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February 6, 2024, 11:20 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple tells Vision Pro users who forget their passcode to bring the device to a store or mail the device to AppleCare customer support to reset the device  —  Buyers of Apple Inc.'s new Vision Pro headset are finding it can be a major hassle if they lose their passcode.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Bluesky CEO Jay Graber says the social network, launched on iOS in February 2023, is now open to the public, has 3M+ users, and plans to add developers tools  —  The upstart social network has been by invitation only since its launch last year  —  When Jack Dorsey, then Twitter's CEO …
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Google's TAG publishes a report on commercial spyware, detailing ~40 vendors, and says global governments should take more aggressive steps to combat spyware  —  The commercial spyware industry continues to supply highly advanced surveillance capabilities despite efforts to better regulate it.
Sam Sabin / Axios:
The US State Department announces a new policy allowing “the imposition of visa restrictions on individuals involved in the misuse of commercial spyware”  —  - The visa restrictions would prevent those who have profited from or facilitated the misuse of commercial spyware from traveling to the U.S., the official added.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta proposes standards to identify AI content that its industry peers could use, and plans to label AI images posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads  —  The social network wants to promote standardized labels to help detect artificially created photo, video and audio material across its platforms.
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Nintendo reports Q3 net sales down 6% YoY to ~$4B, net profit up 18% YoY to ~$919M, and forecasts 15.5M Switch sales in the current fiscal year, up from 15M YoY  —  - Nintendo said it now expects to sell 15.5 million of its flagship Switch consoles in its current fiscal year, upping a previous forecast.
Qianer Liu / Financial Times:
Sources: SMIC plans to use its stock of US and Dutch-made equipment to build 5nm Kirin chips designed by Huawei's HiSilicon for smartphones, despite US curbs  —  SMIC and Huawei plan to make new 5nm processor, supporting Beijing's goal for advanced semiconductors
Josh Ye / Reuters:
Sources: Tencent plans to adapt acclaimed role-playing console game Elden Ring into a mobile version, after acquiring licensing rights from FromSoftware in 2022  —  China's Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) has been working to adapt acclaimed action role-playing console game “Elden Ring” …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer announces an event next week to share “our vision for the future of Xbox”, amid rumors that Xbox exclusives are coming to PS5  —  Details of Microsoft's multi-platform plans have been gradually leaking, with The Verge revealing over the weekend …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q4 revenue up 16% YoY to €3.7B, MAUs up 23% YoY to 602M, subscribers up 15% YoY to 236M, a €75M operating loss, and expects 618M MAUs in Q1 2024  —  - Spotify posts second-largest gain ever for the quarter  — Company has been cutting costs in drive to become profitable
James Hunt / The Block:
Solana suffers a major outage, lasting for over two hours, and says validators should prepare for a network restart, the first big outage since February 2023  —  - Solana has confirmed an outage on its mainnet, with engineers across the ecosystem currently investigating.
Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Roblox rolls out real-time AI chat translations, with support for 16 languages, built on an LLM trained on open-source and internal Roblox data  —  Works in 16 languages  —  Metaverse platform Roblox is bringing a new AI translation tool online for its millions of users around the world …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The UK government plans to spend £100M+ to support AI innovation and regulation, including to launch nine research hubs and to help regulators address AI risks  —  The UK government is finally publishing its response to an AI regulation consultation it kicked off last March …
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
Google agrees to pay $350M to settle a lawsuit over a Google+ security lapse that exposed personal data; people who bought stock in 2018-2019 can get a share  —  Individual Google shareholders may be eligible to apply for some of the money  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google agreed to pay $350 million …

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