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January 2, 2022, 9:30 PM

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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.
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  —  AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. rejected a U.S. request to delay this week's launch of a new variation of 5G mobile service …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
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.
New York Times:
Investigation: how China identifies, tracks, and pressures its critics on Facebook and Twitter, including Chinese living abroad and citizens of other nations  —  Authorities in China have turned to sophisticated investigative software to track and silence obscure critics on overseas social media.
Amitoj Singh / CoinDesk:
Sources: tax authorities searched some of India's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges after detecting tax evasion of around $6M at Binance's WazirX  —  India's tax authorities have conducted searches at some of India's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinSwitch Kuber, CoinDCX …
Stephanie Yang / Wall Street Journal:
The chip industry faces a recruitment gap, as plans for new fabs in the US will require an estimated 70K to 90K more workers by 2025 compared to 2020 levels  —  Limited supply of qualified workers poses challenge as facilities are built to bolster global supply of semiconductors

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