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February 9, 2022, 7:35 PM

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Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
How the feds caught Heather Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein as they allegedly attempted, rather sloppily, to launder bitcoin from the Bitfinex hack  —  Bitfinex laundry  —  In her public life, Heather Morgan seems to have been the cringiest imaginable sort of crypto-adjacent hustle-bro.
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 come as Microsoft is attempting to win regulatory approval for the largest deal in the company's history
Tom Warren / The Verge:
References to “realityOS” appear to have briefly shown up again in Apple's code, this time in a GitHub repo; reports of a new AR headset OS date back to 2017  —  The long-rumored Apple headset could have a new OS  —  Apple's long-rumored virtual or augmented reality headset might …
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:
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
As CB Insights says there are 1K unicorns globally, about two added to the herd per day in 2022, a look at soaring valuations, the “first” unicorns, and more  —  Hubert Palan signed on to Zoom from his home in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 2 and prepared to address the 400 or so employees …
Will Knight / Wired:
Sony details GT Sophy, an AI built to master Gran Turismo that outraces human drivers; 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
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung unveils 6.1" Galaxy S22 and 6.6" S22+ with updated cameras, 10Hz-120Hz displays, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, coming February 25, starting at $800 and $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.
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.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A look at the Open App Markets Act, aimed at curbing anti-competitive behavior from large app store operators like Apple and Google and headed to a Senate vote  —  The Open App Markets Act wants to remake mobile computing  —  Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Open App Markets Act …
Phillip Tracy / Gizmodo:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra hands-on: a laptop replacement and iPad Pro rival that is unwieldy as a tablet, slim frames and a notch, and the 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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
After crypto's recent plunge, FTX and Crypto.com seek new customers with Super Bowl ads; iSpot.tv data: $112.9M+ has been spent on US 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.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Instagram rolls out tools to remove posts, comments, and more in bulk, and review past interactions and searches, after a preview in December  —  Instagram is making it a whole lot easier to remove posts, comments and other activity from the platform.  The photo sharing app is rolling …
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 …

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