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July 8, 2022, 11:45 AM

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Washington Post:
Sources: Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter is in serious jeopardy as his team concluded that spam account figures aren't verifiable using Twitter's data firehose  —  Talks with investors have cooled in recent weeks and Musk's camp believes it can't confirm Twitter's claims about spam accounts
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter lays off 30% of its talent acquisition team, or fewer than 100 people, as the company faces increasing business pressures and Musk's potential takeover  —  Company faces increasing business pressures and potential takeover from Elon Musk  —  Twitter Inc. TWTR 1.52%▲ …
Reuters:
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
A former investment manager sues Celsius for fraud, saying the crypto lender ran a Ponzi scheme by using customer deposits to rig the price of its crypto token  —  A former investment manager at Celsius Network sued the crypto lender on Thursday, saying it used customer deposits to rig …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft rolls back blocking VBA macro scripts by default in Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Visio, and Word, “based on feedback” and “to make improvements”  —  While Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would block VBA macros on downloaded documents by default …
Immanual John Milton / Bloomberg:
Glassnode: Bitcoin blockchain activity has dropped 13% from November 2021 highs to early July 2022; balances at exchanges are down 20%+ from a January 20 peak  —  As the crypto winter deepens, only the staunchest Bitcoin investors are still holding onto their tokens — but not on the exchanges.
The Verge:
Canadian telecom Rogers is experiencing a major outage, affecting 911 calls and internet access in parts of the country  —  Rogers confirmed the outage but has no ETA for a fix  —  Rogers has acknowledged a major outage affecting its internet and phone services throughout Canada this morning …
Andrew Mendez / TechCrunch:
SpaceX debuts Starlink Maritime, a yacht-focused satellite internet service with speeds up to 350 Mbps, priced at $5K per month and $10K for the dual terminals  —  Having conquered orbit, SpaceX's next venue seems to be the high seas, through a special yacht-focused sub-brand of its satellite internet service called Starlink Maritime.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
The US Treasury Department publishes an international crypto regulation framework, the first publication coming from Biden's executive order on digital assets  —  The document is the first publication to result from U.S. President Joe Biden's executive order on digital assets.
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Netflix rolls out spatial audio to all devices and to all subscribers, currently available for Stranger Things season four, The Witcher, Red Notice, and more  —  Today, Netflix announced that it is bringing spatial audio to all devices with the aim of enhancing the listening experience throughout its catalog of original titles.

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