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June 23, 2022, 8:40 AM

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Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon is working on letting Alexa mimic any voice after hearing less than a minute of audio, as a way to “make the memories last” of deceased family members  —  Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company's voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother — or anyone else.
Sander Lutz / Decrypt:
Coinbase plans to shut down its standalone, trader-focused Pro service by the end of 2022 and replace it with Advanced Trade across its main app and website  —  The standalone service will be replaced by Advanced Trade, a feature within the main Coinbase app.
Wall Street Journal:
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Meta rebrands Facebook Pay as Meta Pay; Mark Zuckerberg says Meta is working on an interoperable “wallet for the metaverse” that will have “proof of ownership”  —  Also, the Meta Pay rebrand is here  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook Pay …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Brave says its search engine had 411.7M queries in May, up ~5,000% since its June 2021 launch, and launches Goggles, which lets users customize searches  —  Brave Search, the browser developer's privacy-centric Internet search engine, is celebrating its first anniversary after surpassing 2.5 billion queries …
Bloomberg:
A profile of Changpeng Zhao, who built Binance into the largest crypto exchange, as he navigates a regulatory crackdown in a brutal crypto winter  —  During the first few months of this year—back when buying digital tokens named after dog memes was still seen, at least in some of the most …
Maddie Ellis / Wall Street Journal:
Instagram begins testing tools to verify ages, starting with 17 or under, using either Yoti's facial analysis tech, photo IDs, or adults vouching for users  —  Meta's new policy will make it tougher for teens to update to adult accounts.  But they can still lie about their age in the first place
Francisco Pires / Tom's Hardware:
Cerebras says its “wafer-scale” chip sets a record for the largest AI model trained on a single device with up to 20B parameters  —  Democratizing large AI Models without HPC scaling requirements.  —  Cerebras, the company behind the world's largest accelerator chip in existence …
Financial Times:
Singapore's fintech policy chief says the country will be “brutal and unrelentingly hard” on “any market bad behaviour” in the crypto industry  —  Stance marks shift in rhetoric from city-state that had courted digital currency companies
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast and Google have emerged as the top contenders to help Netflix develop an ad-supported tier, and Netflix has discussed ad partnerships with Roku  —  Deals with the streaming company could include exclusive agreements and revenue-sharing  —  Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal …
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell says she does not support the bipartisan privacy bill, a significant blow to long-stalled federal data protections  —  Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell said she's not close to supporting a major proposal, dealing a significant blow to efforts to revive the long-stalled bill
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
London-based BNPL service Playter raised $55M in equity and debt led by Adit Ventures and Fasanara Capital, following a $1.7M seed in March 2022  —  Europe has no shortage of ‘buy now, pay later’ startups and a quick search is revealing.  Berlin-based fintech startup Mondu has taken …
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Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
eBay acquires NFT marketplace KnownOrigin for an undisclosed sum; DappRadar: KnownOrigin enabled $7.8M in digital collectible trade volume since its 2018 launch  —  The move comes one month after eBay released its debut collection of NFTs.  —  E-commerce giant eBay (EBAY) …

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