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February 9, 2022, 11:45 PM

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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 …
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.
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:
Stephen Warwick / iMore:
Meta announces updates for Messenger: Split Payments in the US on iOS and Android, updated audio features, and Vanish Mode for disappearing messages  —  “Friends who are new to payments in Messenger can easily add payment details to send and receive money.”  —  What you need to know
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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the $1,100 Tab S8 Ultra, with a 14.6" 120Hz display, 16GB of RAM, two front-facing cameras, and Snapdragon Gen 1, 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:
Benjamin Cher / The Business Times:
Tonik Financial, which operates Tonik Digital Bank in the Philippines, raises a $131M Series B led by Mizuho Bank  —  TONIK Financial has raised US$131 million in Series B funding led by Mizuho Bank and new investors including Prosus Ventures, Sixteenth Street Capital and Indonesian family office Nuri Group.
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
LinkedIn is testing a no-politics setting for some US users' feed that filters out content about political parties and candidates, election outcomes, and more  —  CEO Ryan Roslansky lays out new features arriving on the professional networking platform, including a no-politics button and live video and audio events

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