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February 1, 2023, 5:00 PM

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CNBC:
Meta reports $727M Reality Labs revenue in Q4, vs. $715.1M est., a $4.28B operating loss, vs. $4.36B est., a $13.72B loss in 2022, and expects a wider 2023 loss  —  - Meta's Reality Labs unit recorded a $4.28 billion loss in the fourth quarter, bringing its total operating loss for the year to $13.72 billion.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung debuts the $1,200+ Galaxy S23 Ultra, similar to the S22 Ultra but with a 200MP camera, more robust optical image stabilization, and better battery life  —  The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is an S22 Ultra with an extra layer of polish — figuratively speaking.
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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
OpenAI launches ChatGPT Plus, a pilot plan with access in peak times, faster response times, and priority access to new features, in the US for $20 per month  —  Aiming to monetize what's become a viral phenomenon, OpenAI today launched a new pilot subscription plan for ChatGPT …
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Sources: Microsoft plans to update Bing with OpenAI's GPT-4, a faster and richer version of ChatGPT, in the coming weeks; OpenAI plans to launch a ChatGPT app  —  Microsoft's second-place search engine Bing is poised to incorporate a faster and richer version of ChatGPT, known as GPT-4 …
David Satin / The Streamable:
Netflix details its password sharing rules; the company won't block “trusted devices” that connect to the “primary location” Wi-Fi at least once every 31 days  —  After months of warning subscribers that anti-password sharing measures were coming to Netflix, the company appears to be finally set to unleash them.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix adds spatial audio to its $20 per month Premium plan, available on 700+ of its most-watched titles; Standard and Basic plans will get limited support  —  Listen to this: Netflix is hoping audiophiles will upgrade to the $20-per-month Premium tier to gain access to the streamer's full collection …
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
Sources: a US judge denies the FTC's bid for a preliminary injunction to block Meta's Within acquisition and gives the agency a week to decide whether to appeal  —  Meta Platforms Inc. won court approval to buy virtual reality startup Within Unlimited, defeating an effort to block the deal …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel cuts employee compensation to preserve cash for a turnaround plan, including 25% for CEO Pat Gelsinger, 15% for leadership, and 5% for mid-level managers  —  Intel Corp., struggling with a rapid drop in revenue and earnings, is cutting management pay across the company to cope …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia is working on an OTA update to fix a Discord bug that slows the memory clocks by up to 200MHz on some of its GPUs, including the RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 Ti  —  Discord is slowing down graphics card memory clocks on some Nvidia GPUs.  A recent Discord update has introduced a bug that slows …
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
AMD announces its Ryzen 7000X3D pricing: 7950X3D for $699, 7900X3D for $599, both available on February 28, and 7800X3D for $449, available on April 6  —  3D V-Cache to the masses.  —  AMD announced three new Zen 4 Ryzen 7000X3D processors for its AM5 platform at CES 2023 …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Drug discount app GoodRx agrees to pay $1.5M to settle with the FTC, which said the company wrongfully gave intimate health info to Facebook, Google, and others  —  The popular drug discount app deceptively shared details on users' illnesses and medicines with ad firms, regulators said in a legal complaint.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Decentralized social network app Damus debuts on the App Store with E2EE for DMs; Damus uses the Nostr protocol, to which Jack Dorsey donated ~14 BTC in 2022  —  Another decentralized social networking application to challenge Twitter has hit the App Store.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
The UK government shares its plans to regulate crypto, including measures to strengthen rules for lending, disclosures, financial intermediaries, and custodians  —  - The U.K. laid out plan to regulate the cryptocurrency industry.  — The proposals include strengthening rules on crypto lending …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
The Biden administration's NTIA report describes Apple and Google as “gatekeepers” of mobile app stores and suggests legislation to spur competition and choice  —  A new Biden administration report describes Apple and Google as “gatekeepers” of mobile app stores and suggests legislation …
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Apple launches MLS Season Pass in 100+ territories, giving soccer fans access to all MLS matches, playoffs, Leagues Cup, and more for $14.99/month or $99/year  —  Today, Apple launched MLS Season Pass in over 100 territories, giving soccer fans access to all MLS matches, Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs …
Ben Lang / Road to VR:
Meta's Ready at Dawn studio plans to close Echo VR, one of the best-rated and most popular free Quest games, after Meta layoffs, to focus on “our next project”  —  As a parting gift, players can claim lots of premium cosmetic items for free  —  The Entire VR Industry in One Little Email
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Sources and documents: Google asks employees to test potential ChatGPT competitors, including Apprentice Bard, a chatbot that uses its LaMDA conversational tech  —  - Google is testing ChatGPT-like products that use its LaMDA technology, according to sources and internal documents acquired by CNBC.
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Pakistan “degrades” Wikipedia in the country for 48 hours for not removing “sacrilegious contents” and warns of a full block if the nonprofit fails to comply  —  Pakistan has “degraded” Wikipedia in the country for 48 hours for not removing “sacrilegious contents” …
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