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April 7, 2022, 3:35 PM

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Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
One-click checkout service Bolt acquires crypto payments startup Wyre, sources say for around $1.5B, which would make it the largest non-SPAC crypto merger yet  —  Deal extends crypto's hot M&A market following record deal activity in 2021  —  Bolt Financial Inc., a payments-focused financial …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Coinbase adds support for the popular UPI payment method in India, making the cryptocurrency exchange functional in the world's second-largest internet market  —  Coinbase is adding support for the popular UPI payment instrument in India, making its eponymous cryptocurrency exchange functional …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google releases “multisearch” for Lens, letting users ask questions about photos and screenshots, in beta for US users in English on Android and iOS  —  One of the most interesting announcements at Google's Search-focused keynote in September was a big upgrade to Lens that lets you take a photo and ask questions about it.
Alyse Stanley / Washington Post:
Epic Games and Lego partner to “shape the future of the metaverse” by building a digital experience where children can play safely online, but offer few details  —  Epic Games has already outlined ambitious plans for the metaverse and Thursday the “Fortnite” maker announced it intends to build part of it with Legos.
CoinDesk:
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gives her first speech on digital assets, saying a CBDC “would require years of development, not months”, and more  —  The U.S. official addressed CBDCs, stablecoins and regulations.  —  A digital dollar could become a “trusted money comparable …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Activision Blizzard will convert all its 1,100 temporary and contingent QA workers to full-time employees on July 1 and raise the minimum hourly rate to $20  —  Nearly 1,100 temp game testers are getting full-time jobs with benefits  —  Activision Blizzard has just announced that all temporary …
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Mila Kunis, and other celebrities are pushing women to invest in NFTs, which critics say is a self-serving feminism centered on white women  —  Gwyneth Paltrow and Mila Kunis joined a Zoom in January to encourage 5,000 women in the audience to break into the male-dominated world of crypto.
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
OpenSea adds Solana NFT trading support in beta with limited coverage of just 165 collections; a marketplace search shows 865K NFTs minted on Solana  —  At long last, Solana support is finally live on OpenSea—in beta mode.  —  In brief  — Solana NFTs have been added to OpenSea, the largest overall NFT marketplace.
Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Blockchain audit service CertiK raises an $88M Series B3 led by Insight, Tiger Global and Advent at a $2B valuation, bringing its total funding to $230M  —  CertiK, a Web3 and blockchain security company, has raised $88 million in its latest round, bringing its valuation to $2 billion.
Naomi Nix / Washington Post:
Meta disrupts covert influence operations by Belarus- and Russia-linked actors targeting Ukrainians, like hacking Ukrainian military staff's Facebook accounts  —  Facebook said Thursday it disrupted several covert influence operations targeting Ukrainians, as the company has intensified …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Twitter tests Unmentioning, a feature that lets users select “leave this conversation” on a tweet to avoid notifications, with some users on the web  —  Twitter might not have an edit button just yet, but it's still delivering at least one useful feature this week.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway discloses the purchase of nearly 121M shares of HP, worth ~$4.2B, for an 11.4% stake; HP's stock is up 15%+  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) disclosed on Wednesday that it has purchased nearly 121 million shares of HP Inc (HPQ.N), the latest in a series …
Song Jung-a / Financial Times:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
OpenPhone, which provides SMBs with a business phone line through its mobile app, raises a $40M Series B led by Tiger Global, bringing its total funding to $56M  —  Pam answering the phone at Dunder Mifflin become one of the most iconic refrains of life at The Office, and it's really no wonder that it did …
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Matt Burgess / Wired:
New data-sharing proposals in Europe push for expanding retrospective facial recognition and letting police forces across the EU link their photo databases  —  Lawmakers advance proposals to let police forces across the EU link their photo databases—which include millions of pictures of people's faces.
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Mandiant and CrowdStrike partner to help customers detect, investigate, and respond to threats; Mandiant will begin deploying CrowdStrike's protection tools  —  Two of the most prominent U.S. cybersecurity companies have struck a deal to work more closely together, extending a trend …

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