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Dutch social enterprise Fairphone, which makes sustainable, modular consumer electronics, raised €49M in "growth capital", bringing its total funding to ~€86.6M (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Dutch social enterprise Fairphone, which makes sustainable, modular consumer electronics, raised €49M in “growth capital”, bringing its total funding to ~€86.6M  —  Dutch social enterprise Fairphone, which makes modular and — the claim is — more sustainable …

An in-depth analysis of Yandex's leaked source code shows 17,854 ranking factors, scraping Google, Bing, YouTube, and TikTok, "Vital Hosts" boosts, and more (Michael King/Search Engine Land)

Michael King / Search Engine Land: An in-depth analysis of Yandex's leaked source code shows 17,854 ranking factors, scraping Google, Bing, YouTube, and TikTok, “Vital Hosts” boosts, and more  —  Yandex isn't Google, but there is a lot SEOs can learn about how a modern search engine is built from reviewing this codebase.

Spotify reports Q4 revenue up 18% YoY to €3.2B and a €270M loss, up from €39M YoY, as operating costs rose 44% YoY; paying subscribers were up 10M to 205M (Anna Nicolaou/Financial Times)

Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times: Spotify reports Q4 revenue up 18% YoY to €3.2B and a €270M loss, up from €39M YoY, as operating costs rose 44% YoY; paying subscribers were up 10M to 205M  —  Music streaming group adds subscribers but is hit by rise in operating expenses  —  Spotify's losses ballooned …

Instagram launches Notes, its AIM-like text status feature, in Europe and Japan, delayed to comply with local laws, expanding on Asia, North America, and LatAm (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Jay Peters / The Verge: Instagram launches Notes, its AIM-like text status feature, in Europe and Japan, delayed to comply with local laws, expanding on Asia, North America, and LatAm  —  Instagram Notes, the social network's recently launched text status feature that reminds me of the AOL Instant Messenger away messages …

A draft EU proposal details plans to ask Netflix, Alphabet, and other "large traffic generators" to help pay for next-generation internet infrastructure (Jillian Deutsch/Bloomberg)

Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg: A draft EU proposal details plans to ask Netflix, Alphabet, and other “large traffic generators” to help pay for next-generation internet infrastructure  —  The European Union is weighing a proposal to make technology companies that use the most bandwidth, like Netflix Inc. and Alphabet Inc. …

Independent examiner: Celsius misled investors and sometimes used new customer funds to pay for withdrawals, CEO Alex Mashinsky made false claims, and more (Jack Schickler/CoinDesk)

Jack Schickler / CoinDesk: Independent examiner: Celsius misled investors and sometimes used new customer funds to pay for withdrawals, CEO Alex Mashinsky made false claims, and more  —  Shoba Pillay was appointed by a New York bankruptcy court to look at whether the crypto lender operated as a Ponzi scheme

Manu Jain, who led Xiaomi's India business for seven years, leaves, joining a long list of key departures; sources say he pitched investors on EV startup ideas (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Manu Jain, who led Xiaomi's India business for seven years, leaves, joining a long list of key departures; sources say he pitched investors on EV startup ideas  —  Manu Jain, the executive who helped Xiaomi set up and scale business in India, has left the company, he said Monday …

Amazon's third-party "seller services", a large and growing part of the company's revenue that is also profitable, has filled its Marketplace with junk products (John Herrman/New York Magazine)

John Herrman / New York Magazine: Amazon's third-party “seller services”, a large and growing part of the company's revenue that is also profitable, has filled its Marketplace with junk products  —  Let's say you're a regular Amazon shopper in need of a spatula.  You might start your journey by typing the word …

Samsung reports a ~$1.38B mobile profit in Q4, down from ~$2.15B in Q4 2021, and says its 2023 chip investment will be similar to 2022, in contrast to rivals (Reuters)

Reuters: Samsung reports a ~$1.38B mobile profit in Q4, down from ~$2.15B in Q4 2021, and says its 2023 chip investment will be similar to 2022, in contrast to rivals  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) on Tuesday indicated it has no plan to cut investment in chips this year …

Sources: Sony halves its Q1 PlayStation VR2 shipment forecast to ~1M units after disappointing early preorders; the headset will be launched on February 22 (Takashi Mochizuki/Bloomberg)

Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg: Sources: Sony halves its Q1 PlayStation VR2 shipment forecast to ~1M units after disappointing early preorders; the headset will be launched on February 22  —  Sony Group Corp. reduced projections for the initial launch of its PlayStation VR2 headset dramatically after early pre-orders disappointed …

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