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June 20, 2022, 6:55 PM

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Yogita Khatri / The Block:
After suspending withdrawals on June 17, Babel Finance reaches “preliminary agreements on the repayment period of some debts”, helping ease liquidity pressure  —  - Babel Finance says it has reached “preliminary agreements” with major counterparties “on the repayment period of some debts.”
Celsius Blog:
After pausing withdrawals, Swap, and transfers last week, Celsius asks for more time to stabilize its liquidity and operations and halts Twitter Spaces and AMAs  —  It has been one week since we paused withdrawals, Swap, and transfers.  We want our community to know that our objective continues …
Bloomberg:
David Gura / NPR:
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried blames the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates for 2022's crypto crash, resulting in an investor risk “recalibration”  —  Cryptocurrencies are going through a spectacular crash and the head of one of the largest crypto exchanges …
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Crypto broker Voyager Digital secures a $485M loan from FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried's Alameda Research, including $200M credit and 15,000 bitcoins, worth ~$285M  —  Crypto broker Voyager Digital Ltd said it secured loans from Alameda Research, the trading outfit from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg demos prototype VR headsets from Reality Labs, none of which will ship, that Meta refers to as “time machines” used to test one specific feature  —  Meta's Reality Labs division has revealed new prototypes in its roadmap toward lightweight, hyper-realistic virtual reality graphics.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Solend Labs, a “decentralized” lending protocol on Solana, overturns a controversial DAO vote to take over a whale's account that had deposited ~$5.7M SOL  —  - Solend has invalidated yesterday's controversial DAO decision to take over its largest user account.
Financial Times:
NetEase delays Diablo Immortal's China release after the game's Weibo account alluded to Winnie the Pooh, a way to derisively refer to President Xi Jinping  —  Cartoon bear is often used to criticise President Xi Jinping and has been blacklisted by censors  —  Shares in NetEase dropped …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura add an Automatic Verification option, which lets users bypass CAPTCHAs on websites and in apps that support the feature  —  Tapping on images of traffic lights or deciphering squiggly text to prove you are human will soon be a much less common nuisance for iPhone users …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Telegram passes 700M MAUs and unveils Telegram Premium, which will let users follow up to 1,000 channels, send files up to 4GB, and more, for $5 to $6 per month  —  Telegram has amassed 700 million monthly active users and is rolling out a premium tier with additional features …
ProPublica:
Analysis: despite claiming to reject gun ads, Google accepted ads from the 15 top US firearms sellers between March 9 and June 6, generating 120M+ impressions  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.
Nico Grant / New York Times:
Some SMB owners complain about Google ending its G Suite legacy free edition after more than a decade on August 1, arguing it lured them with a free service  —  Google is charging some small businesses for email and other apps after more than a decade of free use.  Business owners say Google is being callous.

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