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January 18, 2022, 1:50 AM

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Ashley Rodriguez / Insider:
Social Capital founder and CEO Chamath Palihapitiya says the “ugly truth” is “nobody cares about what's happening” to Uyghurs in China, himself included  —  - Chamath Palihapitiya said “nobody cares about what's happening” to Uyghur Muslims in China.
New York Times:
Game publishers' plans to add NFTs to games have sparked a fierce backlash from gamers, who have long resented the growing number of micro transactions in games  —  Game publishers are offering NFTs, but skeptical gamers smell a moneymaking scheme and are fighting back.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung unveils its 4nm Exynos 2200 SoC with an Xclipse GPU using AMD's RDNA 2 architecture, offering hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading  —  The processor packs Samsung's own Xclipse GPU based on AMD RDNA 2 architecture that the South Korean company says will offer …
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Activision Blizzard says 37 employees have “exited” and 44 have been disciplined since July as part of its investigation over workplace misconduct allegations  —  Company's actions have come in the wake of pressure from investors, business partners and employees to address complaints over its handling of misconduct issues
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Apple clarifies it will still collect a commission from Dutch developers using third-party payments; Google will too in South Korea, just lowering its fee by 4%  —  On December 24th of last year, the Netherlands' competition regulator, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
The Tech Oversight Project, mainly funded by Pierre Omidyar and Chris Hughes' organizations, launches Tuesday to push for Big Tech antitrust regulation  —  Organizations with ties to eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes are the primary funders of the Tech Oversight Project
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Despite high hopes, AI in health care hasn't been effective because medical data is more complex and scarcer than web data, causing misleading results  —  Medical information is more complex and less available than the web data that many algorithms were trained on, so results can be misleading.
Alberto Nardelli / Bloomberg:
Amazon reverses its plan to ban the use of Visa credit cards in the UK, set to start on January 19; the company had cited high transaction fees  —  Amazon.com Inc. has emailed U.K. customers to say that a planned ban on Visa credit cards will no longer take place.
Trung Phan / SatPost:
Despite “cringe content”, LinkedIn's ad-free business model and a willingness to stunt virality for healthier engagement make it the only good social network  —  Hey, thanks for subscribing to SatPost.  —  Today, we'll breakdown a question everyone has asked at least once in their life …
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
South Korean startup flex, which makes tools for automating HR processes and workflows, raises a $32M Series B led by Greenoaks at a $287M valuation  —  South Korea-based human resources management platform flex announced today it has closed a $32 million Series B round at a valuation of $298 million.
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