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May 27, 2022, 12:00 AM

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Politico:
Sources: a bipartisan bill that would ban Big Tech companies from favoring their products faces resistance from some Senate Democrats worried about the midterms  —  A bipartisan legislative effort to rein in the nation's largest tech companies is facing fresh resistance from a faction …
The Markup:
An investigation finds Apple, Meta, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have launched a coordinated campaign in 31 states against data privacy legislation since 2021  —  Coordinated industry lobbying is overwhelming the scattered efforts of consumer groups and privacy-minded lawmakers
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Tether enters Latin America by launching the MXNT stablecoin, pegged to the Mexican peso, initially available on the Ethereum, Tron, and Polygon blockchains  —  Quick Take  — Tether has launched a new stablecoin pegged 1:1 to the Mexican peso.  — It will be initially available on Ethereum, Tron and Polygon.
Chavi Mehta / Reuters:
Broadcom offers to acquire VMware for ~$61B in cash and stock, paying $142.50 per share, a nearly 49% premium, and will assume VMware's $8B in net debt  —  May 26 (Reuters) - Broadcom Inc (AVGO.O) said on Thursday it will buy cloud service provider VMware Inc (VMW.N) in a $61 billion cash …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
A Twitter shareholder sues Elon Musk and Twitter over the handling of the acquisition, saying Musk engaged “in conduct designed to create doubt about the deal”  —  - Since Musk's acquisition bid, Twitter's share price has dropped more than 12%, and Tesla's is down about 28% as part of a broad sell-off in tech stocks.
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: Substack dropped efforts to raise money, after talks to raise $75M-$100M at a $750M-$1B valuation, during which the company said 2021 revenue was ~$9M  —  Amid an industrywide downturn, venture investors are preaching austerity and halting new deals, particularly for companies that have spent aggressively on growth.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft plans to slow hiring in Windows, Office, and Teams groups, citing a need to realign staffing priorities; EVP Rajesh Jha must approve all new hires  —  Microsoft Corp. will slow hiring in its Windows, Office and Teams chat and conferencing software groups, citing a need …
Kyle Alspach / Protocol:
Cloud security startup Lacework, which employed 1,000+ in March 2022, lays off 20% of its workforce; Lacework has raised $1.85B including $1.3B in November 2021  —  A well-funded startup in the cybersecurity industry, Lacework, has become the latest tech firm to disclose a major round …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
A profile of Stripe co-founders John and Patrick Collison; sources: Stripe gross revenue rose 60% YoY to nearly $12B in 2021 as net revenue reached almost $2.5B  —  Billionaire brothers John and Patrick Collison built Stripe into one of the world's most-hyped, highest valued — and profitable! — startups, worth some $95 billion.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Bolt Financial laid off 185 employees, or about one-third of its workforce; some have to repay loans they took from the company for vested shares within 90 days  —  One-click checkout company Bolt Financial yesterday laid off 185 employees, or approximately one-third of its workforce …
Sam Nussey / Reuters:
Sony plans to ramp up PlayStation 5 production as supply chain issues ease, and a radical broadening of its game portfolio, including more PC and mobile titles  —  Sony Group Corp (6758.T) said it plans to ramp up production of its PlayStation 5 console as supply chain snarls ease and signalled …
Michael Tobin / Bloomberg:
Instacart plans to slow hiring as it prepares for its IPO, after hiring over 1,500 staff in 2021; Instacart cut its valuation by 40% to $24B in March 2022  —  Grocery delivery startup Instacart Inc. is planning to slow the pace of hiring as it prepares for an initial public offering, focusing instead on profitability.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Poland-based Nomagic, which makes pick-and-place warehouse robots, raises a $22M Series A led by Khosla Ventures, Almaz Capital, and European Investment Bank  —  Robotics are playing a growing role in the world of e-commerce logistics and fulfillment — where they are seen not just as a way to speed …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
New York-based Parallel Learning, a telehealth service focused on students with learning challenges, raises a $20M Series A led by Tiger Global  —  If a kid is having trouble at school, one of the standard steps is to schedule an assessment for conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, or anything else that might require a special approach.
Bloomberg:
The tech market collapse, aided by macroeconomic forces, is an opportunity to reckon with wildly inflated valuations, overpaid VCs, and crypto pyramid schemes  —  Over the past half-century, Silicon Valley has toggled between two similar-sounding pursuits that are often in conflict: wealth creation and moneymaking.
Isabela Fleischmann EN / Bloomberg Línea:
Source: Brazilian e-commerce startup Vtex, which has an $820M market cap, cut ~200 jobs, or 13% of its workforce; Mexican crypto exchange Bitso cut 80+ staff  —  Bloomberg Línea — Latin American unicorns Vtex and Bitso laid off hundreds of employees on Thursday (May 26).
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Q&A with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney on creating the metaverse, Unreal Engine's role, Apple's and Google's app store monopolies, Meta's metaverse investment, and more  —  Online game Fortnite is arguably the closest thing to the metaverse that exists today.  Some 70mn gamers immerse themselves …
Sujith Somraaj / Decrypt:
Binance, FTX, Crypto.com, Huobi, Bitfinex, Kucoin, and other exchanges pledge support for Do Kwon's Terra 2.0, set to launch on May 27 by airdropping tokens  —  Cryptocurrency exchanges have pledged support to Terra's upcoming relaunch, following the passing of a proposal to launch a new blockchain.

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