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January 11, 2022, 11:40 PM

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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Federal judge rules FTC's amended suit alleging Meta has a monopoly can move forward, after a ruling last year threw out FTC's complaint over lack of evidence  —  The decision is a reversal of fortune for the agency after its first complaint was thrown out last year
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
T-Mobile says it has “not broadly blocked” iCloud Private Relay, blaming a bug in iOS 15.2, but says customers with content filtering plans won't have access  —  T-Mobile has officially acknowledged a bug that has blocked some subscribers from using iCloud Private Relay when connected to cellular networking.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Wordle clones are starting to disappear from Apple's App Store, after reports surfaced about many capitalizing on the guessing game's popularity  —  It seems Apple has taken action  —  Has Apple taken action against apps that cloned the popular web game Wordle?
Meta:
Meta elects DoorDash co-founder and CEO Tony Xu to its board of directors; Zuckerberg says Xu has experience “solving complex challenges in commerce”  —  Meta today announced that Tony Xu, co-founder and CEO of DoorDash, Inc., has been elected to the company's board of directors, effective immediately.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
PCI Special Interest Group finalizes its PCIe 6.0 specification, doubling PCIe 5.0's speeds and reaching 128GBps in x16 slots; it is expected in servers in 2023  —  This morning the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) is releasing the much-awaited final (1.0) specification for PCI Express 6.0.
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
Celebrities including Kim Kardashian are being sued in a class action suit for allegedly leading investors into an EthereumMax cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scam  —  Lawsuit alleges celebrities made false or misleading statements to investors about EthereumMax; company disputes allegations
Wall Street Journal:
Citadel Securities, an electronic trading firm that works with Robinhood and others, raises $1.15B from Sequoia Capital and Paradigm, valuing it at ~$22B  —  Sequoia Capital's and Paradigm's $1.15 billion investment values the electronic-trading firm at around $22 billion
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Samsung, which had previously announced a January 11 event for Exynos 2200, was a no-show at the product launch event without any explanation or a new date  —  The Exynos 2200 was supposed to launch on January 11.  It didn't.  Nobody knows why.  —  So here's a crazy story.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox players are frustrated with forced crossplay, arguing PC users are cheating; Phil Spencer rejected crossplay in 2016, saying a mouse and keyboard is faster  —  Xbox players can't escape some PC cheaters  —  Xbox players are growing increasingly frustrated at being forced to play against PC gamers.
Mike Colias / Wall Street Journal:
GM plans to launch an online used vehicle marketplace this spring called CarBravo, which will leverage its dealer network to compete with CarMax and Carvana  —  The Detroit auto maker is rolling out CarBravo, a new business that helps dealers put their used-car lots online
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
PassiveLogic, which enables customers without programming expertise to develop autonomous systems for buildings and projects, raises a $34M Series B  —  Commercial building systems often require engineering teams with years of training to maintain.  Even retrofitting old buildings with technology …
The Korea Herald:
Apple will let developers use alternative payment systems in South Korea, complying with a law banning app store operators from forcing their own IAP systems  —  Apple will allow alternative payment systems in South Korea in compliance with a new local law that bans app store operators …

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