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December 30, 2021, 1:20 PM

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Brian Newar / Cointelegraph:
South Korea tells Apple and Google to stop accepting play-to-earn games, which require in-app purchases before playing, and remove existing ones from app stores  —  The Games Committee has strengthened its stance against P2E games by saying those games should not receive an age rating needed to get listed on app marketplaces.
Brian Quarmby / Cointelegraph:
Ethereum scaling project Polygon says it quietly fixed a bug that put $23.6B in MATIC tokens at risk, but not before $2.04M in tokens was stolen  —  “Considering how much was at stake, I believe our team has made the best decisions possible given the circumstances,” said Polygon's co-founder Jaynti Kanani.
Reuters:
Six women who work at Foxconn's Indian iPhone plant describe crowded dorms and food crawling with worms, which sickened 250+ workers, leading to protests  —  For women who assembled iPhones at a Foxconn plant in southern India, crowded dorms without flush toilets and food sometimes crawling …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apptopia: Amazon ranked #4 in global shopping app installs in 2021, down from first in 2020, as e-commerce apps Shopee and Shein rose to #1 and #2, respectively  —  Amazon's leading position in U.S. e-commerce is well-documented, but the latest global rankings for app installs show the potential …
Washington Post:
As the US faces record COVID-19 infections, effective use of exposure notification apps is unlikely, given slow adoption and poor data on their efficacy  —  The United States is grappling with record-high infections, but adoption of the system is still far behind what its creators and proponents envisioned
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Fortnite servers are back online after a major five-hour outage prevented players from logging on, among other issues  —  The hit battle royale game told players “You do not have permission to play Fortnite.”  —  There was some bad news if you're on winter break and hoping to play some Fortnite …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
HDMI Forum will introduce HDMI 2.1a, the latest standard, at CES 2022, with minor updates that only further complicate the system's haphazard device support  —  Brace yourself for yet another new HDMI standard  —  The HDMI standards are a mess.  HDMI 2.1, in particular, is a uniquely frustrating mess …
Akayla Gardner / Bloomberg:
Research: Binance Coin (BNB), the third largest digital token by market value, Solana, and Fantom gained over 1,000% in 2021; BTC gained 65% and ETH gained 408%  —  - Binance's BNB surged as Binance Smart Chain rivaled Ethereum  — Smaller alt coins also saw returns upward of 1,000% this year

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