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September 27, 2022, 9:50 AM

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Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Meta details influence operations from Russia, impersonating news websites to spread anti-Ukraine content in Europe, and China, targeting the US and Czechia  —  Russia set up a sprawling and sophisticated network of websites impersonating mainstream media outlets, which it used …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Flatfile, which automates onboarding, structuring, and cleaning data, raised a $50M Series B led by Tiger Global, bringing its total funding to $94.7M  —  Data cleansing — prepping data for applications like predictive analytics — takes time.  In fact, data scientists spend an estimated 60% …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Cloud storage startup Wasabi, which competes with AWS' S3, raised a $250M Series D, or $125M equity, led by L2 Point, and $125M debt, at a $1.1B+ valuation  —  The cloud services sector is still dominated by Amazon and the other so-called “hyperscalers” — e.g. the Microsoft Azures, Google Cloud Platforms and IBM Clouds of the world.
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.
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.

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