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TECH CRUNCH
Google Play Games for PC, which brings Android games to Windows, enters beta testing Google today will begin rolling out a limited beta test of its newly announced Google Play Games for PC product in three overseas markets: Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Google Play Games PC application, which was announced last month during The Game…

Daily Crunch: Electric rail vehicle startup Parallel Systems raises a $49.55M Series A Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Crypto.com CEO admits hundreds of customer accounts were hacked Crypto.com CEO Kris Marszalek said around 400 customer accounts have been compromised in a hack in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. His confirmation of the breach comes after multiple Crypto.com users alleged their funds had been stolen – complain…

Accessible hiring practices to solve for The Great Resignation With so many organizations reevaluating their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, recruiters need to identify access as a key ingredient for developing a workplace that welcomes all.

Apple Podcasts introduces new 'Listen With' collections to help users discover shows Apple Podcasts is rolling out a new “Listen With” editorial franchise to give users a new way to discover podcasts. The company says Listen With helps users discover new shows by sharing those that popular artists, authors, filmmakers, journalists, influencer…

How Mayht, a small startup, is taking on the world of speaker goliaths There are many ways of spinning up a startup, but it takes a particularly brave set of founders to take on a deeply entrenched industry with a small number of incumbents who have the market all sown up. You’d have to be a special flavor of bold to take on int…

Why Microsoft's $2T+ market cap makes its $68B Activision buy a cheap bet Wth a market cap just over $2 trillion, Microsoft has vast resources to invest in the most logical parts of its business.

Web3 'Proof of attendance' startup raises $10M to mint shared memories as NFTs If blockchains are immutable records of our digital history, what kinds of history do we want to inscribe on them? Predictably, most records thus far have been transaction data, but as entrepreneurs expand their ambitions for NFTs, startups are aiming to tie …

Dovetail raises $63M to grow its researcher-focused software business Australian user research software company Dovetail announced today that it has closed a $63 million Series A led by Accel. The company has now raised just over $70 million in total, and it added its new capital at a valuation that it describes as “north” of $…

Dear Sophie: How do I successfully expand my company to the US? I’m an entrepreneur in Guatemala and would like to come to the United States to expand my tech company. What is the best way to do that?

WIRED
Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal Is a Move Toward the Post-Console World Microsoft is betting on a future more focused on games than hardware.

Why Airlines Are Fighting the 5G Rollout Airline companies want more time to prepare for the potential impact of 5G frequencies on crucial safety equipment. Here's what that means for you.

A Bug in iOS 15 Is Leaking User Browsing Activity in Real Time Apple has known about the vulnerability, which also affects iPadOS 15 and Safari 15, since late November.

Europe’s Move Against Google Analytics Is Just the Beginning Austria’s data regulator has found that the use of Google Analytics is a breach of GDPR. In the absence of a new EU-US data deal, other countries may follow.

How to Get Work Done—From Anywhere These tips and gear will help you maximize productivity from a backpack, airplane, or hotel.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking The iconic graphic of a timepiece originated as a nuclear warning. It updates its time on Thursday amid threats like climate change and pandemics.

He Made a Covid-Zapping Video Game. Then He Fought Covid for Real An indie developer made Guntech 2, a shoot-em-up game where the player battles giant viruses. Shortly before the game's release, he wound up in the hospital.

The 'Dune' NFT Copyright Fiasco Is the Least of Crypto's Legal Worries Spice DAO's copyright misstep shows how many questions there are about the rules of cryptoart. This is an opportunity for transformation

China’s ‘People’s Courts’ Resolve Online Disputes at Tech Firms No garlic on the oysters? Soup stained a blanket? Panels of users hear the complaints and can order refunds or removal of critical reviews.

Gig Workers Were Promised a Better Deal. Then They Were Outsourced A new subcontractor industry in Europe is benefiting from platforms’ efforts to clean up their image and comply with stricter employment rules.

HACKER NEWS
Tests aren’t enough: Case study after adding type hints to urllib3 Since Python 3.5 was released in 2015 including PEP 484 and the typing module type hints have grown from a nice-to-have to an expectation for popular packages. To fulfill this expectation our team...

bigscience/T0pp · Hugging Face We’re on a journey to advance and democratize artificial intelligence through open source and open science.

Sequoia PGP is now LGPL 2.0+ Sequoia is a modular OpenPGP implementation in Rust.

Code CAD – Use code to create CAD models A community hub for CodeCAD parts, OpenSCAD, CadQuery, JSCAD and more

Opening up a physics simulator for robotics As part of DeepMind's mission of advancing science, we have acquired the MuJoCo physics simulator and are making it freely available for everyone, to support research everywhere.

My Framework for Building Side Projects as a Solo Developer – Rauno Metsa When you work full-time, it's certain that you'll get paid. When you freelance, it's almost certain that you'll get paid. When you start a side project, it's uncertain if you'll ever get paid. And this can make it hard to start a side project. But what if yo…

What =delete means In my C++ training classes, I often explain the meaning of =delete as The library author is saying, “I know what you’re trying to do, and what you’re trying to do is wrong.”

Eating the Cloud from Outside In ∊ swyx.io AWS is playing Chess. Cloudflare is playing Go.

WALL STREET JOURNAL
Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Bid to Withhold Documents Related to Jan. 6 Probe Former president claimed executive privilege over evidence sought by congressional investigation of Capitol attack

Instagram Creators Can Charge for Subscriptions Under New Test Service Test in the U.S. will begin with a relatively small number of creators and expand in coming months, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says

SEC Under Pressure to Implement Agenda in 2022, While Democrats Control Congress After talking up an ambitious agenda, SEC Chairman Gensler is expected to begin implementing changes

Biden Hosts First 2022 News Conference as Agenda Stalls, Russia Tensions Mount President was expected to talk up strong job growth and free Covid-19 tests as he completes first year in office

Morgan Stanley Posts Higher Profit, Capping Mixed Quarter for Big Banks Bank joins peers in posting gains in investment banking but decline in trading revenue

Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal to Power Its Netflix-of-Gaming Aspirations The $75 billion acquisition would give the software company a new pool of games and gamers to entice to its cloud

Bitcoin Sags in 2022 Under Weight of Stock Selloff and Fed Policy Crypto markets mirror traditional markets with surge of institutional investors

Free N95 Masks to Be Made Available at Pharmacies, White House Says Distribution of 400 million masks comes as the Biden administration is also offering free rapid tests to combat the spread of Covid-19

Nasdaq Falls More Than 1%, Entering Correction Territory Tech shares finish the day with sharp decline; S&P 500, Dow also fall 1%

Why 5G Rollout Is Concerning Airlines and Flight-Safety Regulators: What We Know After delays caused by worries about flight safety, Verizon and AT&T introduced faster internet connection

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Supreme Court allows Jan. 6 committee to get Trump documents WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuff to former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court is allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities.

What comes next in New York's investigation of Donald Trump NEW YORK (AP) — After investigating former President Donald Trump for several years, New York Attorney General Letitia James used a court filing Tuesday to outline much of the evidence her investigators have gathered so far.

EXPLAINER: The federal charges against 3 cops in Floyd death MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd's death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man’s civil rights.

Chances were missed to stop U. of Michigan sexual abuse DETROIT (AP) — Complaints that a University of Michigan sports doctor was committing sexual assault went back decades, long before a $490 million settlement this week with victims, but no one stepped forward to ensure that Robert Anderson would be kicked off …

Prior infection, vaccines provide best protection from COVID NEW YORK (AP) — A new study in two states that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.The study examined infections in New York and California last summer an…

Airlines cancel some flights after reduced 5G rollout in US DALLAS (AP) — Some flights to and from the U.S. were canceled on Wednesday even after AT&T and Verizon scaled back the rollout of high-speed wireless service that could interfere with aircraft technology that measures altitude.

AP PHOTOS: Vaccine workers trek in Kashmir's snowy mountains SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In a Himalayan village in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, young health worker Masrat Farid packed her bag with vaccines on a frigid morning in January as strong winds swept snow through the air.

Biden says nation weary from COVID, but US in a better place WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the pandemic has left Americans exhausted and demoralized but insisted at a news conference marking his first year in office that he has “outperformed” expectations in dealing with it.

Raw Senate debate in fight to end voting bill filibuster WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators faced off in emotional, raw debate Wednesday on voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital for protecting democracy but that almost certainly will be defeated without a filibuster rules change, in what w…

BUSINESS INSIDER
Biden: How could Trump 'intimidate an entire party' from out of office Biden said he's spoken with five GOP senators who told him they can't support any of his agenda out of fear of a primary challenge.

UnitedHealth revealed the 3 investments critical to its clinic business UnitedHealth President Dirk McMahon said the company spent $100 million to ready its clinics to care for patients in new ways that reward better care.

PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: which is better? We've spent a year playing the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and while they're both gaming powerhouses, only one feels like a must-have right now.

Biden opens door to making cuts so 'big chunks' of his economic agenda gets done "It's clear to me that we're going to have to probably break it up," he said. It's unclear when Democrats will coalesce on a smaller bill.

House Dems will allow stock trading ban bills to move forward House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer told Insider that his "immediate reaction" is that lawmakers should not be banned from trading stocks.

I'm an ER nurse who's seen dying COVID patients beg to live "I am urging everyone to put politics aside and come together," Thad Cummings told Insider. COVID-19 has "caused us to lose our humanity."

Many boomers don't have retirement savings, women have less than men More men than women have $100,000 or more saved for retirement, per new Census data. It's a product of the wage gap — women earned less money to save.

Wordle obsession shows how the pandemic changed status symbols Sharing your Wordle grid on Twitter signifies your cultural capital and knowledge to others, but only fellow in-the-know Wordle players will get it.

Wealth tax on billionaires would cover defense budget A report finds that taxing people with over $5 million could bring in $928.39 billion a year. A one-year child tax extension costs $185 billion.

Amazon employee frustrations over low pay reach a crisis point Amazon staffers are aggressively pushing for better compensation, disenchanted with what they perceive as below-market pay.