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July 15, 2022, 4:35 PM

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Kadhim Shubber / Financial Times:
In a court filing, CEO Alex Mashinsky said Celsius was owed $439M by a “private lending platform”, which sources say is specialist finance company EquitiesFirst  —  Specialist finance group owes $439mn to digital assets lender  —  A mysterious debtor to Celsius Network referenced …
Bloomberg:
Celsius' Chapter 11 filing shows that its biggest creditor, to which it owes $81.1M, is obscure fund Pharos, which has staff with links to Sam Bankman-Fried  —  Among the more than 100,000 creditors of Celsius Network Ltd., the crypto lender that filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, one entity stands out: Pharos USD Fund SP.
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Chainalysis: the 30-day moving average of crypto sent to mixers hit a record $51.8M in April 2022, as funds from sanctioned and criminal groups almost doubled  —  Despite a significant Achilles' heel, mixers are seeing unprecedented demand.  —  The amount of cryptocurrency flowing …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel proposes a US broadband standard of 100Mbps down and 20Mbps up; the proposal requires a vote in the currently deadlocked FCC  —  Pai FCC said 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up was enough—Rosenworcel proposes 100/20Mbps.  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon has reduced its white label product selection and considered exiting the business altogether, amid weak sales and mounting regulatory pressure  —  Executives also have discussed exiting the business entirely to address regulatory pressure  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.21%▲ …
CoinDesk:
How Voyager Digital, which generated interest on deposits by loaning crypto assets, collapsed after one of its largest borrowers Three Arrows Capital defaulted  —  In an industry where counterparties are tightly bound together by a weave of debt and leverage, dominoes can fall fast and hard.
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:
Meta unveils Make-A-Scene, an exploratory AI research project that combines text-to-image generation and hand-drawn sketch inputs to output 2,048 x 2,048 images  —  Text-to-image generation is the hot algorithmic process right now, with OpenAI's Craiyon (formerly DALL-E mini) …
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Nothing phone (1) review: a good midrange phone with snappy performance, but the glyph notification system is mostly gimmicky and battery performance is subpar  —  Nothing claims its new Phone 1 can “Bring us back.  To us" with “deeper interactions” and “brave simplicity.”
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Sydney-based Okendo, which offers e-commerce brands customer review tools, raised a $26M Series A led by Base10 Partners, bringing its total funding to $33.5M  —  No merchant likes a bad customer review and Okendo, a customer marketing platform, announced $26 million in Series A funding today …
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
Tokyo-based SmartBank, which offers a prepaid Visa card and personal finance management app in Japan, raised a $20M Series A, bringing its total funding to $30M  —  Shota Horii, his twin brother Yuta Horii and Jun Taketani co-founded SmartBank in 2019 after selling their previous startup Fablic …

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