February 17, 2022, 2:45 PM

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Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
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 …
Helen Coster / Reuters:
Sources: Trump's Truth Social app has opened to around 500 beta testers, one year after Trump was banned from major social networks  —  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 “Truth Social,” two sources told Reuters.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Financial Times:
Memo: ISS tells clients that Apple investors should vote against Tim Cook's $99M pay and bonus package, citing “concern” over stock award Cook received in 2021  —  Institutional Shareholder Services expresses ‘concern’ at chief executive's stock award last year
Amazon reaches an agreement to accept Visa cards globally and will no longer charge Visa users an extra fee in Singapore and Australia  — Inc. has agreed to accept Visa Inc.'s cards across its global network, settling a feud that threatened to damage the financial giant's business and disrupt e-commerce payments.
Ryan Lawler / Axios:
Found, which offers full-stack financial services for freelancers and contract workers, raises a $60M Series B led by Founders Fund  —  Banking and corporate cards have become big business for startups and small businesses — with companies like Ramp, Brex, and Airbase all raising gobs of cash …
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Joe Williams / Bloomberg:
Okta's CMO leaves the company, replaced by its CDO, following numerous executive departures, including its CFO, president of tech, and SVP of product management  —  Okta Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Kendall Collins has left the company after less than a year in the role …
Phelim Kine / Politico:
Experts say automated transcription app and its competitors offer only lax security that could endanger sources  — has saved reporters countless hours transcribing interviews.  Caveat emptor.  —  Mustafa Aksu is a wanted man.  —  Though he lives in Washington, D.C. …

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