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June 30, 2022, 2:50 AM

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CoinDesk:
Sources: digital asset trading firm Genesis is potentially facing “hundreds of millions” of 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.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
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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 …
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.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Docs: Coinbase is selling features of its intelligence-gathering tool Coinbase Tracer to ICE, letting ICE track crypto transactions including bitcoin and ether  —  Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, is selling Immigrations and Customs Enforcement a suite …
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 …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Firefox now offers a feature to strip some web trackers of Meta, HubSpot, and Marketo from URLs, 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.
Ari Notis / Kotaku:
Unity is laying off over 200 people, or 4% of its workforce, two weeks after the CEO said at an all-hands meeting that there won't be any layoffs  —  Management at the company behind the free game development engine has been a ‘shit show’ recently, sources say
Wall Street Journal:
Researchers say some businesses are exaggerating 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
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 …
Aisha Counts / Protocol:
Google Workspace head Javier Soltero, who managed Google's productivity and collaboration tools including Gmail and Meet, is leaving the company on July 15  —  Javier Soltero is leaving Google Workspace, Google Cloud President Thomas Kurian announced Wednesday in an email to staff viewed by Protocol.
Moneycontrol:
Sources: Byju's has laid off 1,500+ staff from Toppr and WhiteHat Jr, two companies it acquired in the past two years, and ~1,000 from its core operations teams  —  Byju's has laid off full-time and contractual employees from Toppr, WhiteHat Jr, and its core team across sales and marketing, operations, content and design teams
Financial Times:
Officials in Zhengzhou, China, used a location-based health code system to prevent protests by forcing 1,000+ depositors of failing rural banks to quarantine  —  More than two years into the coronavirus pandemic, everyday life for most of China's 1.4bn citizens hinges on the colour of a health code on a smartphone app.

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