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November 16, 2021, 10:50 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Activision CEO failed to inform the board about allegations an employee had been raped by her supervisor in 2016 and 2017, even after a settlement  —  Top executive didn't inform board of some reports, including alleged rapes; company faces multiple regulatory investigations
Shannon Liao / Washington Post:
Over 100 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday after a WSJ report, the second in four months, demanding CEO Bobby Kotick step down  —  This story has been updated from a previous version.  —  IRVINE, Calif. — Employees at beleaguered video game company Activision Blizzard walked …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Meta details a haptic glove prototype that uses air pockets to simulate touching objects in VR and has been in development for seven years  —  A new sci-fi interface for the metaverse  —  You cannot pet a dog in Meta's new, high-tech virtual reality gloves.  But researchers are getting closer.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
HaptX, a developer of haptic gloves for VR and robotics, says Meta's prototype is “substantively identical” to tech it claims to have demoed to Facebook execs  —  Meta made a big announcement Tuesday about how it hopes to bring touch to the virtual world through the use …
Sean Endicott / Windows Central:
Microsoft shifts Windows 10 from two major updates per year to one, and announces that only Windows 11 will support emulating x64 apps on ARM devices  —  You'll have to upgrade your Windows on ARM PC to use x64 emulation.  —  What you need to know  — Microsoft discussed the status of x64 emulation for Windows on ARM today.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Qualcomm says its next-gen PC CPUs will be designed by its recently acquired Nuvia team, hopes they will ship in devices in 2023 and be “M-series competitive”  —  Developed by the Nuvia team  —  Qualcomm is looking to seriously beef up its PC processors, with the company announcing plans …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix expands its Top 10 lists to display the most-viewed shows and movies, for English and non-English titles, ranked by aggregate viewing hours  —  Netflix says it's heard the complaints about how it “cherry picks” the self-reported data it releases about content viewed on its platform.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Twitter stops automatically refreshing timelines on the web with new tweets, after users complained about disappearing tweets  —  Twitter is updating its web platform to change the way users see new tweets.  The social media giant will no longer automatically refresh timelines on the web with new tweets …
Bloomberg:
Celebrity NFTs from Grimes, A$AP Rocky, John Cena, and others have dropped significantly in value, leaving some buyers with large losses  —  Tokens from Grimes and A$AP Rocky fall, leaving buyers with losses  —  Celebrities like the musician Grimes have been quick to cash in on nonfungible tokens …
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
GitHub fixes major security flaws in Node.js package manager npm that could have let attackers bypass authentication and publish versions of any package  —  The largest software registry of Node.js packages, npm, has disclosed multiple security flaws that were identified and remedied recently.
Charles Daly / Bloomberg:
Microsoft launches a new datacenter region in Sweden that runs on only renewable energy, in partnership with state-owned utility Vattenfall AB  —  - Customers for the centers include Handelsbanken, PostNord  — Facilities to use green energy supplied by utility Vattenfall
Sam Shead / CNBC:
The UK refers Nvidia's planned Arm acquisition to the CMA for a full 24-week investigation, citing antitrust and national security concerns  —  - Digital and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries ordered a “phase 2” probe into Nvidia's $40 billion bid for Arm on Tuesday.
Nicole Wetsman / The Verge:
The FDA authorizes AppliedVR's EaseVRx as a prescription VR treatment for chronic lower back pain in adults  —  It joins a handful of other digital therapeutics  —  The Food and Drug Administration authorized a virtual reality system as a prescription treatment for chronic back pain, the agency announced today.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Microsoft and Uber leave the Internet Association; Microsoft says its decision was part of a periodic review to “ensure alignment with our policy agenda”  —  Microsoft and Uber are leaving the Internet Association, a trade group that lobbies on behalf of companies in the internet and tech industry, Axios has confirmed.
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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Brave now has a built-in cryptocurrency wallet, sidestepping the need for extension-based wallets like MetaMask  —  Why use an extension when it's a built-in tool?  —  Brave has announced that its web browser now includes a native cryptocurrency wallet, replacing the previous one that was based on the MetaMask wallet extension.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
A look at Meta's attempts to decrease info sharing internally, especially for its research and Integrity divisions, some worry at the expense of product safety  —  Last month, a researcher for Meta prepared a talk for colleagues that they knew would hit close to home.
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
As some Twitter users mock NFTs and Web3 believers retaliate, a16z, Meta, and others are investing in the crypto industry to remake the internet in their image  —  Read to the end for a really good supercut  —  Who Will Win The Web3 Culture War?  —  On Friday, I wrote about how furries …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
StarkWare, an Ethereum Layer 2 developer using zero-knowledge rollups to more quickly validate transactions, raises $50M led by Sequoia at a $2B valuation  —  Quick Take  — StarkWare has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round and is now valued at $2 billion.

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