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January 15, 2022, 1:45 AM

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Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix raises its monthly subscription prices by $1 to $2 in the US and Canada; the standard US plan has increased from $13.99 to $15.49 per month  —  Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday …
Wall Street Journal:
State AGs' lawsuit alleges Google misled publishers and advertisers for years about ad pricing by deflating sales for some while increasing prices for buyers  —  Details show Google employees fretting its ad tech auctions were ‘untruthful’ and based in ‘insider information’
Leah Nylen / Politico:
In court docs, state AGs allege that Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret 2018 deal giving Facebook advantages in Google's ad auctions  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret deal that gave the social network …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's mixed reality headset faces overheating, camera, and software problems, which may postpone its WWDC unveiling and delay its launch into 2023  —  Apple Inc. is considering pushing back the debut of its mixed-reality headset by at least a few months, potentially delaying …
Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber / Reuters:
Russia's FSB says it detained and charged REvil ransomware gang members at the request of the US; source: Russian citizens won't be handed over to the US  —  Russia's FSB security service conducted a special operation against ransomware crime group REvil at the request of the United States …
Bloomberg:
Sources: the US FTC and a group of states led by New York are investigating Meta's Oculus virtual reality unit over potential anti-competitive practices  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and multiple states are investigating Meta Platforms Inc.'s virtual reality unit Oculus …
Bloomberg:
Ukraine says a cyberattack brought down several government agency websites for hours, but their content was not changed and no sensitive data was stolen  —  Ukraine said a cyberattack brought down the websites of several government agencies for hours.  Authorities didn't immediately comment …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Crypto exchange FTX launches FTX Ventures, a $2B venture fund for crypto startup investments to be led by former Lightspeed partner Amy Wu  —  Quick Take  — FTX has launched a new venture unit, FTX Ventures  — The exchange operator has set aside $2 billion for the new fund
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.
Kyle Chayka / New Yorker:
Tumblr's internet relic status, exemplified by its chronological feed, has given it new life: 48% of active users are Gen Z and revenue is up 55% since July  —  The social-media platform's status as a relic of the Internet has attracted prodigal users as well as new ones.
Reuters:
A group of 46 state AGs, Guam, and DC asks a US federal appeals court to reinstate the antitrust lawsuit against Facebook that was dismissed in June 2021  —  A group of states led by New York asked a U.S. federal appeals court on Friday to reinstate an antitrust lawsuit filed against Facebook (FB.O).

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