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July 8, 2024, 8:45 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple Watch Series 10 will be thinner and have bigger screens; main Siri upgrade will be part of iOS 18.4, with a beta in January and a spring release  —  As the Apple Watch approaches its 10th birthday, the company is preparing a big update.  Also: AirPods with cameras …
Bloomberg:
Internal memo: Microsoft tells staff in China that from September 2024 they can only use iPhones for work, including to verify identities, affecting hundreds  —  - Windows software maker is standardizing employee cybersecurity  — Company will block corporate access from Android in China
Ben Church / CNN:
A look at concerns about Saudi Arabia “sportswashing”, as the country hosts the Esports World Cup; Saudi Arabia's PIF owns some of the biggest gaming companies  —  In the heart of Saudi Arabia's capital, a seismic moment for esports is underway; one which has triggered both excitement and concern across the industry.
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:
Apple says it asked Epic to fix the buttons in a future version of the Epic Games Store submitted for review; Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says Epic will “fight this”  —  Mere hours after reports circulated that Apple had declined to approve the Epic Games Store for iOS in the EU …
Joel Khalili / Wired:
Mt. Gox starts repaying its customers, who will receive only ~15% of their lost bitcoin, which are now worth many times more than their total 2014 holdings  —  Former customers of bankrupt crypto exchange Mt. Gox are preparing to be reunited with their lost bitcoin—and it's a $9 billion windfall.
Heekyong Yang / Reuters:
The National Samsung Electronics Union goes on a three-day strike for better pay; analysts say the strike is unlikely to have an impact due to low participation  —  Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) workers in South Korea began a three-day strike for better pay on Monday …
Michelle Hampson / IEEE Spectrum:
Julian Chokkattu / Wired:
Nothing unveils the $199 CMF Phone 1, with swappable parts, a 6.67" display, MediaTek SoC, and Nothing OS, alongside the $69 CMF Watch Pro 2 and $59 Buds Pro 2  —  Nothing's sub-brand is bringing its first phone to the US—the $199 CMF Phone 1—along with the Watch Pro 2 and Buds Pro 2.
Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
New York-based Hebbia, which uses AI to help companies sift through documents, raised $130M led by a16z, a source says at a ~$700M post-money valuation  —  Company's technology helps businesses sift through regulatory filings, PDFs and other documents.  —  Hebbia, a startup using artificial …
Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
ElevenLabs launches Voice Isolator, a freemium AI tool for removing background noise from audio files for film, podcast, and interview post production  —  ElevenLabs, the AI voice startup known for its voice cloning, text-to-speech and speech-to-speech models, has just added another tool to its product portfolio: an AI Voice Isolator.

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