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June 30, 2022, 12:55 PM

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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.
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.
CoinDesk:
Sources: digital asset trading company Genesis is potentially facing “a few hundred million dollars” in losses, partly through exposure to 3AC and Babel Finance  —  The DCG-owned trading colossus is said to have suffered nine-figure losses partly through exposure to Three Arrows Capital and Babel Finance.
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
CoinFlex postpones plans to resume withdrawals, saying they will return “as soon as possible”, as its CEO declines to share how much its rvUSD token has raised  —  Cryptocurrency exchange CoinFlex won't resume withdrawals Thursday as it had planned as it continues to raise funds …
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.
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 …
Ari Notis / Kotaku:
Unity lays off over 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
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 version, reducing fees by 4%  —  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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
EU lawmakers provisionally agree on anti-laundering rules for crypto, requiring verified customer identities for transfers between regulated digital wallets  —  The European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement to force crypto providers to provide identifying information …
Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent, ByteDance, and others lay off thousands of employees, after Chinese internet companies cut tens of thousands during regulatory crackdowns  —  Latest round of job cuts at Chinese tech giants comes even as Beijing signals easing of its regulatory campaign against the sector
Wall Street Journal:
Researchers warn that some businesses exaggerate AI's capabilities, brewing misunderstanding and distorting policymakers' views of AI's power and fallibility  —  Google, Meta and OpenAI are investing heavily in the technology, which is increasingly capturing the public imagination

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