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February 7, 2022, 10:22 AM

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J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Daniel Ek says “silencing” Rogan is not the answer in a staff email and commits $100M to licensing, developing, and marketing content from marginalized groups  —  Over the weekend, videos resurfaced by the musician India.Arie showed the podcaster repeatedly using the n-word and making derogatory comments about Black people.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Michiel Willems / City A.M.:
In its annual SEC report, Meta repeats its warning that it may be forced to shut down “significant” services in Europe if new EU data transfer rules are adopted  —  If Meta is not given the option to transfer, store and process data from its European users on US-based servers …
Sam Reynolds / CoinDesk:
Ethereum Name Service DAO, which manages .eth domains, votes to remove Brantly Millegan as a steward over tweets from 2016; Millegan has refused to apologize  —  A Tweet from Nick Johnson, founder and lead developer of ENS, confirmed Millegan has been removed from both the DAO and as director of operations of True Names Ltd.
Max Read / Read Max:
Many celebrities promoting NFTs, like Paris Hilton and Jimmy Fallon, are either represented by, or have links to, OpenSea investor Creative Artists Agency  —  Where do celebrities even hear about “bored apes”?  Who is recommending that they buy one?  Is this really the best thing any of them can think to do with their money and fame?
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Twitter tests adding a DM icon to tweets on iOS to help “start a conversation”; some say the shortcut could make users even more susceptible to harassment  —  The feature will let you send a DM straight from a tweet  —  Twitter is exploring a new way to send DMs on iOS …
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Gurman: Apple may release an entry-level MacBook Pro with an M2 processor in 2022, without a Touch Bar, ProMotion, or miniLED  —  In his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman brings some tidbits about a new entry-level MacBook Pro with the rumored M2 processor.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
The FCC notifies Congress that service providers requested ~$5.6B to replace Huawei and ZTE equipment in US networks, up from the FCC's $1.8B estimate in 2020  —  In 2020 the estimate was $1.8 billion — now it's $5.6 billion  —  The estimated cost of replacing Huawei and ZTE equipment in US networks has increased substantially.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Unpacking Meta's “regulatory headwinds” warning, as the adtech industry faces a privacy reckoning and Belgium upends IAB Europe's GDPR compliance framework  —  What does Meta/Facebook's favorite new phrase to bandy around in awkward earnings calls — as it warns of “regulatory headwinds” …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Crypto faces a backlash from gamers because NFTs are often a way for game developers to extract more money, whereas music fans treat NFTs more like souvenirs  —  A tale of two fandoms  —  Today, let's talk about the very different reactions that two different types of fandoms are having …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Profile of freight logistics startup Flexport, which raised $900M+ co-led by a16z and MSD Partners at an $8B valuation in January  —  Founder Ryan Petersen has positioned himself as shipping's savior, earning Flexport a new $8 billion valuation.  But industry rivals say the 41-year-old near-billionaire and his startup are all show.
Christopher Knaus / The Guardian:
Australian court dismissed Meta's claim that it neither conducts business nor collects personal information in the country in suit over Cambridge Analytica data  —  Full bench of the federal court confirms earlier ruling that tech giant collects personal information in Australia

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