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January 5, 2022, 9:25 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
NFT marketplace OpenSea raises a $300M Series C led by Paradigm and Coatue at a $13.3B post-money valuation  —  OpenSea, one of the most talked about blockchain start-ups in Silicon Valley, said on Tuesday that had it raised $300 million in new venture capital, making it the latest company …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sony says its upcoming VR headset PS VR2 for PS5 will have a 4K HDR OLED display, 2000×2040 pixels per eye, 110° FoV, eye-tracking, haptic feedback, and more  —  Sexy specs include dedicated eye tracking, over 4 million pixels per eye.  —  Sony's trickle of information about its future …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Intel claims its 12th-gen 14-core Intel i9 outperforms Apple's M1 Max and is the fastest CPU ever, although the i9 uses significantly more power than M1 Max  —  Intel today unveiled new 12th-generation Core processors suitable for laptops, and as part of the announcement …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Scott Stein / CNET:
Microsoft and Qualcomm partner to develop custom chips for AR glasses and integrate their software, such as Microsoft Mesh and Snapdragon Spaces  —  The news points to Microsoft looking to shrink the HoloLens 2 down to new products that could connect with phones.
Will Knight / Wired:
In the fall, John Deere will start selling its fully autonomous 8R tractor, which can gather data about the soil to improve its algorithms as it operates  —  The automation, and control of the resulting data, raise questions about the role of human farmers. … SOURCE DATA  —  TECHNOLOGY
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Samsung unveils Home Hub, a SmartThings controller with a docked tablet, launching in South Korea in H1 2022, and says it joined the Home Connectivity Alliance  —  The new smart home controller from Samsung looks like something Apple or Google should make  —  Samsung introduced …
Ben Winslow / KSTU:
Property management software company Entrata cuts ties with its co-founder and former CEO after he sent an anti-Semitic email to Utah tech and political leaders  —  SALT LAKE CITY — The founder and chair of Entrata, a Silcon Slopes tech firm, has resigned his position after sending an email …
Jabari Young / CNBC:
Fanatics acquires trading card company Topps' name and its sports and entertainment divisions, sources say for ~$500M, as Fanatics builds out its NFT offerings  —  - Sports e-commerce company Fanatics has acquired sports trading card company Topps, sources confirmed to CNBC on Monday night.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD unveils Ryzen 6000 laptop CPUs using TSMC's 6nm process, with a Microsoft Pluton security processor and up to double the graphics performance of Ryzen 5000  —  Advanced Micro Devices unveiled its new AMD Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors that blend its Zen 3+ core with AMD RDNA 2 graphics.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok is testing a Repost button that lets users repost videos from their For You feed to mutual friends' For You feeds  —  TikTok is testing its own version of Twitter's retweet with the addition of a new “Repost” button that allows users to amplify videos on the platform by sharing them with their own followers.
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Sources: Meta has stopped developing an OS for its VR and AR devices; the project had been ongoing for several years and involved hundreds of employees  —  Facebook parent company Meta Platforms has stopped development of a new software operating system to power its virtual reality devices …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon says it has sold over 150M Fire TV devices worldwide  —  Amazon is touting a major milestone for its Fire TV line of streaming devices, claiming it has sold more than 150 million Fire TV devices worldwide. … At the end of 2020, Amazon last reported having more than 50 million active Fire TV accounts.

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