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Today Saturday, 22nd January 2022
US court rules in favor of pharma giant Merck in a $1.4B legal dispute with insurers who claimed an “Act of War” exclusion to deny coverag Sat, 22 Jan Google files to dismiss state AGs' antitrust lawsuit and says in a blog post that allegations of ad auction collusion with Facebook are “more he Sat, 22 Jan Health monitoring startup Casana raises a $30M Series B as it gets ready to debut a smart toilet seat that measures heart rate and other vitals Sat, 22 Jan Crowdbotics, which lets users launch React Native and Django apps without having to learn code, raises a $22M combined seed and Series A Sat, 22 Jan A group of 34 QA testers at Activision Blizzard's Raven Software vote to unionize with the CWA, and ask the company to voluntarily recognize their uni Sat, 22 Jan Netflix COO says it's “open to licensing large game IP”; job listings suggest it may launch Fortnite-like live service games that are regu Sat, 22 Jan BigTime Software, which helps companies monitor and manage their finances through budgeting, tracking, and invoicing, raises $100M from Vista Equity P Sat, 22 Jan IBM to sell part of its Watson Health business, including image software offerings and extensive data sets, to PE firm Francisco Partners, sources say Sat, 22 Jan Investigation finds that Binance withheld info from regulators and maintained weak checks on customers even as it publicly welcomed regulatory oversig Sat, 22 Jan A hands-on look at a pre-release build from mid-2018 of Microsoft's canceled Andromeda OS for dual-screen devices Sat, 22 Jan The Graph Foundation, which operates a protocol for indexing and querying blockchain data, raises $50M led by Tiger Global via a sale of its The Graph Sat, 22 Jan Twitter terminated its head of security Peiter “Mudge” Zatko this week, and CISO Rinki Sethi will depart in the coming weeks; both execs j Sat, 22 Jan Intel commits $20B to build at least two semiconductor fabrication plants on a 1,000-acre site by 2025, employing at least 3,000 people in New Albany, Sat, 22 Jan How Facebook became indispensable in Africa with its ease of access, importance to small businesses, its facilitating of community organizing, and mor Sat, 22 Jan Inside DARPA's Air Combat Evolution program, which aims to design AI that can fly a plane and engage in aerial combat without a human pilot Sat, 22 Jan Meta details Data2vec, a self-supervised algorithm that unifies the process of training a neural network to learn the same across speech, images, and Sat, 22 Jan Analysis: many right-wing personalities saw their followers surge on sites like Telegram, Gab, and Gettr after the January 6 riot, but growth has sinc Fri, 21 Jan DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman is leaving Google to join Greylock Partners; Suleyman was stripped of some duties in 2019 for allegedly bullying Fri, 21 Jan Apple releases iOS 15.3 RC and macOS Monterey 12.2 RC to fix Safari 15's IndexedDB API, which leaked users' browser history and Google ID to other sit Fri, 21 Jan Prophecy, which lets data engineers build workflows by switching between a visual interface and a code editor, raises a $25M Series A led by Insight P Fri, 21 Jan The US Federal Reserve releases its long-awaited report on a digital dollar but doesn't take a position on issuing one, and seeks public feedback for Fri, 21 Jan Netflix reports Q4 revenue of $7.71B, up 16% YoY, net income of $607M, 222M paid subscribers, and $30B in 2021 revenue, up 19%; stock down 15%+ on wea Fri, 21 Jan The Senate Judiciary votes 16-6 to advance the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which would stop platforms from favoring their products over Fri, 21 Jan Apple names longtime company spokesperson Kristin Huguet as VP of worldwide communications, replacing Stella Low, who is leaving after joining Apple i Fri, 21 Jan Several services that rely on OpenSea's APIs, including Twitter and MetaMask, are having trouble displaying NFTs as the marketplace suffers a “d Fri, 21 Jan Twitter will let iOS users of its Blue subscription service use NFTs as their profile pictures Fri, 21 Jan Mercedes-Benz will use Luminar's lidar tech in future vehicles as part of a deal that includes data sharing and the automaker taking a small stake in Fri, 21 Jan Current and former members of Google's site reliability group Borg SRE say managers, including the team's leader Pierre Aubert, fostered a toxic envir Fri, 21 Jan Sources: TikTok ousted its marketing chief Nick Tran after he went “rogue” with plans like TikTok Kitchen, NFTs by Lil Nas X and others, a Fri, 21 Jan Meta launches gamified activities on Messenger Kids to help kids learn how to safely use the internet, developed with guidance from online safety expe Fri, 21 Jan

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