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January 30, 2021, 2:00 AM

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Under the Hood:
Robinhood explains why it placed restrictions on certain securities over the past week, says its clearinghouse-mandated deposit for equities increased tenfold  —  With the extraordinary market activity this week, and the temporary restrictions we put in place on certain securities …
Wall Street Journal:
Profile of the trader known as DeepFuckingValue on r/WallStreetBets, who began investing in GameStop and explaining why in YouTube videos starting in mid-2019  —  Trader known as DeepF—ingValue on the WallStreetBets forum helped turn the investing world upside down.  “I didn't expect this.”
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 …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Robinhood has placed trade restrictions on more than 50 stocks as of Friday and limited the purchase of some stocks, like GameStop, to a single share  —  The company is giving us numbers for what ‘limited buys’ really means  —  Robinhood only wants users to have a limited number of shares …
John Herrman / New York Times:
Reddit's uncommon qualities as a community platform, inspiring nihilism and humor, may explain why r/WallStreetBets' growth feels reminiscent of r/The_Donald  —  Reddit communities grow powerful in plain sight.  Why do they keep taking the world by surprise?
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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Paresh Dave / Reuters:
New York Times:
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Graphika: Huawei officials retweeted messages from fake accounts on Twitter to spread a pro-5G influence campaign in Belgium; Huawei is investigating the claim  —  A covert online push to sway telecommunications policy in favor of the Chinese company may presage a new twist in social manipulation.
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is overhauling its political program, outsourcing its advocacy work, and launching a criminal justice reform group with a $350M fund  —  The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are making the largest structural change to their philanthropy since they launched it five years ago.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook's Oversight Board is taking public comments on Facebook's decision to ban Trump and if it complied with “freedom of expression and human rights”  —  The board is taking submissions until February 5th  —  Facebook's Oversight Board, the independent body empowered to review …

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