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June 29, 2022, 12:30 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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:
NOAA triples its weather modeling capabilities and doubles its storage by adding two General Dynamics supercomputers for $505M, each operating at 12.1 petaflops  —  Last year, hurricanes hammered the Southern and Eastern US coasts at the cost of more than 160 lives and $70 billion in damages.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Meta tests Discord-like changes to Facebook Groups, adding a channels list in a left-aligned sidebar that can include audio rooms, text chats, and feed channels  —  New Groups changes seem inspired directly by Discord  —  Facebook Groups are about to get some big changes, and if you've used Discord …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Entrepreneur First, which invests in nascent startups, connects co-founders, and offers support, has raised a $158M Series C at a ~$560M valuation  —  Entrepreneur First made a name for itself a decade ago in its home base of London, and then further afield …
Iain Martin / Forbes:
A look at NGL, an app that lets Instagram users send anonymous DMs, and its content moderation challenges; Data.ai: NGL has 1.75M downloads since November 2021  —  A new app that allows Instagram users to send anonymous messages is soaring in popularity - and renewing concerns about cyberbullying …

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