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June 30, 2022, 2:35 PM

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Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Source: FTX walked away from a deal with Celsius after finding the crypto lender had a $2B hole in its balance sheet and was difficult to deal with  —  - FTX was interested in making a deal with Celsius but walked away because of the state of its finances, two sources told The Block.
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Sources: FTX is close to finalizing a term sheet to buy BlockFi for around $25M; BlockFi was last valued at $4.8B, per PitchBook  —  - Crypto exchange FTX is close to finalizing a term sheet to buy BlockFi and a deal is expected to be signed by the end of this week, three sources familiar with the situation told CNBC.
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
CoinFlex postpones resuming withdrawals; CEO says they will return “as soon as possible, upon a successful raise” but won't share how much its token has raised  —  Cryptocurrency exchange CoinFlex won't resume withdrawals Thursday as it had planned as it continues to raise funds …
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Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
OpenSea warns all its users of email phishing attempts after an employee at email vendor Customer.io downloaded and sent email details to an external party  —  Opensea, the popular NFT marketplace that hit a colossal $13 billion valuation in January, is warning users of email phishing after a data breach.
Joanna Ossinger / Bloomberg:
Bitcoin is on track for its worst quarter since Q3 2011, plunging 58%, after sliding 6%+ to fall below $19,000 on Thursday, the second time in a fortnight  —  Bitcoin is on track for its worst quarter in more than a decade, as more hawkish central banks and a string of high-profile crypto blowups hammer sentiment.
Ari Notis / Kotaku:
Unity lays off “slightly more than 200 people”, or 4% of its workforce, two weeks after the CEO said at an all-hands meeting that there would not be any layoffs  —  Management at the company behind the free game development engine has been a ‘shit show’ recently, sources say
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple's CarPlay update, demoed at WWDC 2022, will let users tap an app to navigate to a pump and buy gas from its dashboard as early as this fall  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) wants you to start buying gas directly from your car dashboard as early as this fall, when the newest version …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple says South Korean app developers can now use external payment methods from KCP, Inicis, Toss, and NICE by submitting a new app version, saving 4% in fees  —  Earlier this year, Apple announced that it would comply with a new law in South Korea that required the company to allow third-party payment providers in App Store apps.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google updates its built-in password manager for Chrome and Android with the option to manually add passwords across all platforms, a unified design, and more  —  A ‘simplified and unified management experience’ is also on the way  —  Google is updating its built-in password manager …
Joyce Lee / Reuters:
Samsung becomes the first company to mass produce 3nm chips, beating TSMC, touting up to 45% lower power usage over 5nm chips, 23% more performance, and more  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said on Thursday it has begun mass producing chips with advanced 3-nanometre technology …
Reuters:
An investigation details an Indian hacking-for-hire scheme to obtain documents in legal cases, starting in 2013 and targeting 100+ US and European organizations  —  A trove of thousands of email records uncovered by Reuters reveals Indian cyber mercenaries hacking parties involved …
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Documents show Amazon has restricted items and search results related to LGBTQ people and issues in the UAE, after the Emirati government threatened penalties  —  Sales of items including flags and books were blocked in the country, where homosexuality is criminalized.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Grayscale Investments sues the US SEC after the agency rejected its application on Wednesday to convert its flagship Grayscale Bitcoin Trust product to an ETF  —  The SEC rejected Grayscale's application to convert its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust to an exchange-traded fund earlier Wednesday.
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Internal memo: Chief Product Officer Chris Cox says Meta is bracing for a leaner H2 and “teams should not expect vast influxes of new engineers and budgets”  —  (Reuters) - Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc is bracing for a leaner second half of the year, as it copes …
Wired:
Section 230 is the last line of defense for abortion speech online, without which platforms could face legal liability for distributing abortion information  —  Dobbs should be a wake-up call for anyone seeking to undercut the immunity protections afforded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Financial Times:
An investigation details an operation by Chinese hacking group APT40 to lure graduates who studied English into translating stolen documents via a front company  —  FT investigation reveals student translators were targeted by front company for Beijing-backed hacking group APT40
TechCrunch:
Meta says it is rolling out NFT support on Facebook, allowing select US creators to display NFTs on their profiles, after adding the feature to Instagram in May  —  After debuting NFT support on Instagram in May, Meta has launched digital collectibles support on Facebook with select creators.
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Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
An in-depth look at the 2016 Bitfinex hack and US government's case against Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan, aka Razzlekhan, over alleged money laundering  —  The hackers had been inside the Bitfinex servers for weeks before attempting the heist.  They'd watched users on the cryptocurrency exchange buy and sell Bitcoins.

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