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January 14, 2022, 6:45 AM

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NBC News:
The January 6 House committee subpoenas Meta, Alphabet, Reddit, and Twitter after their “inadequate responses” to requests for information about the riot  —  The House committee investigating Jan. 6 on Thursday subpoenaed Reddit, Twitter and the parent companies of Google and Facebook after their …
Aoyon Ashraf / CoinDesk:
Block says it is building an open-source bitcoin mining system to make mining more “distributed and efficient”, after Jack Dorsey teased the idea in October  —  The payment services company formerly known as Square is open to building new mining computers and is hiring for a new engineering team.
Bloomberg:
Ukraine says a cyberattack brought down websites of several government agencies for hours but no sensitive data was stolen  —  Ukraine said a cyberattack brought down the websites of several government agencies for hours.  Authorities didn't immediately comment on the source of the outage …
Kent Walker / The Keyword:
Following the White House's open-source security summit, Google proposes setting up an organization to serve as a marketplace for open source maintenance  —  We welcomed the opportunity to participate in the White House Open Source Software Security Summit today, building on our work …
Washington Post:
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduces the TLDR Act, which would require sites and apps to offer easy-to-digest, nutrition label-like summaries of their TOS  —  Happy Thursday!  Below: The FCC proposes new data breach rules for telecom and the White House meets with tech leaders on cyber.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Fortnite returns to iOS and Android through a closed beta in Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service designed to run in mobile browsers  —  Nvidia's GeForce Now is finally bringing Fortnite back to the iPhone  —  Fortnite is back on iOS today... sort of.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Meta faces a $3.1B UK class action suit alleging it abused Facebook's market dominance and set an “unfair price” for 44M UK users' data from 2015 to 2019  —  A competition legal expert, backed by a powerful litigation fund, is to mount a multibillion-dollar class action suit …
Joanna Partridge / The Guardian:
Google will buy London's Central Saint Giles development, which includes 408K sq. ft. of office space, for $1B  —  Site will have space for 10,000 UK employees who will work under hybrid workplace model  —  Google has announced a $1bn (£871m) deal to buy the London development Central Saint Giles …
Aislinn Keely / The Block:
Near Foundation, which develops the proof-of-stake Near blockchain, raises $150M led by Three-Arrows Capital, with a16z and others participating  —  The NEAR Foundation has closed a $150 million funding round less as it looks to become the hub of an open web3.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
A look at Android 12's rollout, one of the buggiest launches in the past few years, as Samsung and OnePlus pause their stable Android 12-based updates  —  Android 12 is one of the platform's most ambitious updates in recent history, bringing a major design overhaul to every corner of the operating system.
Meghan Bobrowsky / Wall Street Journal:
Second Life founder Philip Rosedale returns to Linden Research, in which his startup High Fidelity made an investment, to take on the metaverse  —  Philip Rosedale is coming back to the digital world he created to help inject growth  —  The founder of Second Life, one of the earliest digital-reality worlds …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft hires a law firm to review its sexual harassment policies and issue a report in the spring about the investigations, including one involving Gates  —  - A review that a law firm will conduct for Microsoft's board on the effectiveness of sexual harassment policies will compare …

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