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February 13, 2024, 1:40 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft plans to launch select Xbox games on the PS5 and Switch, starting with Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, and Sea of Thieves, a seismic strategy shift  —  With rumors of some Xbox games coming to PS5 and Switch, Microsoft gets ready to lay out its vision for the future of Xbox.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans an Xbox business update event on February 15 at 12PM PT, delivered via a podcast hosted by Xbox's Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty  —  After weeks of rumors of Xbox exclusives coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch, Microsoft is now planning to discuss its vision for the future of Xbox at an event later this week.
Samuel Stolton / Bloomberg:
The EU ends its DMA investigation into iMessage and Microsoft Bing, Edge, and Advertising, deciding not to regulate the services due to their lack of dominance  —  - Services not dominant enough to face Digital Markets Act … A probe concluded that the services don't hold a dominant enough position …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia releases an early version of Chat with RTX, an app that lets users run an AI chatbot on a PC powered by an RTX 30- or 40-series GPU with 8GB+ of VRAM  —  Nvidia is releasing an early version of Chat with RTX today, a demo app that lets you run a personal AI chatbot on your PC.
Rebekah Valentine / IGN:
Interviews with 40+ developers detail the reasoning behind layoffs in gaming, including high costs, growing risks, and executives with little regard for staff  —  An estimated 10,000 game workers lost their jobs in 2023 alone.  —  In August of last year, Ascendant Studios developer Aaron …
Lucas Ropek / Gizmodo:
Flipper Devices, which makes the Flipper Zero multi-tool device, announces a new $49 Video Game Module, powered by a Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller  —  The creators behind the popular Flipper device have teamed up with Raspberry Pi to expand its capabilities.
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Sierra, an enterprise-focused conversational AI startup from Bret Taylor and Clay Bavor, launches with $110M in fundraising led by Sequoia Capital and Benchmark  —  Bret Taylor, right, launches Sierra, a conversational AI platform for businesses, with former Google executive Clay Bavor, left.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
US court notice: the sentencing of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao for money laundering has been postponed until April 30, 2024; CZ is free on a $175M release bond  —  - The sentencing of former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao on a money laundering rule charge has been postponed until April 30, a notice in Seattle federal court shows.
MK Manoylov / The Block:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Proofpoint: unknown hackers are targeting hundreds of Azure accounts, some belonging to senior executives, to steal sensitive data and financial assets  —  The wide range of employee roles targeted indicates attacker's multifaceted approach.  —  Hundreds of Microsoft Azure accounts …
Zachary Small / New York Times:
GLAAD releases its first gaming industry survey, with 1,500 participants: <2% of console video games include LGBTQ characters, 17% of gamers are queer, and more  —  In its first survey of the video game industry, the advocacy group GLAAD determined that few console games include queer characters.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Shopify reports Q4 revenue up 24% YoY to $2.1B, above $2.08B est., and Gross Merchandise Volume up 23% YoY to $75.1B, above $71.6B est.; SHOP drops 10%+  —  - Fourth-quarter sales and profit beat analysts' estimates  — Company earlier this month raised prices it charges merchants
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
A researcher finds a bug in fertility tracking app Glow's online forum that exposed the personal data of ~25M users; fixing the bug took Glow about a week  —  A bug in the online forum for the fertility tracking app Glow exposed the personal data of around 25 million users, according to a security researcher.
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Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Internet infrastructure startup Meter raised a $35M Series B extension at, a source says, a $350M+ valuation led by Sam Altman and Lachy Groom  —  Meter, led by brothers Anil and Sunil Varanasi, has raised $35 million at a valuation of more than $350 million to bring networking tech into the AI age.
Rachel Phua / Bloomberg:

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