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February 25, 2024, 2:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has considered a fitness ring, smart glasses, and adding cameras and more advanced AI to AirPods, but is not actively developing these devices  —  Apple has explored the idea of developing new wearable devices — including a fitness ring, smart glasses and even AirPods with cameras …
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Many redditors say they are not enthusiastic about Reddit's IPO and expect CEO Steve Huffman to run the site into the ground while trying to make it profitable  —  There's the mention of r/WallStreetBets.  (Five mentions in total, actually.)  There's the stockpile it's amassed of Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Xiaomi launches Xiaomi 14 Ultra with a 6.73" LTPO 120Hz display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and 50MP camera with a 1-inch-type Sony LYT-900 sensor, starting at €1,499  —  Xiaomi is using MWC to launch two of its flagships for a global audience — though not including the US, as usual.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Honor announces global availability of Magic 6 Pro with a 6.8" 120Hz OLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and 5,600mAh battery, set to retail for €1,299 in Europe  —  A month and a half after debuting the Magic 6 Pro in China, Honor is announcing global availability of its latest flagship at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
What to expect at MWC 2024: smartphone launches from Xiaomi and others, OnePlus Watch 2, Brain.ai's “app-less phone” and other experimental concepts, and more  —  Without looking up any leaks or rumors, I'd bet that you could probably sketch most of the phones rumored to be launching at Mobile World Congress next week.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Filing: Google said Microsoft offered to sell Bing to Apple in 2018, but Eddy Cue said Microsoft had search quality issues and was investing less than Google  —  - In 2018, Microsoft offered to sell Apple its Bing search engine or start a Bing joint venture, Google said in a newly unsealed filing.
David Jeans / Forbes:
In a letter to Elon Musk, Rep. Mike Gallagher says SpaceX may be in breach of DOD contracts after sources say Starshield is inactive around Taiwan for US troops  —  Rep. Mike Gallagher, who led a delegation to Taiwan this week, said in a letter to Musk that SpaceX could possibly be in breach of its …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
PermitFlow, which develops end-to-end workflow and automation software for construction permitting, raised a $31M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins  —  Kleiner Perkins led the Series A, which came just over a year after seed round  —  Anyone who has ever tried to build or renovate a house knows …

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