February 12, 2024, 8:25 PM

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Rachel Phua / Bloomberg:
Temu bought six Super Bowl ad slots, likely for tens of millions of dollars, to boost US growth; its US observed sales fell 12.5% MoM in Dec. and 4.8% in Jan.  —  - Observed sales and users fell month-on-month in Dec. and Jan.  — Chinese e-commerce app offers users $10 million in giveaways
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta begins testing “today's topics” on Threads in the US, surfaced in the app on the Search page and in the For You feed, that can feature political content  —  After acknowledging last week that Meta's X competitor Threads would not actively recommend political content …
John Archer / Forbes:
Amazon's Prime Video basic ad tier, which began on Jan. 29 in the US as a downgrade to subscribers, quietly cut Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound support  —  Amazon AMZN caused a furor recently when it announced that it was introducing advertisements right across its Prime Video streaming service.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Appfigures data: 52% of Vision Pro-only apps are paid downloads, vs. 5% of apps in the wider App Store, with an average price of $5.67  —  Apple's Vision Pro offers consumers a new way to interact with apps via spatial computing, but it also offers app developers a way to generate revenue without subscriptions.
Brandon Vigliarolo / The Register:
Cloudflare defeats another “patent troll”, invalidating parts of Sable Networks' patents after crowd-sourcing prior art findings through Project Jengo  —  The bounty payouts may be high, but Project Jengo doesn't miss  —  When it comes to defeating patent trolls with crowd-sourced prior art …
More: The Cloudflare Blog and WebProNews
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Nvidia announces a $625 Nvidia RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU, with 1.5x to 3x more performance than the previous gen and 16GB of GDDR6 ECC memory, up from 12GB  —  NVIDIA RTX 2000 ADA announced: AD107 GPU, 16GB VRAM and no power connector required  —  NVIDIA formally introduces another low-profile workstation GPU with Ada architecture
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
How the US plans to use open radio access networks, or Open RAN, to unseat Huawei's lead in telecom tech, including committing $1.5B+ to bolster global adoption  —  The Biden administration has committed more than $1.5 billion to try to persuade the world to use a technology …
Michelle F Davis / Bloomberg:
ContextLogic agrees to sell the discount online retailer Wish for $173M to Singaporean company Qoo10; Wish had a $14B valuation when it when public in 2020  —  The parent of discount online retailer Wish has agreed to sell its assets and liabilities for $173 million to Singaporean e-commerce company Qoo10.
Ben Hall / Financial Times:
Ukraine's GUR military intelligence unit says Russian forces are using Starlink terminals on the front line, confirming media reports of Russia using Starlink  —  Adoption of satellite internet service by Moscow's troops ‘systemic’  —  Russian forces are using Starlink terminals on the front line …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
A US federal judge blocks the enforcement of an Ohio law that would require children under 16 to get parental consent to use social media apps  —  A federal judge on Monday prevented Ohio from implementing a new law that requires social media companies, including Meta Platform's (META.O) …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with the US DOJ's Jonathan Kanter on the Antitrust Division, its Google search monopolization and ad tech cases, media consolidation, the EU's DMA, and more  —  The assistant attorney general says “the resonance these issues have is something that I've never witnessed in my lifetime.”

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