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November 4, 2021, 8:00 PM

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AnandTech:
Review of Intel's ~$650 flagship i9-12900K Alder Lake CPU, which performs close to AMD's 5950X and 5900X depending on workloads, while adding DDR5 support  —  Today marks the official retail availability of Intel's 12th Generation Core processors, starting with the overclockable versions this side of the New Year, and the rest in 2022.
Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
Google says it will let Android app developers use alternative billing systems in the Google Play store in South Korea, complying with a new law  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google said it will add the option for developers to offer alternative billing systems on its Android app store in South Korea …
Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Nintendo president says he doesn't “see a sign of the component shortages recovering” as the company cuts Switch sales target for FY 2021 from 25.5M to 24M  —  - Company upgrades operating profit outlook citing FX rates  — Sustaining sales momentum will depend heavily on OLED model
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T and Verizon postpone the December 5 launch of C-band 5G spectrum to address the FAA's concerns of potential interference with cockpit safety systems  —  Wireless carriers postpone planned Dec. 5 launch of new spectrum to address concerns about potential interference with cockpit safety systems
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft warns Windows 11 users that features, including the Snipping Tool, touch keyboard, and emoji panel, aren't loading due to an expired certificate  —  Snipping Tool, the emoji picker, and other parts of Windows 11 are breaking  —  Microsoft has started warning Windows 11 users …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Tanya Klich / Forbes:
Babylist, which operates an e-commerce and content hub for new parents, raises a $40M Series C led by Norwest, says revenue will reach $250M this year  —  Babylist, the decade-old registry platform that also operates as an e-commerce and content hub for new parents, just announced …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mythical Games, which is developing a game platform with “playable NFTs”, raises $150M led by a16z at a $1.25B valuation, four months after raising $75M  —  Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10.  Learn more about what comes next.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta announces new tools for Facebook Group admins, including paid subgroups, the ability to create community fundraisers and shops, and more  —  At its Facebook Communities Summit today, the social networking giant announced a series of updates and new tools for managing Facebook Groups …
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
Game studio Faraway raises a $21M Series A led by Lightspeed and FTX, plans to use the Solana blockchain in its most popular title Mini Royale  —  FTX and Lightspeed Venture Partners have led a $21 million Series A funding round for gaming studio Faraway.  —  Faraway said in a press release Thursday …
James Batchelor / GamesIndustry.biz:
US-based game publisher Devolver Digital raises around $261M in a London IPO, at a valuation of about $950M  —  Fall Guys publisher is biggest US firm to trade on AIM, Sony Interactive Entertainment makes 5% investment in Devolver  —  Devolver Digital has begun trading on AIM …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Instagram brings back support for Twitter Card previews after removing the feature in 2012  —  Instagram is bringing back support for Twitter Card previews starting today.  Now when users share an Instagram link on Twitter, a preview of the post will be shown in the tweet.
Leo Schwartz / Rest of World:
Q&A with digital rights advocate Luis Fernando García on a biometric ID system in Mexico and why agencies like World Bank fund such systems in the Global South  —  Digital rights activist Luis Fernando García on the weaponization of personal data and why international agencies …
Biz Carson / Protocol:
PitchBook: female-founded startups raised a record $40.4B across 2,661 VC deals in the first three quarters of 2021 with a $59 billion all-time high in exits  —  The pandemic took a toll on female founders in 2020: Funding to their companies fell 3% even in a bullish startup climate that saw overall venture funding rise by 16%.
Kolawole Samuel Adebayo / VentureBeat:
Treasure Data, which offers an enterprise customer data platform, raises $234M led by SoftBank  —  Mountain View-based enterprise customer data platform (CDP) Treasure Data has just received a $234 million funding in what the company calls the largest-ever single round for a CDP.
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Google strikes a cloud deal with CME and invests $1B in the futures exchange  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google has invested $1 billion in futures-exchange giant CME Group Inc. and struck a deal to move the company's core trading systems to the cloud.  —  Under the deal, the technology giant's Google Cloud unit …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Internal documents shed light on Facebook's “holdout” experiments, where it withholds certain protections from a subset of users to see how they will react  —  In her testimony before Congress last month, whistleblower Frances Haugen told lawmakers Facebook has conducted experiments …

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