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June 17, 2022, 12:00 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Elon Musk addressed Twitter employees for the first time since agreeing to buy the company in April, discussing potential layoffs, moderation, and more  —  Tesla Inc. Chief Executive officer Elon Musk discussed his stance on what types of content should be allowed on Twitter Inc.'s social network …
Financial Times:
Sources: BlockFi was among the groups that liquidated at least some positions held by Three Arrows Capital, which failed to meet margin calls this past weekend  —  BlockFi was among a clutch of firms that liquidated the Singapore-based group's positions  —  Three Arrows Capital failed …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The Markup:
Analysis: 33 of the top 100 US hospitals used the Meta Pixel tracker, sending to Facebook data including medical conditions, prescriptions, and appointments  —  Experts say some hospitals' use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find a link between Indian police and hackers who planted evidence in 2018 on the PCs of human rights activists jailed on terrorism charges  —  New details connect police in India to a plot to plant evidence on victims' computers that led to their arrest.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Andy Jassy's first year as Amazon CEO, as he seeks to reverse some of Jeff Bezos' aggressive pandemic investments, close physical stores, and more  —  Amid one of the worst stretches for financial performance in Amazon's history, the new CEO is working to cut back the excesses …
Katie Collins / CNET:
The EU toughens its disinformation Code of Practice, covering deepfakes, bots, fake accounts, and more; Meta, Google, TikTok, Twitter, and others have signed up  —  What's happening The EU strengthens rules around how tech companies tackle problems such as deepfake videos, bots and fake accounts.
Ed Smith / PCGamesN:
Activision Blizzard says its internal review found there is “no widespread harassment, pattern or practice of harassment, or systemic harassment” at the company  —  Following a series of lawsuits, and claims of misconduct, an internal investigation by Activision concludes there is “no widespead harassment” - at Activision
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
TikTok's global business solutions head says TikTok is an entertainment platform, not a social network like Facebook, and hasn't seen a slowdown in ad revenue  —  - Facebook is openly copying TikTok, and calling it out as a significant competitor.  — But Blake Chandlee …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Reddit will acquire Spell, a platform for running machine learning experiments founded in 2016 by a former Facebook engineer, for an undisclosed amount  —  Reddit announced Thursday that it would buy Spell, a platform for running machine learning experiments, for an undisclosed amount.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
The White House launches a task force to examine whether existing federal laws are adequate to address online abuse and recommend changes by the end of 2022  —  Group will create recommendations for governments, companies and schools to address the link between online harassment and violence in the wake of mass shootings
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Discord announces the widespread availability of its built-in autonomous moderation tool AutoMod, and expands Premium Memberships to more eligible US servers  —  AutoMod is getting a widespread rollout  —  Today, Discord is announcing widespread availability of AutoMod …
Brody Ford / Bloomberg:
Vendr, which helps companies manage SaaS purchasing, has raised a $150M Series B co-led by Craft Ventures and Vision Fund 2 at a $1B valuation  —  Vendr Inc., a firm that centralizes business software purchasing and management, announced it was valued at $1 billion after a $150 million funding round …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India-based FanClash, which lets users compete with one another with fantasy esports teams via its mobile app, raised a $40M Series B led by Alpha Wave Global  —  Millions of Indians each year assemble virtual sports teams, placing their hopes on the players they pick to perform exceedingly well in real-world matches.
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