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November 9, 2022, 10:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Binance abandons its rescue acquisition offer for FTX after reviewing FTX's finances, saying “the issues are beyond our control or ability to help”  —  Crypto exchange's decision comes as it conducts due diligence on FTX  —  Sam Bankman-Fried in Talks to Raise More Funding
Bloomberg:
Sources: the SEC and the CFTC are investigating whether FTX.com mishandled customer funds and FTX's relationship with other parts of Sam Bankman-Fried's empire  —  US financial regulators are investigating whether beleaguered crypto-exchange FTX.com properly handled customer funds …
Tanaya Macheel / CNBC:
Major coins are plummeting: bitcoin drops 14%+ to below $16,000, a new low since November 2020, ether drops 17%+ to ~$1,100, and Solana crashes 40%+ to ~$13  —  FTX token plunges as Binance steps in to buy the crypto exchange's non-U.S. unit: CNBC Crypto World
Joshua Oliver / Financial Times:
Tom Maloney / Bloomberg:
Sam Bankman-Fried's estimated $15.6B fortune may have been annihilated to ~$1B by the demise of FTX and Alameda, the largest one-day drop for a billionaire yet  —  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.
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
After FTX's dramatic fall, Binance, Gate.io, KuCoin, Poloniex, Bitget, Huobi, OKX, Deribit, and Bybit pledge to publish their Merkle tree reserve certificates  —  Nine prominent exchanges said they will publish proof-of-their-reserve holdings in the next month.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Sara Fischer / @sarafischer:
[Thread] Elon Musk tells advertisers in a Spaces chat that Twitter plans to improve ad relevance, he will pay to verify brands if they don't want to, and more  —  1/ Live tweeting @elonmusk Twitter spaces w advertisers: Q: What's biggest learning so far? —"The overarching goal here is, how can we make Twitter a force for good in civilization?" —"We want to be in rigorous pursuit of the truth, to be somewhat in the business of truth"
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Fake Twitter accounts of athletes and other celebrities, some now suspended, are spreading fake announcements and chaos as paid Blue checkmarks become available  —  Elon Musk's mercurial leadership and half-baked product plans are already creating fertile ground for confusion on Twitter.
Meta:
Mark Zuckerberg says Meta plans to lay off ~13% of its staff, or 11,000+ employees, and cut discretionary spending and extend its hiring freeze through Q1 2023  —  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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
IBM unveils its Osprey quantum processor with 433 qubits, up from 127 in its 2021 Eagle processor, and plans to hit 4,000+ with its Kookaburra processor in 2025  —  IBM wants to scale up its quantum computers to over 4,000 qubits by 2025 — but we're not quite there yet.
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iOS 16.2 beta 2 reveals work on a Custom Accessibility Mode, codenamed Clarity, aimed at making the iPhone's and the iPad's UI more user-friendly  —  Apple on Tuesday released iOS 16.2 beta 2 to developers as the company gets ready to make the update available to the public in December.
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