Eva Szalay / Financial Times: Digital asset trading group Genesis starts accepting “blue-chip” NFTs as collateral for loans and derivatives deals  —  Decision to use the tokens to back crypto deals highlights boom in digital collectibles market  —  Digital asset trading group Genesis has started accepting non-fungible tokens … Source […]

Vipal Monga / Wall Street Journal: Shopify denies copyright infringement claims from five publishers and says court is the wrong venue to compel copyright law changes that shield tech companies  —  E-commerce company says it isn’t liable for copyright infringement by sellers; has responded to takedown requests Source link

Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg: The EU is crafting a Chips Act, similar in size to the US’ $52B fund proposal, to attract investment for mega fabs; a proposal will be published on February 8  —  The European Union is gearing up to put potentially billions of euros in state aid […]

Wall Street Journal: Crypto-rich buyers are shifting the luxury home market, as real-estate builders jump through hoops to accept crypto and sellers advertise accepting it  —  People who have made fortunes investing in digital currency, or who helped build the vast crypto industry, are the new darlings of the high-end […]

Chris Stead / Finder: Interview with two Ubisoft executives, who say NFTs are a paradigm shift in gaming and gamers “don’t get what a digital secondary market can bring to them”  —  We talk to Nicolas Pouard, VP at Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovations Lab, about the launch of Ubisoft Quartz and […]

Corinne Reichert / CNET: Counterpoint and IDC: smartphone shipments grew about 5% to 1.35B+ units in 2021; Samsung took the top spot with 270M+ units, followed by Apple with 235M+  —  Companies shipped 1.35 billion smartphones in 2021, a 5.7% increase over the previous year, market researcher IDC said Thursday. […]

Niraj Chokshi / New York Times: The FAA says it has reached a deal to let Verizon and AT&T expand their 5G cellular service near airports while allowing more aircraft to land safely  —  The federal agency said an agreement with Verizon and AT&T would enable the wireless providers to […]

Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple adds unlisted app distribution to the App Store, letting developers publish an app that can only be installed via a direct link and not found via search  —  Apple has deployed an interesting new App Store feature called ‘unlisted app distribution’.  This means a developer […]

David Shepardson / Reuters: A US Appeals Court upheld California’s net neutrality law, saying a 2017 decision by the FCC to reverse federal internet protections could not bar state action  —  A U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday upheld California’s net neutrality law, saying a 2017 decision by the Federal […]

Jordan Pearson / VICE: OpenSea says over 80% of NFTs minted for free on its service are plagiarized works, fake collections, and spam, but reverses decision to limit free NFT creation  —  After reversing course on a limit to the amount of free NFTs a user can create, OpenSea said […]