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February 15, 2022, 9:45 PM

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Monica Chin / The Verge:
Google announces early access to Chrome OS Flex, a version of Chrome OS for businesses and schools that is designed to run on old PCs and Macs  —  It's made for schools and businesses  —  Google has announced early access to a new version of Chrome OS called Chrome OS Flex.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft rolls out the Amazon Appstore Preview, offering over 1,000 Android apps, in the Microsoft Store, alongside other tweaks to Windows 11  —  Last October, Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs in partnership with Amazon and its app store.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Mark Zuckerberg outlines changes to Meta's corporate values, including “Move Fast Together”, “Live in the Future”, and “Meta, Metamates, Me”  —  Meta.  Metamates.  Me.  —  At a virtual all-hands meeting on Tuesday, Facebook escalated its attempts …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Facebook rebrands News Feed to just Feed after more than 15 years  —  The ‘News Feed’ is now just the ‘Feed’  —  Meta is changing the name of Facebook's News Feed, the primary part of the service that users scroll through to see what their friends and family have shared.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the SEC is probing if Binance properly disclosed to consumers the relationship between its US arm and two market makers with ties to Binance's founder  —  Regulator is interested in trading firms with links to Binance's founder, people familiar with the probe say
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sony's $180 wireless LinkBuds review: comfortable, novel open-style earbud design, superb voice call performance, but so-so battery life for an all-day design  —  They're weird, refreshing, and fantastic at voice calls  —  It makes complete sense that some people prefer “open” …
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel agrees to acquire Israeli chip company Tower Semiconductor for around $5.4B, or $53 per share; the deal is expected to close in 12 months  —  Intel Corp. agreed to acquire Tower Semiconductor Ltd. for about $5.4 billion, part of Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger's push into the outsourced chip-manufacturing business.
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
A look at the self-righteous anger in the Web3 community over the identification of the founders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection  —  The self-righteous anger over the identification of the founders of a popular NFT club says a lot about the web3 battles to come in the years ahead.
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: TSMC's first US chip plant is three to six months behind schedule due to labor shortages and difficulty obtaining licenses  —  Taiwan chip titan faces fight for workers as Intel also builds in Arizona  —  TSMC's construction delay in Arizona does not necessarily mean the schedule …
Mumbi Gitau / Bloomberg:
After an animal rights group described Neuralink's tests as “invasive and deadly” for 23 monkeys, Neuralink defends testing on animals  —  Neuralink, the brain-computer interface company founded by Elon Musk, pushed back against criticism of its treatment of monkeys in research …
Bloomberg:
India bans 54 more apps it says are of Chinese origin, including Sea's lucrative Free Fire game, leading the company to a loss of $16B+ in market value  —  Sea Ltd. lost more than $16 billion of value in its biggest daily market drop after India abruptly banned its most popular mobile gaming title.
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Instagram will let users send a private like in response to a Story, expanding on DMs or emoji reactions  —  Meta's Instagram is introducing a new way for people to interact with Stories.  Starting today, you can send a private like when someone shares an image or video that catches your eye.

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