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January 13, 2022, 7:40 AM

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Martine Paris / Bloomberg:
Apple confirms it removed several Wordle clones from the App Store, after some app developers capitalized on the online guessing game's popularity  —  Apple Inc. removed several Wordle games from its App Store after users confused them with another word-play title popularized by Jimmy Fallon and other celebrities.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft hires veteran semiconductor designer Mike Filippo from Apple; sources say Filippo will work on developing homegrown chips for Azure servers  —  Microsoft Corp. lured away a veteran semiconductor designer from Apple Inc. as it looks to expand its own server-chips efforts, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Canalys: worldwide PC shipments grew 15% YoY in 2021 to 341M, the highest annual number since 2012; Apple shipped 28.3% more units, Acer 21.8%, and Dell 18%  —  It would be easy to think PC sales dropped worldwide last year amid chip shortages, but that conventional thinking would be wrong.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Coinbase says it is acquiring FairX, a CFTC-regulated derivatives exchange, and plans to bring crypto derivatives to its US customers  —  Coinbase is acquiring FairX, a CFTC-regulated derivatives exchange.  —  The exchange company announced the move on Wednesday, saying …
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
Over 260 health professionals tell Spotify to implement a misinformation policy, after a Joe Rogan Experience episode featured a discredited scientist  —  More than 260 doctors, nurses, scientists, health professionals and others have signed an open letter calling on the streaming media platform Spotify to …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple says no changes were made in iOS 15.2 that would've toggled iCloud Private Relay off and that no carriers have blocked its users from using the feature  —  Some iPhone users this week noticed that iCloud Private Relay suddenly stopped working with their cellular connections.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Martin Matishak / The Record:
US Cyber Command says malware group MuddyWater is tied to Iranian intelligence, the first time the US government has publicly linked the threat actor to Tehran  —  U.S. Cyber Command on Wednesday revealed that a hacking group reputed for its cyberespionage campaigns is actually part of Iran's intelligence apparatus.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
FCC proposes stricter data breach reporting rules, including a mandate to notify customers of “inadvertent” breaches, scrapping a one-week wait period, and more  —  The Federal Communications Commission is the next US regulator hoping to hold companies more accountable for data breaches.
Reuters:
TSMC reports Q4 revenue rose 24.1% YoY to $15.74B as net profit reached $6.01B; capex will reach $40B to $44B in 2022, up from $30B in 2021  —  Taiwanese chip firm TSMC expects strong growth to accelerate in coming years due to booming semiconductor demand, as the tech giant on Thursday reported …
Felix Onuah / Reuters:
Nigeria will lift its ban on Twitter after suspending it on June 4, 2021; Twitter decided to open an office in Nigeria, among other agreements  —  Nigeria will lift a ban on Twitter (TWTR.N) from midnight after the social media platform agreed to open a local office, among other agreements …
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:
Research: London-based startups raised $25.5B in 2021, ahead of all other European cities, with most rounds over $100M; UK-based startups raised $40B in 2021  —  London kept up a blistering pace of technology financing last year, leading all other European cities with $25.5 billion in fresh investment.
Andrew Deck / Rest of World:
A look at Line's sticker economy, made up of over 4M hobbyist and professional designers; Line's revenue from direct sticker sales was $200M+ in 2020  —  A handful of designers have made their fortunes on the Line app, but now creators fear the market has become saturated.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Merit, which lets governments issue digital credentials that link back to a government license database, raises a $50M Series B led by Rose Park Advisors  —  When we think about identity in the digital world, it usually involves a username and password, but Merit (originally called Sigma) …
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon on the global chip shortage, competing with Apple's A-series and M-series chips, Snapdragon's new naming scheme, and more  —  Cristiano Amon is the president and CEO of Qualcomm, and he's always been a relentless cheerleader for what mobile computing …

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