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June 29, 2022, 6:10 PM

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Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: a British Virgin Islands court ordered the liquidation of Singapore-based Three Arrows Capital on June 27; Teneo will handle the insolvency process  —  A court in the British Virgin Islands has ordered the liquidation of Singapore-based Three Arrows Capital, underlining the crisis gripping …
Steven Ehrlich / Forbes:
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Snap launches Snapchat+, offering exclusive, experimental, and pre-release Snapchat features for $3.99 per month, starting in nine countries  —  No, it doesn't let you turn off ads  —  Starting this week, Snap will begin offering an optional subscription called Snapchat Plus that unlocks exclusive and early access features.
Josh Smith / Reuters:
Experts say the crypto crash has wiped out millions of dollars stolen by North Korean hackers, threatening a key source of funding and its weapons programs  —  The nosedive in cryptocurrency markets has wiped out millions of dollars in funds stolen by North Korean hackers, four digital investigators say …
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
The FCC's Brendan Carr writes to Apple and Google asking they remove TikTok from app stores over China-related security concerns or provide statements by July 8  —  - Brendan Carr, one of the FCC's commissioners, shared Tuesday via Twitter a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Firefox now offers a feature to strip some web tracking parameters from URLs, including HubSpot, Marketo, and Meta, following similar functionality in Brave  —  Mozilla Firefox 102 was released today with a new privacy feature that strips parameters from URLs that are used to track you around the web.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Tesla laid off ~200 Autopilot workers, most of them hourly and focused on data labeling, and closes its San Mateo office, as part of broader reductions  —  Tesla Inc. laid off hundreds of workers on its Autopilot team as the electric-vehicle maker shuttered a California facility, according to people familiar with the matter.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail sophisticated malware targeting various routers and taking over Windows, macOS, and Linux devices, in North America and Europe for ~2 years  —  Router-stalking ZuoRAT is likely the work of a sophisticated nation-state, researchers say.  —  An unusually advanced hacking group …
Raymond Wong / Input:
Carl Pei says Nothing phone (1) will use the mid-range Snapdragon 778G+, not the high-end 8 Gen 1, citing a balance of cost, performance, and power consumption  —  By the time Nothing's July 12 launch event for the Phone (1) comes around, there won't be much (if anything) left to announce for the transparent Android smartphone.
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
Forbes estimates the 16 richest crypto billionaires lost $59B+ between March and June, led by Binance's Changpeng Zhao, as retail investors suffer heavy losses  —  No cryptocurrency investor has been spared the pain of plunging prices.  But the fallout from more than $700 billion in losses is far from even.
Stephen Alpher / CoinDesk:
MicroStrategy purchased 480 bitcoins at a $20,817 average price from May 3 to June 28, bringing its holdings to 129,699, acquired for ~$3.98B or $30,664 each  —  The company disclosed the acquisition of another 480 bitcoins, bringing total holdings to 129,699 coins.
Wall Street Journal:
Internal documents from 2021 show Celsius issued large loans backed by little collateral while pitching itself as less risky than a bank with better returns  —  The lender had little cushion in the event of a downturn or mass withdrawals, investor documents show
Jack Schickler / CoinDesk:
EU lawmakers agree on anti-money laundering rules for crypto, requiring a verified customer identity for transfers between regulated digital wallet providers  —  A Wednesday meeting secured a final deal on anti-money laundering legislation for crypto transfers and largely overturned a proposal …
Michael Bellusci / CoinDesk:
CoinFlex CEO Mark Lamb says crypto investor Roger Ver owes the exchange $47M in USDC, after Ver denied “some rumors” he defaulted on a debt to a counterparty  —  The crypto exchange is launching a recovery token because of debt owed by a high-net-worth customer.
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go, lays off 8% of its staff, around 85 to 90 people, and cancels four projects; Niantic was valued at $9B in November 2021  —  Gaming company Niantic Inc., which has struggled to find another big hit following its 2016 game Pokémon Go …

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