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January 8, 2022, 6:10 AM

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Moxie Marlinspike:
How Web3 apps and wallets inevitably depend on centralized services like OpenSea, Infura, and Alchemy, which don't even provide authenticated responses  —  Despite considering myself a cryptographer, I have not found myself particularly drawn to “crypto.”  I don't think I've ever actually said the words …
Bloomberg:
PayPal confirms it is exploring launching its own stablecoin, after code in its iOS app showed it is working on a “PayPal Coin” backed by USD  —  PayPal Holdings Inc. is exploring the launch of its own stablecoin as part of its cryptocurrency push, according to the company …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
How Tim Cook's supply chain expertise and diplomacy helped grow Apple's annual revenue from $108B in 2011 to $365B in 2021, and profits up 3.7x to $95B  —  Two years after the death of Steve Jobs, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison claimed it was inevitable Apple would struggle under Tim Cook.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A California court orders Twitter to reveal the identity of a user who tweeted photos mocking a billionaire, after the user didn't respond to a copyright claim  —  Back in November we wrote about a very bizarre attempt to abuse copyright law to uncover who was behind a Twitter account, @CallMeMoneyBags.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Signal employees worry anonymous transactions could appeal to criminals, which would attract regulatory scrutiny and aid lawmakers who want to end encryption  —  A push into untraceable payments could put end-to-end encryption at risk  —  Today, let's talk about a little-discussed story …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Meta rolls out a new version of Facebook's Privacy Center to some US desktop users, putting the onus on users to learn about its security and privacy controls  —  The new Privacy Center includes guides and controls  —  Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) has announced a new version …
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.
Ben Horowitz / Andreessen Horowitz:
Andreessen Horowitz 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 …
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 …
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.
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