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January 7, 2022, 12:05 PM

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
The US ITC issues a final ruling declaring Google infringed on five Sonos audio tech patents and is banned from importing products that violate Sonos' IP  —  The company will not be allowed to import products that infringe on Sonos patents, including smart speakers, video streaming devices, and some computers and phones.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Following the US ITC's ruling in favor of Sonos, Google changes Assistant device setup and Speaker Groups, which now require adjusting speakers individually  —  Following the US ITC ruling in favor of Sonos, Google this afternoon announced a series of changes to how Speaker Groups and its Assistant devices work.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ESA says E3 2022 will be an online-only event in the summer due to COVID-19 concerns  —  The Entertainment Software Association is shifting the Electronic Entertainment Expo to an online-only event out of concerns around the pandemic.  —  “Due to the ongoing health risks surrounding COVID-19 …
Jiyoung Sohn / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung expects Q4 operating profit of $11.4B, up 52% YoY, on revenue of $63B, up ~24%, thanks to demand for memory chips and its contract chip-making business  —  South Korean company benefits from continued strength of the semiconductor business  —  SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co …
Ben Horowitz / Andreessen Horowitz:
a16z raises $9B across three funds: a $1.5B Bio fund, a $5B Growth fund, and a $2.5B Venture fund  —  I am excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz just raised a fresh $9B to invest via our Venture, Growth, and Bio Funds.  We are grateful to our Limited Partners who have believed in us …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Mozilla pauses accepting crypto donations following a widespread backlash, mostly over carbon emissions, including from co-founder Jamie Zawinski  —  Mozilla is the latest company to take heat for its involvement with cryptocurrency  —  Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that makes …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: GameStop has hired more than 20 people to run a new division developing an NFT marketplace and establishing cryptocurrency partnerships  —  The retailer is launching a division dedicated to the buzzy new technologies amid a push to turn a profit  —  GameStop Corp. is launching …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Twitter says it is testing “Quote Tweet with reaction”, an option to let iOS users retweet and attach a video reaction  —  Twitter on Thursday launched a new feature in its iOS app for a small group of users.  With this option, it's now possible to retweet someone's post and add your own video reaction using your camera.
Ry Crist / CNET:
Amazon introduces Sidewalk Bridge Pro by Ring, a dedicated bridge device for farms and other nonresidential settings, capable of relaying data up to five miles  —  A new, dedicated Sidewalk bridge will bring farms, factories and other nonresidential zones online with Amazon's long-range, low-power IoT network.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Carsome, a Southeast Asian used car online marketplace, raises ~$300M led by Temasek and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund  —  Carsome Group, which operates a Southeast Asian used-car online marketplace, has raised almost $300 million in a financing round led by funds linked …
Brandy Betz / CoinDesk:
DeFi credit protocol Goldfinch raises a $25M Series A extension led by a16z, which also led its $11M Series A last year, and announces the Goldfinch Foundation  —  Decentralized credit protocol Goldfinch has raised $25 million in a Series A extension round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) …
Elisa Braun / Politico:
France's data regulator, the CNIL, fines Google €150M and Meta €60M for failing to let French users easily reject cookie trackers  —  PARIS — French data regulator the CNIL is set to fine Google €150 million and Facebook €60 million for violating EU privacy rules.
Crystal Kim / Bloomberg:
Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, which experienced meteoric rises as meme coins, are now down 80% and 65% from their peaks in May and October respectively  —  - Dogecoin, Shiba, other meme inspired tokens are near lows  — Advocates wonder if a Shib price of one cent is still feasible
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Clubhouse starts testing Web Listening, letting US users listen to Replays and live rooms with Replays enabled, compatible with most major browsers  —  Since its debut in 2020, joining a conversation on Clubhouse has involved opening the app.  But that's no longer the case.

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