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January 10, 2022, 2:00 PM

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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
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  —  Deal would be about a 64% premium to Zynga's Friday closing stock price  —  Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. agreed …
Geoff Ralston / Y Combinator:
YC announces a new standard deal: a $125K investment for 7% of the startup and a further $375K at terms founders can negotiate with future investors  —  We have a new standard deal at Y Combinator.  When a company is accepted into the YC batch program, we now invest a total of $500,000.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple shares 2021 highlights: developers made $260B+ via the App Store since its debut, up from $200B+ YoY, US and Canadian consumers used 30M tickets in Wallet  —  Apple today highlighted the continued growth and expansion of its services in 2021, including the App Store, Apple Music …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Court documents show Google ran a campaign from 2018 to 2020 to “convince” staff that “unions suck”; Google refuses a judge's order to produce more documents  —  New court documents reveal how Google ran its anti-union campaign, ‘Project Vivian,’ between late 2018 and early 2020.
The Guardian:
EU data watchdog orders Europol to delete much of a vast trove of personal data it obtained unlawfully; internal documents show Europol has at least 4PB of data  —  EU police body accused of unlawfully holding information and aspiring to become an NSA-style mass surveillance agency
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Honor debuts Magic V, its first foldable phone, with 7.9" inner and 6.45" outer displays, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and up to 12GB of RAM, coming to China for ~$1,570  —  Releasing in China soon  —  Former Huawei sub-brand Honor has just announced its first foldable smartphone …
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
A roundup of computer monitors launched at CES 2022, with some featuring “smart” functions, mini-LED displays, higher refresh rates, new form factors, and more  —  Turning the page from a fairly boring 2021  —  CES had a pretty good year, and that extends to computer monitors …
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the SEC is preparing to force more transparency from large private companies, including increasing disclosures and tightening investor qualifications  —  ‘Unicorn’ firms have a huge impact and ‘absolutely no visibility’ for regulators, says SEC Commissioner Allison Lee
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 …
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
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
How Apple could radically improve its money management services: offer Apple Card outside US, add checking and savings accounts, greatly expand Wallet, and more  —  Hey everyone, it's Mark.  Apple could shake up the fintech world with an Apple Card expansion, checking accounts and more.
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