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June 17, 2022, 1:40 PM

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Emily Baker-White / BuzzFeed News:
Leaked audio from 80+ internal TikTok meetings shows that ByteDance staff in China accessed data about US TikTok users between September 2021 and January 2022  —  For years, TikTok has responded to data privacy concerns by promising that information gathered about users in the United States …
Serena Ng / Wall Street Journal:
Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital is exploring financial options, including asset sales and a rescue by another firm, and says it invested ~$200M in Luna  —  Firm's founders say they still believe in the future of cryptocurrencies  —  Cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund Three Arrows Capital Ltd …
Financial Times:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The UK publishes its final response to a data reform consultation to diverge from EU rules, including replacing cookie consent pop-ups with browser opt-outs  —  The UK government has published its final response to a data ‘reform’ consultation it kicked off last year, laying out how it intends …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Bloomberg:
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
A group of Senate Democrats calls on the US Commerce Department to follow the EU and create a strategy to require a common charging port for all mobile devices  —  No more Lightning ports?  —  A group of Senate Democrats is calling on the US Commerce Department to follow Europe's lead …
The Verge:
Snap is internally testing Snapchat Plus, a paid subscription service that will give users early access to exclusive, experimental, and pre-release features  —  It's currently in “early internal testing”  —  Snap is doing internal tests of a paid subscription called Snapchat Plus …
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Sources: SpaceX fired employees who helped write and distribute an open letter calling Elon Musk's behavior “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment”  —  In an email, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, said the letter had made other employees “feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied.”
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Reuters:
Sources: China's central bank accepted Ant Group's application to set up a financial holding company, a key step in a year-long revamp of the fintech business  —  China's central bank has accepted Ant Group's application to set up a financial holding company, three people with knowledge of the matter said …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Prague-based online grocery delivery service Rohlik raised a €220M Series D led by Sofina and says its business has ~1M customers and had €500M in 2021 revenue  —  The salad days are over for many startups in the online food delivery sector.  Following a long period of cash injections …
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Some UK creators say they abandoned TikTok Shop's e-commerce program due to poor pay, long hours, and having to take flak for limited stock and shipping issues  —  Content creators say ‘livestream’ model means they earn less and now take flak for limited stock and shipping issues
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
TSMC details its roadmap: a high volume 3nm chip production starting in H2 2022, with five 3nm-class N3 node iterations, and 2nm-class N2 introduction in 2025  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on Thursday kicked off its 2022 TSMC Technology Symposium, where the company traditionally shares …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Klarna is in talks with investors about funding at a ~$15B valuation, down from its $45.6B valuation in June 2021; source: a deal could yield $500M+  —  The SoftBank-backed, buy-now-pay-later startup is discussing raising cash at a valuation around $15 billion, down from 2021's near $46 billion valuation
Financial Times:
Blockchain.com data: bitcoin's hash rate has fallen 4% since the start of the week, as the total value of revenues paid to miners fell to a nearly one-year low  —  Share prices of companies that validate crypto transactions have tumbled over the past month  —  Bitcoin miners are scaling …

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