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January 21, 2022, 2:40 PM

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New York Times:
Alana Semuels / TIME:
Intel commits $20B to build at least two semiconductor fabrication plants on a 1,000-acre site by 2025, employing at least 3,000 people in New Albany, Ohio  —  As part of an effort to regain its position as a leading maker of semiconductors amidst a global chip shortage …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix COO says the company is “open to licensing large game IP”; job listings hint it may launch Fortnite-like live service games with regular content updates  —  Two months after launching mobile games to all of its members, Netflix is looking to double down on gaming …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
A group of 34 QA testers at Activision Blizzard's Raven Software vote to unionize with the CWA, and ask the company to voluntarily recognize their union status  —  Microsoft Corp.'s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. will come with an unexpected and perhaps unwelcome addition: a small group of unionized workers.
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter will let iOS users of its Blue subscription service use NFTs as hexagon-shaped profile pictures  —  Service will be available to some users of the company's Blue subscriber service  —  Twitter Inc. will start allowing some users to use nonfungible tokens as their profile pictures …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Hands-on with a pre-release mid-2018 build of Microsoft's canceled Andromeda OS for dual-screen devices  —  We take a look at Microsoft's canceled Andromeda OS project.  —  Ever wondered what Microsoft's canceled version of Windows for the Surface Duo was going to be like?
Reuters:
Investigation finds that Binance withheld information from regulators and maintained weak checks on customers even as it publicly welcomed government oversight  —  In public, Binance said it welcomed government oversight.  At the same time, the firm was withholding information from regulators …
Bloomberg:
IBM to sell part of Watson Health, including image software offerings and extensive data sets, to private equity firm Francisco Partners, sources say for $1B+  —  International Business Machines Corp. agreed to sell part of its IBM Watson Health business to private equity firm Francisco Partners …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Crowdbotics, which lets users launch React Native and Django apps without having to learn code, raises a $22M combined seed and Series A  —  Sign up here.  —  As companies expanded their tech investments during the pandemic, developers became saddled with larger workloads.

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