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February 1, 2022, 9:00 PM

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Alphabet - Investor Relations:
Alphabet Q4: revenue rose 32% YoY to $75.3B, net income grew from $15.2B to $20.6B YoY, Google Cloud revenue rose from $3.8B to $5.5B YoY; stock jumps 6%+  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - February 1, 2022 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Cruise raises $1.35B more from SoftBank Vision Fund and launches a waitlist for a driverless robotaxi service in San Francisco that will run from 11pm to 5am  —  Cruise is opening up its driverless robotaxi service to the public in San Francisco as the GM subsidiary creeps toward commercialization …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
The Google One VPN service, which has been available to Android users since October 2020, comes to iOS for users paying for the 2TB $9.99/month plan or higher  —  The VPN service that's included with a Google One Premium subscription is finally available on iPhones after Google's promise in October 2020 that it would come to iOS.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google begins rolling out iMessage reactions for Android's Messages app in beta, appearing next to message bubbles; some emoji reactions are not quite identical  —  As we spotted in November and following the latest push for RCS support on iPhone earlier this month, Google Messages is starting …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
AMD Q4: revenue of $4.83B, up 49% YoY, Computing and Graphics revenue of $2.6B, up 32% YoY, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom revenue of $2.2B, up 75% YoY  —  - AMD reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday.  — AMD said it expected $21.5 billion in sales in 2022, higher than analyst expectations.
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
NHTSA: Tesla will issue an OTA update for 53,822 cars and SUVs to remove an FSD feature that let vehicles roll through stop signs without coming to a halt  —  DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is recalling nearly 54,000 cars and SUVs because their “Full Self-Driving” software lets them roll through stop signs without coming to a complete halt.
Wall Street Journal:
Amid tech stocks' poor performance, especially IPOs, some venture firms are cutting back investments and startup valuations, as they renegotiate funding deals  —  Venture firms foresee tougher funding environment ahead, with more muted debuts after pandemic glut
Maximiliano Firtman / firt.dev:
iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 beta code shows that push notifications, WebXR, and better PWA support may be coming to Safari  —  iOS 15.4 beta has finally added icon support in the manifest, Web Push, AR, and VR experiments.  —  Twitter @firt About Newsletter  —  About 8 min reading time
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
A whistleblower working with the DOJ says NSO Group offered staffers from US mobile security firm Mobileum “bags of cash” for access to global cellular networks  —  Rep. Ted Lieu asks the Justice Department to investigate after hearing the account of what he called ‘fishy’ behavior.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
As Tumblr CEO Jeff D'Onofrio quietly departs and the company merges with Automattic, a look at its plans and enormous impact on the modern social web  —  The CEO of Tumblr—a social platform that was once worth more than $1 billion, and in its time was among the internet's most popular …
IDC:
Global tablet shipments grew 3.2% YoY to 168.8M in 2021; Apple had 34.2% market share, Samsung had 18.3%, Lenovo had 10.5%, Amazon had 9.5%, and Huawei had 5.7%  —  Worldwide tablet shipments reached 46 million units during the fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21), posting a decline for the second time since the pandemic began in 2020.
Wall Street Journal:
Indian politician Rahul Gandhi writes to Twitter's CEO alleging the company is unwittingly complicit in a government campaign limiting followers to his account  —  Politician writes to Twitter CEO to complain about curbs he blames on India's government, highlighting how New Delhi polices U.S. social media companies
John Hendel / Politico:
Nonprofit suicide chat service Crisis Text Line ends its data sharing relationship with for-profit spinoff Loris.ai and asks the company to delete existing data  —  The nonprofit mental-health hotline Crisis Text Line ended its data-sharing relationship with a for-profit spinoff Monday …
Dan Taylor / Tech.eu:
Finnish open-source database startup MariaDB raises a $104M Series D and plans for an IPO on the NYSE via a SPAC merger seeking a valuation of ~$672M  —  Finland's MariaDB has closed a $104 million Series D private placement round and announced its intention to become a publicly-traded entity …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Source: the FTC, not the DOJ, will oversee the US antitrust review of Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition and will focus on potential harm to rivals  —  The U.S. antitrust review of Microsoft Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. will be handled by the Federal Trade Commission …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SiriusXM rolls out AudioID to track its audience across its apps Pandora and Stitcher and its satellite radio service, offering first-party ad targeting  —  The use of tracking cookies is winding down, and Apple's anti-tracking privacy update has impacted mobile apps' advertising revenues.
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Financial Times:
Analysis: Google, Amazon, Meta, and Apple donated $1.2M+ to the four biggest US foreign policy think tanks in 2019-2020, up from $625K+ in 2017-2018  —  Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple battle Washington's move towards stricter regulation using anti-China lobbying

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