February 12, 2024, 5:45 PM

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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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta begins testing “top 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.
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 …
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
How the US plans to use open radio access networks, or Open RAN, to displace Huawei's networking tech, including allocating $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 …
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
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.”
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases visionOS 1.0.3, the first update since the Vision Pro launch, adding an option to reset the device if the passcode has been forgotten  —  Apple today released a visionOS 1.0.3 update for the Vision Pro headset, marking the first update that Apple has provided since the device launched.

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