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January 10, 2022, 9:05 AM

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Business Wire:
Take-Two will acquire Zynga for $12.7B, or $9.86 per share, a 64% premium on Zynga's January 7 closing price; Take-Two develops GTA, Red Dead, and other titles  —  Take-Two to acquire all the outstanding shares of Zynga for a total value of $9.861 per share - $3.50 in cash and $6.361 in shares …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Gurman: Apple's mixed reality headset will not be an all-day device and will be meant for bursts of gaming, communication, and content consumption  —  Apple is widely expected to take the wraps off of its first mixed reality headset this year, with a focus on augmented reality and virtual reality experiences.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
A roundup of Samsung Galaxy S22 series leaks, including specs, an unboxing video of dummy units, and an alleged image of the S22 Ultra's 45W fast charger  —  A new unboxing video has shown potential designs for the three handsets  —  A video from Unbox Therapy has shown off what appears …
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Facebook director Katie Harbath says social media will likely incubate future political violence if tech platforms or governments don't urgently intervene  —  Katie Harbath says she left Facebook disillusioned; now she pushes for more online guardrails  —  Katie Harbath joined Facebook …
Simon Parkin / The Guardian:
Roblox's aim of encouraging children to make games has been its key to success but is fraught with dangers, as some face stress, burnout, and exploitation  —  Young developers on the platform used by many millions of children claim they have been financially exploited, threatened with dismissal and sexually harassed
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
An open-source developer, expressing regret for supporting “Fortune 500s”, breaks ~19K projects by corrupting popular NPM libraries; GitHub reverts the changes  —  Users of popular open-source libraries ‘colors’ and ‘faker’ were left stunned after they saw their applications …
Vitalik Buterin / r/ethereum on Reddit:
Ethereum co-founder responds: “the properly authenticated decentralized blockchain world is coming”, but is slowed by “limited technical resources and funding”  —  The word “server” imo is not very useful in the blockchain context; it combines together a bundle of concepts that are best treated separately.
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Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
How the peer pressure to be a part of the blue bubble iMessage text groups keeps US teens locked into Apple's ecosystem  —  The iPhone maker cultivated iMessage as a must-have texting tool for teens.  Android users trigger a just-a-little-less-cool green bubble: 'Ew, that's gross.'
Tracy Wang / CoinDesk:
A look at the turmoil inside Pudgy Penguins, one of the most successful NFT projects, as community members clash with founders over the project's fate  —  There's trouble brewing in the huddle.  —  The beloved NFT project Pudgy Penguins voted out its founders on Thursday after they allegedly failed …

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