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January 4, 2022, 10:45 PM

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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 …
Washington Post:
Analysis shows Facebook's role in spreading false US election narratives; 650,000+ posts questioned Biden's victory between Election Day and the January 6 siege  —  Facebook groups swelled with at least 650,000 posts attacking the legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory between Election …
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
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
AMD debuts Ryzen 7 5800X3D chips, coming this spring, that use a single V-Cache stack for 15% more gaming performance; Zen 4 5nm CPUs are coming in H2 2022  —  One of the things I look forward to every year is whether the major companies I write about are prepared to showcase their upcoming products …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia debuts RTX 3070 Ti, up to 70% faster than 2070, and 3080 Ti, coming February 1 to laptops that start at $1.5K and $2.5K respectively, and teases 3090 Ti  —  Nvidia is spreading out its RTX technology wider with the unveiling of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, 3080 Ti, 3070 Ti, and 3090 Ti graphics cards.
Meir Orbach / CTech:
Google acquires Israeli startup Siemplify, which provides a security orchestration and automation service, source says for ~$500M; Siemplify has raised $58M  —  The Israeli company will form the basis for Google's cyber operations in the country and will be part of the tech giant's cloud activity
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
A look at Wordle, a viral once-a-day word guessing game created by a Brooklyn-based engineer as a side project that has amassed 300,000 players in two months  —  The word game has gone from dozens of players to hundreds of thousands in a few months.  It was created by a software engineer in Brooklyn for his partner.
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel announces a lineup of 12th Gen Core Alder Lake processors including 22 desktop CPUs ranging from $42 to $489 and eight H-Series laptop CPUs  —  When Intel launched its 12th Generation Core family of processors late last year, it was only a small set of overclockable parts for desktops that came to market.
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.
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 …

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