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January 3, 2022, 6:50 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Samsung unveils Samsung Gaming Hub, coming to select 2022 Samsung TVs, offering 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 at CES 2022 today …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung says its 2022 TVs will support browsing, displaying, and purchasing NFTs, as well as viewing their 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 …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple became the first US company to reach a $3T market cap when its stock hit $182.86, tripling its valuation in under four years, before closing at $182.01  —  - Apple hit a market cap of $3 trillion, tripling in valuation in under four years.  — The milestone is mostly symbolic …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
In 2022, Apple will likely finish ditching 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.
Brian Newar / Cointelegraph:
After a reported theft, OpenSea freezes 16 Bored Ape and Mutant Ape NFTs, worth ~$2.3M, leading some to point out the NFT space's lack of decentralization  —  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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Bloomberg:
The US takes Kremlin insider Vladislav Klyushin into custody; sources say he has documents related to Russia's hack of DNC servers during the 2016 US election  —  IT executive Vladislav Klyushin's journey into U.S. custody is a blow to the Kremlin, say people familiar with a Russian intelligence assessment of what he may have to offer
Lananh Nguyen / New York Times:
Big US banks are slowly embracing cloud services like AWS, Azure, and GCP, after hesitating for years due to regulation, cyberattacks, and old infrastructure  —  Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
PitchBook: seed and early stage startups in the US raised $93B in 2021 through December 15, up from $52B in all of 2020 and $30B in 2016  —  Investors in 2021 have pumped a record $93 billion into early-stage U.S. startups through Dec. 15, triple the amount from five years before
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Verizon and T-Mobile discontinue their iPad rebate programs, offered in partnership with Apple, following widespread customer complaints  —  Verizon and T-Mobile have discontinued their iPad rebate program in partnership with Apple following widespread customer complaints that the program was ineffective …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
After leaving Meta, CrowdTangle co-founder Brandon Silverman has helped a bipartisan group of US senators craft a 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.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft releases an emergency fix for a Y2K22 bug in its FIP-FS anti-malware scanning engine that stops Exchange on-premise servers from delivering email  —  Microsoft has released an emergency fix for a year 2022 bug that is breaking email delivery on on-premise Microsoft Exchange servers.

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