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March 14, 2022, 5:25 PM

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Sandali Handagama / CoinDesk:
An EU Parliament committee rejects a provision for its Markets in Crypto Assets framework that would have effectively banned proof-of-work cryptocurrencies  —  A provision that could have forced proof-of-work cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to shift to more environmentally friendly mechanisms failed to get the votes required.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Apple rolls out macOS 12.3 with Universal Control in beta, 40+ new emoji, a new Siri voice, dynamic head tracking for Spatial Audio in some AirPods, and more  —  Following its “Peek performance” event and the launch of the new Mac Studio, Apple has released macOS 12.3.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple rolls out iOS 15.4 with the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask, and iPadOS 15.4 with Universal Control, which requires macOS Monterey 12.3  —  iPadOS 15.4 has also launched with Universal Control support  —  iOS 15.4, the latest version of Apple's iPhone operating system …
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Foxconn halts operations at two Shenzhen sites, one of which produces iPhones, after China imposed a non-essential business lockdown in the city until March 20  —  Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn is halting operations at its Shenzhen sites, one of which produces iPhones, in response to a government-imposed lockdown on the tech hub city.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
iPhone SE (2022) review: great performance, well-priced with 5G, but a tired design with a tiny 4.7-inch display, no camera night mode, and 64GB of base storage  —  Yesterday's iPhone, today  —  Video by Vjeran Pavic and James Andrews  —  Everything about the iPhone SE is designed …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
In a post to staff, Nick Clegg clarifies that Meta's relaxed content policies in Ukraine do not allow calls for violence against Russians or “a head of state”  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. clarified on Sunday that it is against the company's user rules to share a post that …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Report details Apple's early ATT debates, with Craig Federighi pushing for user privacy changes while Eddy Cue and Phil Schiller argued for more cautious action  —  A new report has highlighted how three top prominent executives initially found themselves at odds in early deliberations about Apple's App Tracking Transparency framework.
Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research:
Global smartwatch shipments grew 24% YoY in 2021, with a record 40M+ shipments in Q4; shipments in India grew 274% YoY, helped by local brands like Noise  —  - The market grew a healthy 24% YoY, thanks to strong demand for sub-$100 smartwatches.  — Samsung, Amazfit and Garmin recorded …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
After complaints, Twitter reverts its latest iOS update, removing the Latest Tweets tab and restoring the Home tab and the default chronological tweets option  —  Twitter was heavily criticized when it switched from the chronological timeline to the new feed that shows suggested tweets instead.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Foxconn is in talks with Saudi Arabia to jointly build a $9B factory for chips, components, and electronics in Neom; Foxconn is also talking to the UAE  —  The kingdom is trying to establish an industrial sector but has struggled to attract foreign investment
Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery's CFO says HBO Max and Discovery+ will be bundled early in the Discovery and WarnerMedia merger and will eventually be combined into one service  —  The streamers will be bundled early on as part of the merged media giant, before both services become a single direct-to-consumer platform.
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
Solana-based NFT marketplace Magic Eden raises a $27M Series A led by Paradigm and says it will use the funds to build a gaming vertical  —  The round was led by Paradigm and included contributions from Sequoia and Solana Ventures.  —  Non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace has raised $27 million …
Jing Yang / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent is facing a potential record fine after Chinese regulators found WeChat Pay flouted anti-money-laundering rules and had other regulatory lapses  —  China's central bank found regulatory breaches and lapses during a recent inspection of the ubiquitous payments network

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