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February 2, 2024, 3:55 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.”
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 …
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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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.
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 awaits formal approval of EU Parliament  —  The bloc's law to regulate AI overcomes threats of late opposition.  —  Free article usually reserved for subscribers
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify signs a new multiyear deal with Joe Rogan, estimated to be worth $250M; his show will be available on multiple podcast platforms and YouTube  —  Hit show to be distributed broadly, including on YouTube, rather than exclusively on audio-streaming service
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 …
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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