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January 31, 2022, 10:55 AM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
In an Instagram video, Joe Rogan defends his decision to book contentious guests, apologizes to Spotify for the backlash, and details how the podcast may change  —  'I'm very sorry that this is happening to them.'  —  Joe Rogan has issued a response to the ongoing controversy …
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify publishes its long-standing Platform Rules and says it is working to add a content advisory to podcast episodes that discuss COVID-19  —  A decade ago, we created Spotify to enable the work of creators around the world to be heard and enjoyed by listeners around the world.
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Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Crypto exchange FTX raises a $400M Series C from SoftBank, Paradigm, Tiger Global, and others at a $32B valuation, up from $25B in October 2021  —  The frothy venture capital market continues to buoy the empire of billionaire trader and entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried.
Reuters:
Citrix Systems says Elliott Management and Vista Equity have agreed to buy the company for $16.5B  —  Hedge fund Elliott Management and investment firm Vista Equity Partners have agreed to buy Citrix Systems (CTXS.O) in a deal valued at $16.5 billion, the cloud computing company said on Monday.
New York Times:
Current and former Meta employees say its move towards the metaverse has caused disruption and uncertainty, as some feel funnelled towards AR and VR initiatives  —  Shifting a 68,000-person social networking company toward the theoretical metaverse has caused internal disruption and uncertainty.
Gethin Chamberlain / The Guardian:
A Chinese whistleblower, whose revelations about Amazon's supply chain led to Foxconn paying compensation to workers, says he was tortured before being jailed  —  Tang Mingfang is willing to risk reprisals to clear his name over Foxconn revelations - and to get backing from Jeff Bezos

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