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November 8, 2022, 11:15 PM

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Changpeng Zhao / @cz_binance:
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao says the company signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire FTX.com and help cover its liquidity crunch, pending due diligence  —  This afternoon, FTX asked for our help. There is a significant liquidity crunch. To protect users, we signed a non-binding LOI, intending to fully acquire FTX.com and help cover the liquidity crunch. We will be conducting a full DD in the coming days.
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Angus Berwick / Reuters:
In a message to staff, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried says withdrawals on FTX.com are “effectively paused” after FTX saw ~$6B of net withdrawals in 72 hours  —  Crypto exchange FTX saw around $6 billion of withdrawals in the 72 hours before Tuesday morning, according to a message …
Daniel Kuhn / CoinDesk:
How Binance exacerbated a bank run on FTX before offering to acquire the company, and why the potential deal represents a meteoric fall for Sam Bankman-Fried  —  Binance, after exacerbating a bank run on rival crypto exchange FTX, offered to buy out the jewel in SBF's crown.  —  By Daniel KuhnLayer 2
Sam Reynolds / CoinDesk:
FTX's FTT token drops below $5, down ~80% in the past 24 hours, as crypto investors fear possible contagion from the collapse of FTX-linked Alameda Research  —  The FTT price has declined nearly 14% over the past 24 hours, with Solana's SOL and Serum's SRM taking losses along with bigger cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether.
Tanaya Macheel / CNBC:
Coin Metrics: on November 8, bitcoin fell 12.6% to $18,203 and briefly hit $17,300.80, its lowest level since November 2020; ether dropped 18.2% to $1,311.50  —  FTX token plunges as Binance steps in to buy the crypto exchange's non-U.S. unit: CNBC Crypto World
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter plans to label select accounts “Official” when the new Blue launches; not all previously verified accounts will get the label, which won't be for sale  —  Twitter is rolling out another type of check mark to help distinguish accounts that users actually need to know are real.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Sources: Elon Musk pitched charging most or all Twitter users for a subscription; internal estimates show Blue could lose the company ~$6/user/month in the US  —  Will he go through with it?  PLUS: Botched layoffs, how the new Blue could lose money, and more
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Mark Zuckerberg told Meta staff that layoffs begin on November 9, he is accountable for missteps, and his overoptimism about growth led to overstaffing  —  Meta Platforms Inc. will begin laying off employees on Wednesday morning, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told hundreds of executives on Tuesday.
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Research suggests Apple collects data about iPhone usage even when the iPhone Analytics setting to “disable the sharing of Device Analytics altogether” is off  —  For all of Apple's talk about how private your iPhone is, the company vacuums up a lot of data about you. iPhones …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
The European Commission opens an in-depth investigation into Microsoft's proposed $69B Activision Blizzard acquisition and sets a March 23 decision deadline  —  Microsoft Corp.'s proposed $69 billion takeover of games developer Activision Blizzard Inc. faces an in-depth European Union probe …
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Disney hit 235.7M global streaming subscribers in its Q4, above Netflix's 223.1M in its Q3; Disney+ had 164.2M subscribers, Hulu had 47.2M, and ESPN+ had 24.3M  —  Disney reported results for the final quarter of its 2022 fiscal year today, revealing a total of 164.2 million Disney+ global subscribers …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft releases 68 security fixes, including patches for six actively exploited Windows zero-day flaws and 11 vulnerabilities classified as Critical  —  Today is Microsoft's November 2022 Patch Tuesday, and with it comes fixes for six actively exploited Windows vulnerabilities and a total of 68 flaws.
Divya Balji / Bloomberg:
Coinbase's stock closes down 10.78% and Robinhood Markets closes down 19.04% as the Binance-FTX deal spotlights the challenges facing the $1T crypto industry  —  Robinhood Markets Inc. tumbled by the most in more than a year after Binance Holdings Ltd. agreed to acquire Sam Bankman-Fried's …
Kollen Post / The Block:
The SEC wins its lawsuit arguing that decentralized publishing platform LBRY's token is subject to regulatory oversight, in a blow to crypto token issuance  —  - A New Hampshire district court has ruled against decentralized publishing platform LBRY in a legal battle with the SEC.
Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Nintendo reports Q2 operating profit of ~$809M, up from ~$685M YoY, thanks to a weakened yen, and cuts its fiscal year Switch sales forecast by 10% to 19M  —  Nintendo Co. shares fell as much as 6% on Wednesday after the company cut its fiscal-year forecast for Switch console sales by 10% to 19 million.

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