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February 23, 2022, 2:55 AM

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The Verge:
Sony reveals the PlayStation VR2's design: lighter, with a lens adjustment dial, new vent layout, and similar white-and-black color scheme  —  This is the PlayStation VR2  —  Sony has finally revealed the design of its next-generation PlayStation VR2 headset, after it announced it in February 2021 …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
With Meta handicapped by Apple's ATT privacy changes, Shopify should build an advertising business to complement Shop Pay and the Shopify Fulfillment Network  —  Tobi Lütke, who famously started Shopify when he realized that the software he built to run his snowboard shop …
Edd Gent / Singularity Hub:
Researchers used a generative adversarial network to produce images of synthesized faces that survey participants found more trustworthy than real human faces  —  The proliferation of deepfake technology is raising concerns that AI could start to warp our sense of shared reality.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A look at nine Android spyware apps, installed on ~400K phones, which connect to servers controlled by Vietnam-based 1Byte and share a critical security flaw  —  A fleet of spyware apps share the same security flaw  —  Much of the spyware you hear of today are the powerful nation-state backed exploits …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meta rolls out Facebook Reels to over 150 countries, following the feature's US launch in September 2021, alongside new creative tools and ad formats  —  After publicly launching in the U.S. this past September, Facebook Reels today is becoming globally available in over 150 countries.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Truth Social, like Parler and Gettr, looks to be structured for mostly one-way communication, broadcast primarily to an audience of Trumpist dead-enders  —  Conservative alternative social networks keep making the same mistakes  —  I.  —  Today, let's talk about some of the less obvious ways …
Ilena Peng / Bloomberg:
FinSMEs:
New York-based Timescale, which develops the open-source TimescaleDB time series database, raises a $110M Series C at a $1B+ valuation led by Tiger Global  —  Timescale, a New York-based creator of TimescaleDB, a relational database for time-series, raised $110M in Series C funding at a valuation of over $1 billion.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Spotify says Car Thing is now on sale in the US for $90, after its April 2021 announcement; in a few weeks, a software update will add Audible support and more  —  Two million raced onto a waitlist for Spotify's first hardware.  Now that it's on sale, Spotify's real road test must prove Car Thing's more than a goofy name.
Reade Pickert / Bloomberg:
Analysis: 43% of job listings from West Coast tech companies were posted in Texas, Virginia, New York, Georgia, and other states in 2021, up from 30% in 2019  —  When West Coast tech firms are hiring, they're increasingly posting jobs in Texas, Virginia and Georgia.
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Alloy Automation, a no-code service for e-commerce companies that automates workflows across applications, raises a $20M Series A led by a16z  —  Alloy Automation, a Y Combinator graduate focused on connecting different e-commerce tools, announced this morning that it has closed a $20 million Series A led by a16z.

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