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November 9, 2022, 7:35 AM

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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.
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
In the wake of FTX's dramatic fall, Binance, Gate.io, KuCoin, Poloniex, Bitget, Huobi, and OKX pledge to release their Merkle tree reserve certificates  —  Over seven crypto exchanges will publish proof of their reserve holdings in the next month.  —  Crypto exchanges are now scrambling …
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 …
Tom Maloney / Bloomberg:
Sam Bankman-Fried's estimated $15.6B fortune has been eviscerated in days by the demise of FTX and Alameda, dropping to ~$1B, the largest one-day collapse ever  —  Just weeks ago, Sam Bankman-Fried was considered crypto's version of John Pierpont Morgan, willing to throw around his massive fortune to save the industry.
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
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Helen Partz / Cointelegraph:
Meta:
Mark Zuckerberg says Meta plans to lay off 13% of its staff, or 11,000+ employees, and will cut discretionary spending and extend its hiring freeze through Q1  —  Mark Zuckerberg just shared the following with Meta employees:  —  Today I'm sharing some of the most difficult changes we've made in Meta's history.
Tanaya Macheel / CNBC:
Solana crashes 30%+ to ~$18; bitcoin falls 10%+ to <$18,000 and briefly hit $17,300 on November 8, its lowest since November 2020; ether drops 15% to ~$1,250  —  FTX token plunges as Binance steps in to buy the crypto exchange's non-U.S. unit: CNBC Crypto World
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 …
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.
James Batchelor / GamesIndustry.biz:
Nintendo announces Nintendo Systems, a joint venture with DeNA, which co-developed Nintendo games for mobile like Super Mario Run, set to open in April 2023  —  New subsidiary will open in April 2023, focusing on research and development to improve Nintendo's digital business  —  At a glance
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.

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