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NBC News: Google, Salesforce, and Microsoft are having mixed results in building statewide vaccination sign-up websites, due to difficulties in integrating county systems  —  As the nation takes on one of the largest logistical challenges in history with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination program …

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Chris Dixon / Andreessen Horowitz: NFTs are great for creators because they remove intermediaries, enable granular price tiering, and eliminate customer acquisition costs by making users owners  —  In his classic 2008 essay “1000 True Fans,” Kevin Kelly predicted that the internet would transform the economics of creative activities:

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Arielle Pardes / Wired: An ecosystem of startups, features, and tools has sprung up around Clubhouse, and some, like the Clubhouse analytics tool Direcon, are already monetizing  —  A wave of startups, features, and tools has sprung up around the popular audio app.  And some are looking to cash in.

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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times: Critics say the policies of Amazon, Google, and Facebook from the early days of the pandemic to restrict the sale of medical-grade masks are now outdated  —  Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings.  But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks.

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Financial Times: Sources: UK is preparing to announce a new tech visa and a £375M fund, with matching VC funding, to be made available to some promising tech startups  —  Up to £375m of state funds to be matched by venture capital and made available for promising companies

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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal: Profile of Roblox, which outsources game development to its own players and says more than 300 of such developers earned $100K+ in 2020, ahead of its March IPO  —  The company runs a free social platform with videogames made by its own players.  Its stock-market debut will test investor appetite …

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Marguerite Reardon / CNET: Mississippi is using its $1.2B COVID stimulus to roll out high-speed broadband, which could make it one of the most connected states in the US within six years  —  Mississippi could become a broadband giant. … When Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and lawmakers in the Mississippi legislature got $1.2 billion …

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Meaghan Tobin / Rest of World: Experts say lessons marketed by digital education platforms like Byju's and Yuanfudao are more an innovation in test-prep delivery than in learning outcomes  —  Investors have poured billions of dollars into digital education platforms like Byju's and Yuanfudao.  But are students learning anything?

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Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch: Interview with co-CEO of Jumia, whose stock is up 3,000%+ in the last year and remains unprofitable, on African e-commerce, its path to profitability, and more  —  This month, African e-commerce giant Jumia released its second full-year financials for Q4 and its fiscal year 2020.

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John Beck / Rest of World: Social media platforms are struggling with how to handle ISIS-related fundraising campaigns, which are often slipping through by disguising as humanitarianism  —  Social media platforms are struggling to figure out how to deal with fundraising campaigns that flirt with the boundaries of what's legal.

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Cade Metz / New York Times: How Anduril and other startups are building military ready, self-piloted drones, away from Silicon Valley, where such projects have become politically untenable  —  While much has been made of tech's unwillingness to work with the Pentagon, start-ups are still plumbing the industry's decades-long ties to the military.

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Todd Feathers / VICE: Some schools and organizations are abandoning exam monitoring software made by Proctorio amid a barrage of complaints from students over privacy  —  Proctorio has cashed in on remote learning since the start of the pandemic.  Now, some schools are abandoning the company's controversial software.

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CNN: In a hearing with US lawmakers, ex-SolarWinds CEO blamed an intern for the “solarwinds123” password leak discovered in 2019 that had exposed a SolarWinds server  —  FireEye CEO on how the SolarWinds hack was discovered  —  Washington (CNN)Current and former top executives …

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Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo: Genealogy tracker MyHeritage releases Deep Nostalgia, a Live Photo-like feature for old photos, which uses AI to show subjects prepping for their portrait  —  It's hard to feel connected to someone who's gone through a static photo.  So a company called MyHeritage who provides automatic AI …

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Drew Harwell / Washington Post: Public docs show that ICE used private database run by Thomson Reuters with 400M+ names, addresses, and utility service records to pursue immigration violations  —  Government agencies increasingly are accessing private information they are not authorized to compile on their own

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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Biden admin plans to allow a Trump-era rule in March enabling Commerce Dept. to ban tech business transactions with China it feels are security threats  —  Biden administration plans to let the Trump-era rule on technology purchases and deals take effect, despite U.S. business objections about its scope

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Bloomberg: Sources: Robinhood is planning to confidentially file for an IPO as soon as next month  —  Robinhood Markets Inc., the trading platform behind the boom-and-bust swing in GameStop Corp.'s shares, plans to file confidentially for an initial public offering as soon as March, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired: Sources detail Google's troubles with game development as the company couldn't stomach the complicated creative process amid Stadia's poor streaming numbers  —  The tech giant hired 150 game developers for Stadia Games and Entertainment, only to lay them all off.  Sources say it never gave the studios a chance.

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Bloomberg: Sources: SentinelOne, which develops AI-based endpoint security for all devices and services in a network, is preparing for an IPO that could value it at $10B+  —  - SentinelOne is interviewing banks and might list this year  — Company could seek a valuation of more than $10 billion

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Justine Calma / The Verge: Google is sharing data about distortions in light waves passing through its undersea cables with seismologists to help them detect earthquakes  —  That data could one day warn people about tsunamis  —  The web of undersea cables that transmit data around the world could one day be used …

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Bloomberg: The SEC suspends trading of 15 lesser-known stocks after suspicious social media promotion raised concerns that their stock prices were artificially inflated  —  - Wall Street watchdog temporarily halts trading in 15 stocks  — Regulator says it's actively monitoring online message boards

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Michelle Price / Reuters: SEC suspends trading of 15 stocks after suspicious social media promotion, as analysis finds bots programmatically hyped “meme” stocks on social media  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bots on major social media platforms have been hyping up GameStop Corp and other “meme” stocks …

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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times: The use of “+” to name on-demand services was fine when streaming was new but has become a cliché and a minus  —  An idea that seemed like a real plus when streaming was newer has fallen into cliché.  —  First there was e.  —  Then came i.  —  Now it's +.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook's NPE division launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for rappers to create and share their raps using professionally created beats, in closed beta  —  Facebook's internal R&D group, NPE Team, is today launching its next experimental app, called BARS.  The app makes it possible for rappers …

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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast: Shockingly real deepfakes of Tom Cruise are going viral on TikTok, with the account deeptomcruise amassing 200K+ followers in a few days  —  FOR THE LOVE OF XENU  —  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  —  Three days ago, a TikTok account going by @deeptomcruise began posting video clips …

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