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February 2, 2024, 4:35 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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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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google dropped the cache link from Search results snippets last week and plans to remove the cache functionality entirely “in the near future”  —  Google officially removed the cache link from the Google Search results snippets last week and Google confirmed that it will remove …
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Tim Cook says that Apple is spending “a tremendous amount of time and effort” on AI features and the company plans to detail its ongoing work “later this year”  —  Tim Cook says that Apple is spending “a tremendous amount of time and effort” on AI features that will be announced in the coming months.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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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.
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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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.
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
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
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Hands-on with Perplexity and the $20-per-month Perplexity Pro tier, which show that AI-powered search engines could loosen Google's grip on the search market  —  A start-up called Perplexity shows what's possible for a search engine built from scratch with artificial intelligence.
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Former CIA employee Joshua Schulte, who was convicted for leaking secrets to WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on February 1 for espionage and more  —  A former CIA software engineer who was convicted of carrying out the largest data breach in the agency's history was sentenced …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: some independent record labels are pushing back on Apple's plans to pay more for spatial audio tracks, saying it benefits larger record companies  —  Groups behind Adele and Phoebe Bridgers among those against songs recorded in higher-quality audio receiving more money
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