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May 27, 2022, 8:25 AM

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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.
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Microsoft confirms it is developing an HDMI device codenamed Keystone, that connects to any TV or monitor, and offers Xbox game streaming  —  The key to the cloud.  —  For a few years, rumors have persisted that Microsoft was exploring building some form of streaming stick …
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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
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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.
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.
Amy Lewin / Sifted:
Report: only 15% of GPs at European VC firms are women, managing just 9% of total assets; in the UK, 13% of GPs are women with access to just 5% of total assets  —  Across Europe as a whole, 85% of VC GPs are men.  —  In worse than the average in the UK, where 87% of GPs are men.
Agne Cimermanaite / Metaverse Post:
Jadu, which is developing an AR game built around virtual objects owned by players in a metaverse, raises $36M led by Bain Capital Crypto  —  Jadu Mirrorverse — an AR game built around virtual objects owned by the players — just raised $36M to help create the Web3 “definitive AR & gaming platform …
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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.

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