December 10, 2021, 9:40 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google says it will release Google Play Games in 2022 as a native Windows app that brings Android games to Windows 10 and Windows 11  —  Google Play Games comes to PC next year  —  Google is planning to bring Android games to Windows PCs next year.  A Google Play Games app will be available in 2022 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Epic v. Apple emails show Microsoft offered to bring triple-A, Xbox-exclusive games to iOS if Apple let its xCloud game streaming service into the App Store  —  Remember when Apple pretended like it would let cloud gaming services like Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia into the App Store …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta opens its VR social platform Horizon Worlds to all adult users in the US and Canada, after announcing a private beta in September 2019  —  Facebook's first stab at the metaverse is Roblox meets the OASIS  —  More than two years and a company rebrand later, Meta is finally opening …
Analysis: English Premier League soccer fans have spent £262M+ on crypto-based fan tokens, often offered by Socios, as critics worry about fans being exploited  —  Football clubs have potentially made hundreds of millions of pounds selling controversial crypto “fan tokens”.
WhatsApp begins a limited test of Meta's Novi digital wallet in the US, letting users send and receive USDP within a chat  —  Today, WhatsApp is finally announcing a small pilot program to some people in the US, that can finally use the Novi digital wallet within WhatsApp!
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
Palm, which helps companies and brands create NFT projects, raises a $27M Series B led by Microsoft's M12  —  Microsoft's venture arm is leading a $27 million bet on NFT studio Palm.  —  The funding will be used primarily to scale the company's operations with a slew of new hires, a representative of the studio told CoinDesk.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based instant grocery startup Flink raises a $750M Series B led by DoorDash at a $2.85B post-money valuation  —  Instant grocery delivery continues to be a very frothy market, but today comes news of a major funding round for one player in it that investors believe will still be standing after the hype has died down.
Packy McCormick / Not Boring:
Replit, a browser-based IDE for cross-platform collaborative coding, raises an $80M Series B led by Coatue at an $800M valuation  —  Replit Raises $80M Series B to Bring the Next Billion Software Creators Online … Hi friends 👋,  —  Happy Thursday!
Coinbase launches a DeFi yield product for non-US customers in over 70 countries, after US regulators effectively killed plans for its Lend program in September  —  - U.S. regulators effectively shut down Lend program earlier  — Holdings to be deposited into the Compound Finance protocol
Financial Times:
How Syrian human rights group Mnemonic used AI trained on synthetic data to analyze videos for evidence that “cluster” weapon RBK-250 was used against civilians  —  Technique used to teach Tesla cars and Amazon Alexa has gathered evidence of weapons used against civilians
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Boston-based conversational AI startup Posh Technologies raises a $27.5M Series A led by Canapi Ventures to fuel call center automation  —  As call volumes skyrocketed during the pandemic, contact centers turned to AI to help distribute the workload.  But even before the pandemic …
Angel Au-Yeung / Forbes:
Cher Scarlett, a leader of #AppleToo, says she is no longer withdrawing her NLRB complaint against Apple after it failed to execute a settlement in good faith  —  Former Apple engineer Cher Scarlett is no longer withdrawing her complaint with the National Labor Relation Board alleging …
Jonathan Bell / Wallpaper*:
A look at the working processes at Apple's design team, led by VP of industrial design Evans Hankey and VP of human interface design Alan Dye  —  Global exclusive!  Led by Evans Hankey and Alan Dye, the Apple Design Team holds enormous sway over our evolving relationship with technology.
Riley de León / CNBC:
Brazilian neobank Nubank closes up 14.78% in its NYSE debut, giving it a $47.6B market cap, after raising $2.6B in its IPO  —  - Brazilian fintech company Nubank made its market debut Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and is now trading under the ticker symbol “NU.”

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