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January 5, 2022, 1:20 PM

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sony details PlayStation VR2 for PS5: a 4K HDR OLED display, 2000×2040 pixels per eye, 110° FoV, eye tracking, haptic feedback, inside-out cameras, and more  —  Sexy specs include dedicated eye tracking, over 4 million pixels per eye.  —  Sony's trickle of information about its future …
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Sources: Meta has stopped developing a new OS for its VR devices and upcoming AR glasses; the multiyear project involved hundreds of employees  —  Facebook parent company Meta Platforms has stopped development of a new software operating system to power its virtual reality devices …
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 …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Intel claims its 12th-gen 14-core Core i9 outperforms Apple's M1 Max and is the fastest CPU ever, although the i9 uses significantly more power than the M1 Max  —  Intel today unveiled new 12th-generation Core processors suitable for laptops, and as part of the announcement …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Asus unveils the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED with a 17.3" foldable screen, Intel's 12th-gen CPUs, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, and more, coming in Q2 for a TBD price  —  There's a more traditional 14-inch OLED Zenbook coming as well  —  Each year, it seems that more companies are trying out devices with foldable screens.
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 …
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:
Global VC funding reached $643B in 2021, up from $335B in 2020 and ~$300B in 2019, with $29.4B in seed funding, $201B in early stage, and $413B in late stage  —  Venture funding in 2021 broke records across the board, Crunchbase data shows, with investment last year up more than 10x what it was a decade earlier.
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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 …
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
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
If the metaverse takes off, it will take cues from today's privatized, centralized, financialized tech ecosystem and echo the development of play-to-earn games  —  In a virtual world full of virtual goods, finance could get weird.  —  Years ago, while on vacation in the Northwest …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
As companies race to find practical applications for quantum computers, the short term focus is on boosting machine learning  —  Companies are jostling to be the first to find a practical application for quantum computers  —  The race is on to find the first practical use for quantum computing.
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.

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