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July 13, 2022, 1:45 PM

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Bloomberg:
An in-depth look at the rise and fall of crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, whose founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davies bet everything on prices only going up  —  Days before Bitcoin fell decisively below $40,000, and two months before his hedge fund went bankrupt, Su Zhu sat down for an interview …
Shivani Tanna / Reuters:
Vermont's Department of Financial Regulation joins a multistate investigation into Celsius and says it believes the cryptocurrency lender is “deeply insolvent”  —  July 12 (Reuters) - Vermont's Department Of Financial Regulation on Tuesday said troubled crypto lender Celsius is …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Unity plans to merge with app monetization service IronSource, valued at $4.4B in the all-stock deal; Silver Lake and Sequoia will invest $1B after the merger  —  Update: the companies have confirmed the news here.  IronSource is being valued at $4.4 billion in the all-stock deal.
New York Times:
Twitter sues Elon Musk, in Delaware's Court of Chancery, to force him to complete his $44B acquisition of the company, as he “refuses to honor his obligations”  —  The question of whether Elon Musk must buy Twitter, as he agreed to do in April, is headed to a court in Delaware.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
A critique of Ev Williams' 10-year tenure at Medium and how it got caught in the middle between Substack and well-funded publishers like BuzzFeed and Vice  —  How Medium got stuck in the middle.  PLUS: Twitter sues Musk  —  Few tech CEOs can claim to have steered the course of online conversation more than Ev Williams.
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
The Verge:
Memo: Sundar Pichai told employees that Google will slow hiring in the rest of 2022 and will have to work with “greater urgency, sharper focus, and more hunger”  —  ‘Greater urgency, sharper focus, and more hunger’  —  Google has told employees that it'll be …
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Sources: Apple ends its consulting agreement with Jony Ive that made Apple his firm's primary client and limited Ive from taking on work Apple found competitive  —  Three years after promising to work “long into the future” with the man behind its candy-colored computers, Apple and Mr. Ive are through.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft says a phishing campaign targeted 10K+ organizations since September 2021 by hijacking Office 365's authentication process even on accounts using MFA  —  Campaign that steals email has targeted at least 10,000 organizations since October.  —  On Tuesday, Microsoft detailed …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SVP Prabhakar Raghavan says Google's studies show younger users often use apps like Instagram and TikTok instead of Google Search or Maps for discovery purposes  —  The TikTok threat to Google's business isn't just limited to YouTube, as it turns out.  Core Google services, including Search and Maps …
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
PitchBook: crypto startups received $6.76B in VC funding in Q2 2022, down 31% from a record $9.85B in Q1 2022  —  Crypto startups finally felt the effects of an economic storm that has been cooling digital currencies, public stocks and venture capital all year.
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Fortune:
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
London-based Incident.io, which makes a Slack-based software incident response service, has raised a $28.7M Series A led by Index Ventures  —  It's Incident.io co-founder and CEO Stephen Whitworth's assertion that there's fragmentation in the market for software incident management solutions.
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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Truecaller launches Open Doors, a Clubhouse-like app that lets users sign up with their phone number and audio chat with their contacts who have the app  —  If you thought of the age of companies launching real-time audio chat apps, you're wrong.  Swedish caller identification service Truecaller …
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Jasmine Hicks / The Verge:
Reddit partners with Giphy to bring GIF comments to new subreddits and existing subreddits if moderators opt in to the feature  —  Subreddit moderators can opt in to the new GIF library  —  Reddit is joining the GIF party with its new partnership with Giphy, a massive online hub where internet users upload and share GIFs.

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