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January 3, 2022, 8:15 AM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Samsung unveils Samsung Gaming Hub, coming to select 2022 Samsung TVs, to add built-in support for Google Stadia, Nvidia's GeForce Now, and Utomik cloud gaming  —  Plus a mysterious way to pass through your game console's controller signals  —  Samsung is revealing a new lineup of smart TVs …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung says its 2022 TVs will support NFTs, including displaying, browsing, purchasing, and showing history and blockchain metadata  —  Learn about an NFT's blockchain history from the comfort of your couch  —  Staring at your non-fungible tokens on a smartphone or laptop screen is fine and all …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter permanently suspends one of Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's accounts for repeated violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy  —  (CNN)Twitter has permanently suspended Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter account @mtgreenee, the company confirmed to CNN Sunday morning.
Paul Tassi / Forbes:
Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda issues a New Year's Letter indicating the company will pursue blockchain games and NFTs in 2022  —  Well, we couldn't get more than a few hours without another major company tossing a lit match into the crypto/blockchain/NFT tinderbox, and this time it's (throws dart) Square Enix!
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Kuo: second-generation AirPods Pro will have lossless audio support and a charging case that can emit a sound for location tracking purposes  —  Apple's second-generation AirPods Pro will feature support for Lossless audio and a charging case that can emit a sound for location tracking purposes, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
In 2022, Apple will likely entirely ditch Intel by WWDC, debut the biggest MacBook Air redesign in history, and launch iPhone 14 with a hole-punch-sized notch  —  After a modest set of device launches in 2021, Apple Inc. is set for a stronger 2022—with new iPhones, AirPods and potentially a VR headset.
Bloomberg:
AT&T and Verizon reject the US Transportation Secretary's and FAA's request to delay rolling out new 5G services near airports, but may pause some deployments  —  Airlines warned of increased flight delays after AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. brushed aside a U.S. government request …
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
After leaving Meta, Brandon Silverman, co-founder of Facebook-acquired CrowdTangle, has helped craft a bipartisan bill to boost social networks' transparency  —  The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.
Brian Newar / Cointelegraph:
OpenSea freezes 16 Ape NFTs, worth ~$2.3M, after they were reportedly stolen, leading some to point out the lack of decentralization in the NFT space  —  Art gallery owner Todd Kramer had his valuable NFT collection stolen from his hot wallet yesterday, so OpenSea froze the stolen assets worth about $2.2 million.

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