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February 9, 2022, 12:00 PM

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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung debuts Galaxy S22 Ultra starting at $1,199 with a 6.8" 120Hz display, S-Pen support, up to 1TB of storage, and updated cameras, on sale from February 25  —  It gains an on-board stylus, plus some incremental hardware and software upgrades  —  The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has shaped …
Sam Rutherford / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: feels like the Note, distinct hardware, mesmerizing display, impressive specs, and welcome S-Pen support  —  This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.  Update your settings here, then reload the page to see it.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
The US DOJ arrests two people in New York and seizes ~$3.6B worth of bitcoin allegedly stolen in a 2016 Bitfinex hack, its “largest financial seizure ever”  —  The Justice Department announced Tuesday it had seized more than $3.6 billion in bitcoin allegedly stolen as part …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung unveils 6.1" Galaxy S22 and 6.6" S22+ with updated cameras, 10Hz-120Hz, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, coming February 25; S22 starts at $800, S22+ at $1,000  —  Will iterative upgrades cure Samsung's sales problem?  —  By most accounts, last year's Galaxy S21 lineup didn't measure up to Samsung's sales expectations.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the $1,100 Tab S8 Ultra, with a 14.6" 120Hz display, 16GB RAM, two front-facing cameras, and Snapdragon Gen 1 chip, shipping later in February  —  The Tab S8 Ultra comes with a giant 14.6-inch display  —  Samsung thinks your tablet is too small.
Phillip Tracy / Gizmodo:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra hands-on: a laptop replacement and iPad Pro rival that is unwieldy as a tablet, the screen has a notch, and S-Pen is responsive  —  The high-end Tab S8 Ultra will join the Tab S8 and Tab S8+.  —  Alerts  —  Samsung's new flagship Galaxy Tab S8 tablets have arrived …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
As Meta dips under a $600B market cap, it may avoid antitrust liability since it falls below the threshold set by recent US House bills as a “covered platform”  —  - Facebook owner Meta closed with a market cap below $600 billion on Tuesday for the first time since May 2020.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
A profile of Sequoia's Roelof Botha, who seeded the idea of Sequoia Capital Fund, which holds stakes in companies past the traditional 10-year VC fund cycle  —  109. One billion dollars.  —  Roelof Botha used to write 109 on the corner of his notepad every week when he started at Sequoia 19 years ago.
Bloomberg:
As crypto tokens fall, FTX and Crypto.com will run Super Bowl ads, seeking new customers; research shows $112.9M+ has been spent on crypto TV ads since 2020  —  It's a testing time for crypto exchanges to be making their Super Bowl ad debuts.  —  Recruiting new users can be simple when prices are skyrocketing.
Darren Loucaides / Wired:
A deep dive into the CEO and history of Telegram, which has about 30 core employees, minimal content moderation, and, until recently, no ongoing revenue  —  Hundreds of millions of users.  No algorithm.  No ads.  Courage in the face of autocracy.  Sound like a dream?  Careful what you wish for.
Will Knight / Wired:
Sony details GT Sophy, an AI built to master Gran Turismo; the research could eventually help develop autonomous vehicles  —  The company built GT Sophy to master the game Gran Turismo, but it may help the development of real self-driving cars. … APPLICATION  —  SECTOR  —  SOURCE DATA
Justine Calma / The Verge:
The WWF hyped and then canceled plans to raise money for conservation with NFTs on Polygon's “eco-friendly blockchain”, a fraught claim dismissed by experts  —  WWF thought it picked a less polluting blockchain  —  Within a few days last week, the World Wildlife Fund hyped …
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
In a bid to appease lawmakers and regulators, Microsoft outlines 11 app store principles, including equal treatment and allowing third-party payment processing  —  The rules comes as Microsoft is attempting to win regulatory approval for the largest deal in the company's history
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Vicarius, an autonomous vulnerability remediation service for supply-chain attacks, raises a $24M Series A led by AllegisCyber Capital and others  —  Vicarius, a New York-based startup that has developed an autonomous vulnerability remediation platform, has raised $24 million in Series …
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Olivia Little / Media Matters for America:
TikTok continues to allow ads encouraging ADHD self-diagnosis and medication, geared towards young users and likely violating its medical misinformation policy  —  RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM GIDEON TAAFFE, KAYLA GOGARTY & ABBIE RICHARDS  —  A swarm of advertisements encouraging attention …
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Egypt-based Thndr, an investing app for stocks and mutual funds in the Middle East and North Africa, raises a $20M Series A led by Tiger Global and others  —  The MENA region has about 400 million people with $500 billion in annual savings.  But as a relatively young population …

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