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February 3, 2024, 11:15 PM

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Charlie Sorrel / iFixit News:
Apple Vision Pro teardown: not great repairability-wise, an unforgivable proprietary battery plug, and a lenticular lens layer that makes EyeSight look blurry  —  The strangest thing about the Vision Pro is also the thing that makes it most uniquely Apple: it's got a big shiny bubble glass front …
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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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.
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.
Pkl Blog:
Apple open sources Pkl, a configuration-as-code language with rich validation and tooling, with Swift, Go, Java, and Kotlin integration  —  We are delighted to announce the open source first release of Pkl (pronounced Pickle), a programming language for producing configuration.
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.
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.
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