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April 23, 2024, 1:10 AM

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Scott Stein / CNET:
Meta opens up its VR OS called Horizon OS to third parties and says Asus and Lenovo are both planning Meta Horizon OS-compatible headsets  —  Meta's Horizon OS, as it's now called, will bring Quest-alikes: Asus, Lenovo, and even an Xbox variant are coming.  Here's what to expect.
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James Rundle / Wall Street Journal:
Source: UnitedHealth's Change Healthcare was compromised on February 12, nine days before the ransomware attack; the company paid a ransom to the hackers  —  UnitedHealth Group paid ransom to hackers, person familiar with the cyber investigation said  —  's Change Healthcare unit …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Newsletter service Ghost says it plans to add ActivityPub support in 2024; rival service Buttondown also plans ActivityPub support  —  Interoperable social media is having a real moment  —  Open platforms keep gaining support out there — newsletter platform Ghost just published what amounts …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon ends drone deliveries in Lockeford, California, which began in 2022, and plans to expand them to Tolleson, Arizona, in 2024 and other US regions in 2025  —  An Amazon delivery drone is on display at Amazon's BOS27 Robotics Innovation Hub in Westborough, Massachusetts, on Nov. 10, 2022.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The EU opens another TikTok probe and will assess whether TikTok Lite's design, which financially rewards users for watching or liking videos, is “addictive”  —  The European Union has opened a second formal investigation into TikTok, announcing Monday that it suspects …
Christopher Jungstedt / Bloomberg:
Swedish game developer Embracer Group plans to split into three publicly traded companies, focused on tabletop, indie, and AAA games; EMBRAC-B closes up 8.61%  —  - Embracer shareholders to get stock in new firms as dividend  — Includes €900 million refinancing and new ownership structure
Rohan Goswami / CNBC:
Cloud data management company Informatica says it is not currently in talks to be acquired, after Salesforce's reported interest in a ~$10B deal; INFA falls 8%+  —  Amit Walia, CEO, Informatica at the New York Stock Exchange, October 27, 2021.  —  Enterprise data management company Informatica …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
HR software company Rippling announces a $200M Series F led by Coatue at a $13.5B valuation, up from $11.25B in March 2023, and a separate $590M tender offer  —  Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that the workforce management software outfit Rippling was on the cusp of closing a new …
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Researchers: files on a misconfigured North Korean server suggest local animators worked on upcoming Prime Video and Max TV shows, possibly via a Chinese front  —  Thousands of exposed files on a misconfigured North Korean server hint at one way the reclusive country may evade international sanctions.
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Nominal, which offers tools for data analysis, testing, and more to startups building advanced hardware like drones, emerges from stealth with $27.5M in funding  —  - Lux Capital, General Catalyst, Founders Fund among investors  — Software platform aims to assist new manufacturing companies
Akila Quinio / Financial Times:
Revolut plans ad sales push, expects to derive a “proper chunk” of its revenue from targeted ads, and hires a former TikTok executive to lead its media strategy  —  The London-based fintech has hired a TikTok executive to lead a ‘media strategy’ as it seeks to diversify revenues
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
UK-based users sue Grindr in the UK for allegedly sharing personal data, such as their HIV status, with ad companies like Localytics from May 2018 to April 2020  —  - LGBTQ+ dating app accused of breaking data protection laws  — Grindr was previously fined $6 million in Norway over breaches

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