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February 5, 2022, 2:30 PM

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Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation reveals the identities of two main founders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection: Greg Solano, aka “Gargamel”, and Wylie Aronow  —  The buzzy NFT collection has raked in millions and the eager support of dozens of celebrities.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Peloton is drawing interest from potential buyers, including Amazon; Peloton's market value is now ~$8B, down from its ~$50B high around a year ago  —  The maker of stationary bikes faces pressure from activist investor as its share price sags  —  Peloton Interactive Inc …
Riana Pfefferkorn / The Center for Internet and Society:
A close look at the EARN IT Act, which is modeled after FOSTA and was recently reintroduced in Congress, and why it risks exacerbating the online CSAM problem  —  This is the latest entry in my lengthy archive of writing, talks, and interviews about the EARN IT Act:
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Meta, which ignored creators for years, has only “shameless” creators and their awful content to fall back on in its pivot to video and eventual irrelevance  —  Read to the end for a tremendous meditation on February  —  Facebook Made Its Own World And Now It's Stuck In It
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Joe Rogan apologizes for past use of N-word after a compilation video of him using the slur went viral; Spotify seems to have quietly removed ~70 JRE episodes  —  His apology came as listeners said that as many as 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast had been quietly taken off Spotify …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to unveil a 5G iPhone SE and an iPad Air with a faster processor and 5G in an online presentation on or near March 8  —  Apple Inc. is targeting a date on or near March 8 to unveil a new low-cost iPhone and an updated iPad, according to people with knowledge of the matter …
Ian Bogost / The Atlantic:
Digital assets like NFTs give us a glimpse into a future where every aspect of human life that can be digitally recorded will be collateralized and securitized  —  Twitter has begun allowing its users to showcase NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, as profile pictures on their accounts.
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:
Dog walking startup Wag will go public via a SPAC merger at a $350M valuation; SoftBank, which invested $300M, sold its stake back to Wag in 2019 at a loss  —  Wag Labs Inc., the developer of dog-walking app Wag!, has agreed to go public through a merger with a blank-check company.

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