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February 3, 2024, 6:25 PM

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David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
The rise and fall of Ben Armstrong, aka BitBoy, who was one of the most popular crypto YouTubers, lost much of his wealth, and now faces personal turmoil  —  Ben Armstrong, better known as BitBoy, was once the most popular cryptocurrency YouTuber in the world.  Now his empire has collapsed.
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
A changelog for Bard shows Google plans to rename Bard as Gemini, with an Advanced tier and an Android app  —  Google Bard is in for a big shakeup in the next few days, as an early changelog reveals that the “Gemini” rebrand is coming next week with a new Android app and more.
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Interview with Phil Schiller about Apple's efforts to minimize potential risks that third-party app stores, mandated by EU's DMA, may expose iPhone users to  —  Third-party app stores will soon appear on the iPhone in the EU.  That's good for small companies, but it could be terrible for consumers.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Remote desktop software maker AnyDesk says it has suffered a cyberattack recently; source: hackers stole source code and private code signing keys  —  AnyDesk confirmed today that it suffered a recent cyberattack that allowed hackers to gain access to the company's production systems.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Meta's Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) lab, which is responsible for Llama, is made up largely of women; sources say ~60% of FAIR's leadership team are women  —  In the high stakes, brutally competitive AI race, Mark Zuckerberg's Meta has been an outlier.  While most of the big foundation …
Reuters:
Nayib Bukele doubles down on BTC despite El Salvador's economic woes and IMF asking for BTC's removal as legal tender; 88% of citizens didn't use BTC in 2023  —  James and Nicki Malcolm moved to El Salvador from New Zealand to be part of a bitcoin dream sold by President Nayib Bukele in 2021 …

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