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February 17, 2022, 8:05 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: the value of Spotify's deal with Joe Rogan, which covers three and a half years, was at least $200M, twice the $100M that reports suggested at the time  —  The deal that brought his podcast to Spotify is said to be worth over $200 million, more than was previously known.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel says its discreet Arc GPUs for laptops will ship in Q1 2022, Arc GPUs for desktop will ship in Q2, and Arc GPUs for workstations will ship in Q3  —  Intel has given an update on the timeline for its long-awaited entry into the discrete graphics game: Arc GPUs for laptops are set to ship soon in Q1 2022 …
Andrew Blok / CNET:
YouTube details new efforts to stop misinformation, including stopping such content before it goes viral and limiting cross-platform sharing of misinformation  —  Stopping misinformation before it goes viral is a top goal for the video site. … YouTube outlined on Thursday new efforts it plans to undertake to tackle misinformation.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta's combined Horizon Worlds and Venues monthly user base grows to 300K people, up 10X since launching in December  —  That's a 10x increase in about three months.  But can the growth continue?  —  Facebook has bet its future on virtual reality and the metaverse, rebranding to Meta …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
DOJ establishes the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team to investigate illegal schemes run by criminals and countries like North Korea and Iran  —  The Justice Department named a veteran cybersecurity prosecutor to lead a new team dedicated to investigating and prosecuting illicit …
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Helen Coster / Reuters:
Sources: Truth Social, Trump's new social media app, has about 500 beta testers, one year after Trump was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube  —  Details about former U.S. President Donald Trump's new social media app are trickling out as about 500 beta testers have begun using an early version of …
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
A look at tech recruitment issues as the US unemployment rate for tech workers is 1.7% and 0.2% for cybersecurity experts, well below 4% for the general economy  —  Recruiters in tech are desperate for workers.  But candidates are the ones who hold all the power.
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
USDC stablecoin developer Circle says its forthcoming SPAC deal now values the company at $9B, up from $4.5B when the deal was announced  —  Circle — the firm behind stablecoin USDC — announced on Thursday that it has scrapped its previous deal with special purpose acquisition company …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Mozilla warns that Firefox and Chrome 100 versions may break some sites, including HBO Go and Yahoo, due to user-agent strings with three-digit version numbers  —  Mozilla is warning website developers that the upcoming Firefox 100 and Chrome 100 versions may break websites …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Roku Q4: revenue of $865.3M vs. $894M est., up 33% YoY, 60.1M active accounts, up 17% YoY, 19.5B streaming hours, up 15% YoY, stock down ~18% after hours  —  - Roku's revenue growth slowed to a rate that was lower than analysts had expected.  — The company said during the quarter …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sequoia Capital to raise $500M to $600M for a fund focused on liquid crypto investments, along with a $900M-$950M Ecosystem Fund and $3.2B-$3.5B Expansion Fund  —  Sequoia Capital last fall disclosed plans to blow up the traditional VC model, saying it would form a single fund to hold …
Reuters:
A profile of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who helped trigger scrutiny of NSO Group after Citizen Lab found Pegasus malware on her iPhone  —  A single activist helped turn the tide against NSO Group, one of the world's most sophisticated spyware companies now facing a cascade of legal action …
Chainalysis:
Analysis identifies 4,068 “criminal whales” holding over $25B worth of stolen cryptocurrency, following a major jump in illicit balances in 2021  —  This blog is a preview of our 2022 Crypto Crime Report.  Sign up here to download your copy now!

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