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September 27, 2022, 6:45 AM

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Bloomberg:
FTX US wins the auction for bankrupt crypto brokerage Voyager Digital's assets with a bid valued at ~$1.4B, including an “additional consideration” worth ~$111M  —  FTX US, the digital-asset exchange founded by billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, won the auction for the assets of bankrupt crypto brokerage Voyager Digital Ltd.
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Meta begins testing a single interface to manage Facebook and Instagram accounts and streamlines registration to help users create accounts on both services  —  - Meta is testing new features intended to help people more easily manage their Facebook and Instagram accounts via one interface.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
California, New York, and other states take action against crypto lender Nexo, from sending cease and desists to suing, focusing on interest-bearing accounts  —  A group of U.S. state regulators announced an array of legal actions against crypto lender Nexo on Monday.
Angus Whitley / Bloomberg:
As the Optus hacker appears to release data of 10,000 customers, Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin says the Australian police are investigating a ransom demand  —  Australian mobile-phone company Optus said authorities are investigating an online ransom demand following a major data hack …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A subreddit with 1.5M members, r/PoliticalHumor, challenges Texas' content moderation law by mandating that comments include “Greg Abbott is a little piss baby”  —  Last year, I tried to create a “test suite” of websites that any new internet regulation ought to be “tested” against.
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
Study: in January 2022, 62.4% of bitcoin mining electricity came from fossil fuels, contradicting the Bitcoin Mining Council's estimate that ~59% is sustainable  —  The CCAF uses publicly available data to run a theoretical model to estimate the environmental footprint of bitcoin mining.
Justin Ling / Wired:
A look at the vote on the new head of the UN's International Telecommunications Union between a US and Russian candidate, and its implications for the open web  —  UN countries are preparing to pick a new head of the International Telecommunications Union.  Who wins could shape the open web's future.
Melissa Repko / CNBC:
Walmart debuts metaverse experiences Walmart Land and Walmart's Universe of Play in Roblox, which it calls a testing ground, to try to reach younger shoppers  —  - Walmart is entering the metaverse with two experiences, Walmart Land and Walmart's Universe of Play, in gaming platform Roblox.
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Samsung launches a co-branded credit card with Axis Bank in India, where it has 175M customers, offering 10% cashback to customers buying Samsung products  —  Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) is targeting repeat purchases from its 175 million customers in India through a new cashback credit card …
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Researchers found 75 apps on Google Play and 10 on Apple's App Store that engaged in ad fraud and collectively had 13M installs; Apple and Google removed them  —  Security researchers have discovered 75 applications on Google Play and another ten on Apple's App Store engaged in ad fraud.

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