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January 7, 2022, 5:50 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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) …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify introduces Call-to-Action Cards, a visual ad format for podcasts that puts clickable cards inside show and episode pages  —  Spotify is today introducing is introducing a new ad format aimed at podcasters which it's calling “Call-to-Action Cards” — or CTA cards, for short.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn plans to launch interactive, audio-only live events this month in beta for some creators and a video version in the spring  —  LinkedIn, now with more than 800 million people listing their professional profiles to build out their careers, is taking its next steps to get them to spend more time on the platform.
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Clubhouse starts testing Web Listening, letting US users listen to Replays and live rooms with Replays enabled, in 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.
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Internet disruptions in Kazakhstan, the world's second-biggest bitcoin mining hub, shut down an estimated 15% of the world's miners before internet was restored  —  - The second-biggest country for bitcoin mining lost its internet access, taking as much as 15% of the network offline.
The Wire:
How Modi's BJP uses an app called Tek Fog, with ShareChat integration, to spread propaganda, target critics on WhatsApp, and hijack Facebook and Twitter trends  —  The Wire investigates claims behind the use of ‘Tek Fog’, a highly sophisticated app used by online operatives to hijack major social media …
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.

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