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After a blockbuster year for venture capital deals, some investors worry the boom times may not last much longer. 

Tech start-ups raised a record $621 billion in venture funding globally in 2021, according to CB Insights, up more than double from a year earlier. The number of privately held “unicorn” firms valued at $1 billion or more rose 69% to 959.

Private companies such as Stripe and Klarna saw their valuations swell to the tens of billions of dollars, aided by a flood of

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A little insight into the smartphone market, ahead of Apple Inc.’s earnings report due out on Thursday, came from what many may see as an unlikely source — N95 face masks, Post-it Notes and Scotch tape maker 3M Co.:


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— Nick Gangestad, 3M’s chief financial officer, according to a FactSet transcript

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makes Ultra Clear screen protectors, Command clear smartphone stations, the Peltor WS-CUSH wireless earmuff and noise-canceling

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Technology stocks and ETFs have been star performers of this year. The coronavirus outbreak could not take the sheen out of this sector, rather added more to it. Social distancing norms enacted globally to mitigate the spread of the virus compelled people to stay at home, binge on online shopping and work as well as learn from home.

However, after such a steep rally amid the pandemic, big tech stocks are now deemed overvalued by some investors. Amazon AMZN, Netflix NFLX, Alphabet GOOGL and Microsoft MSFT all lost in recent trading sessions.

One reason behind this big tech slump could

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