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January 29, 2021, 3:05 PM

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New York Times:
Robinhood says it raised emergency funding of $1B+ from its existing investors, as it faces an onslaught of demands on its cash amid a stock market frenzy  —  The no-fee trading app, which is popular with young investors, has been strained by the high volume of trading this week in stocks such as GameStop.
Jesse Westbrook / Bloomberg:
SEC says it “will closely review actions taken by regulated entities that may disadvantage investors” in trading certain securities  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, making its most specific comments about the recent mania in the stock market …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
After dogecoin spiked 800%+, Robinhood halted instant deposits for crypto purchases and restricted trading in cryptocurrencies on Friday  —  - Users reported that the trading app had halted instant deposits for crypto purchases on Friday.  — Robinhood confirmed the move …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Robinhood says it didn't proactively sell shares of GameStop, AMC, or any other buzzworthy stocks without traders' permission, denying claims made by some users  —  Traders say they intended to keep holding  —  No, Robinhood tells The Verge, it didn't sell off full shares of GameStop …
Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou / Bloomberg:
Robinhood is telling some users it may close out some of their positions as part of measures it is taking to reduce account risks  —  Robinhood Markets told users of its popular stock trading app that it may close out some of their positions as part of measures it's taking to reduce account risks.
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Wall Street Journal:
Investigators say suspected Russian hack extends far beyond SolarWinds, with ~30% of the victims having no connection to the software  —  Roughly 30% of victims are said to have no connection to the network-management company's tainted software  —  Investigators probing a massive hack …
Reuters:
Sources: Hyundai executives are divided over a potential tie-up with Apple, with some raising concerns about becoming a contract manufacturer  —  SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Executives in Hyundai Motor Co Group are divided over a potential tie-up with Apple Inc, with some raising concerns …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
A spot check finds a number of apps in Apple's App Store with inaccurate privacy nutrition labels that understate the amount of data they collect  —  Apple's plan to make iPhone apps be transparent about the data they take falls short of being helpful — or even accurate  —  You can trust Apple ... right?
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Facebook is developing newsletter tools for journalists and writers, including tools to help build followers, curate email lists, and offer paid subs  —  Facebook is working on newsletter tools for journalists and writers, according to three people familiar with the company's plans …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google Project Zero researcher discovers and details new security system on iOS 14 named BlastDoor, which provides an improved sandbox system for iMessage data  —  iOS 14 shipped with BlastDoor, a new sandbox system for processing iMessages data.  —  With the release of iOS 14 last fall …

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