's law to regulate AI overcomes threats of late opposition.  —  Free article usually reserved for subscribers
Patricia Hernandez / The Guardian:
A profile of Gary Bowser, a 54-year-old programmer who served 14 months in prison in 2022 and 2023 for pirating games and was ordered to pay $14.5M to Nintendo  —  The hacker whose involvement with anti-piracy software ended in a jail sentence has emerged from prison struggling to make rent as he starts paying his fine.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
On Apple's Q1 earnings call, CFO Luca Maestri said that the EU represents “roughly 7% of our global app store revenue”  —  Nearly a week after Apple announced big changes to the App Store because of the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) rules, the company …
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
How the EFF, Techdirt, MuckRock, and DDoSecrets are pushing back against legal threats aimed at censoring their reports on Appin's alleged hacker-for-hire past  —  A loose coalition of anti-censorship voices is working to highlight the legal threats aimed at making reports of one Indian company's hacker-for-hire past disappear.
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