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🍎 Apple's Vision Pro faces major production cuts
🇯🇵 Japan teams up with EU to lead in AI and chips
🐦 TweetDeck struggles amidst Twitter's rate-limiting saga
🔒 Zuckerberg's attempts to re-enter China hindered by past criticisms
🚀 FAA grants airworthiness certificate to flying car prototype

🍎 Apple's Vision Pro faces major production cutsLINK

  • Apple is reportedly cutting production targets for its $3,500 "Vision Pro" mixed-reality headset due to manufacturing challenges associated with its complex design.
  • The production issues have led to a delay in the development of a cheaper version of the headset and reduced initial sales expectations from one million units to between 130,000 to 150,000 units in its first year.
  • Despite being critical to Apple's long-term plans, the Vision Pro was met with skepticism due to its high price, bulky design, lack of a significant launch application, and limited battery life.
  • 🇯🇵 Japan teams up with EU to lead in AI and chipsLINK

  • The European Union plans to enhance its cooperation with Japan in key technology sectors including artificial intelligence, in an effort to reduce its reliance on China.
  • An EU-Japan Digital Partnership council will be established, focusing on areas such as quantum and high-performance computing, mirroring a similar council formed with South Korea last week.
  • The EU and Japan will also cooperate in the semiconductor industry, a critical supply chain sector, following the Japanese government-backed fund's proposed acquisition of domestic chipmaking firm JSR.
  • 🐦 TweetDeck struggles amidst Twitter's rate-limiting sagaLINK

  • Elon Musk has implemented read limits on Twitter to prevent data scraping, causing notable problems for TweetDeck users, including the failure of notifications and columns to load.
  • Musk initially set read limits to 6,000 daily posts for verified users and 600 for unverified users, later increasing these limits to 10,000 and 1,000 tweets respectively.
  • Twitter's attempts to disallow data scraping have also included restrictions on viewing tweets without a login, affecting user experience and leading to users quickly reaching rate limits, even those who are "verified".
  • 🔒 Zuckerberg's attempts to re-enter China hindered by past criticismsLINK

  • Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook, is reportedly pushing to sell its Quest headsets in China, with discussions underway with several Chinese tech companies, including gaming giant Tencent.
  • The move faces challenges as Meta's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is perceived as unfriendly towards China, which could affect the acquisition of necessary licenses and approvals in the country.
  • Another concern is how Meta's content will be rolled out in China, likely siloed from its global offerings due to censorship rules, along with concerns over operational issues like the handling of user data.
  • 🚀 FAA grants airworthiness certificate to flying car prototypeLINK

  • Alef Automotive, a California startup, has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for testing its "Model A" vehicle, a fully electric vehicle that can both fly and travel on roads.
  • The Model A, which is capable of vertical takeoff and landing, has a road-range of 200 miles and a flying range of 110 miles, with a selling price expected to be around $300,000, and the first delivery projected for the end of 2025.
  • While it has been granted FAA certification, the vehicle still requires approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for road usage and it is designated as a "low speed vehicle", meaning it cannot exceed 25 miles per hour on a paved road.
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    Rivian delivered 12,640 EVs in Q2, nearly tripling its output from last year, while also exceeding production expectations and maintaining 50,000 annual guidance.LINK

    Blue Origin plans to expand operations internationally, seeking a site for a new launch facility and potential acquisitions outside the US.LINK

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