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February 18, 2022, 2:10 AM

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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 …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel Xeon roadmap: Emerald Rapids, based on Intel 7 process, coming in 2023, Granite Rapids and new Efficient-core Sierra Forest in 2024, both built on Intel 3  —  It's no secret that Intel's enterprise processor platform has been stretched in recent generations.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta confirms its combined monthly user base for Horizon Worlds and Venues grew 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 …
Jennifer Schonberger / Yahoo Finance:
Source: Biden is expected to issue an EO next week directing agencies to study crypto and a CBDC, and come up with a strategy to regulate digital assets  —  President Biden is expected to issue an executive order next week directing agencies across the government to study cryptocurrencies …
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.
Don Clark / New York Times:
A profile of Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, who joined the company at 18, as he seeks to rejuvenate the beleaguered giant by building chip factories across the world  —  Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18.  The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster.
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 …
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 …
Supantha Mukherjee / Reuters:
Sources: Ericsson informed the DOJ about an internal probe that found misconduct over payments in Iraq in 2019, after news that some funds may have reached ISIS  —  Ericsson (ERICb.ST) informed the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) about an internal investigation into payments in Iraq …
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 …
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 …

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