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December 19, 2021, 10:15 PM

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Ben Bowman / The Streamable:
YouTube TV reaches a deal with Disney to bring back 17+ channels including ABC, Disney, ESPN, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic  —  After one day of being dark, YouTube TV and Disney have reached a deal which will see more than 17 Disney-owned channels, including local ABC affiliates, Disney Channel, and ESPN return to the service.
Max A. Cherney / Protocol:
Inside Intel's Ronler complex in Hillsboro, Oregon, where it conducts its most advanced research and houses the company's most important chip manufacturing site  —  HILLSBORO, Ore. — To create a beam of ultraviolet radiation precise enough to print the world's most advanced microchips …
Alex Pasternack / Fast Company:
How Chinese Wikipedia volunteers fighting censorship, threats, arrest, and violence expose the challenges to the Wikimedia Foundation's free-knowledge mission  —  This past July, before he was banned from Wikipedia, Techyan was one of dozens of volunteers preparing to speak at the free-knowledge movement's annual conference, Wikimania.
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
South Korea-based online grocery startup Kurly, which says it plans to IPO in H1 2022 at a ~$5.8B valuation, raises $210M at a $3.3B valuation  —  Just half a year after its last Series F round announcement, Korean online grocery startup Kurly has closed a $210 million in a pre-IPO round …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
The case for Apple to offer a 15-inch iPad home hub is made clear by devices like the Portal and Echo Show 15, as well as Apple's ~5% smart speaker market share  —  I've been testing Amazon.com Inc.'s new Echo Show 15.  My takeaway: It's time for Apple Inc. to get serious about the smart home and launch a giant iPad as a new hub.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Jameel Jaffer of the Knight First Amendment Institute on how Congress can regulate social media platforms while abiding by the First Amendment  —  One of the hardest problems at the intersection of tech and policy right now is the question of how to regulate social media platforms.

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