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November 16, 2022, 3:00 PM

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Washington Post:
Elon Musk emails Twitter employees an ultimatum: commit to a new “hardcore” Twitter by 5pm ET on November 17 or leave with three months severance  —  It comes as Musk's first major feature, Twitter Blue Verified, was halted while the company probes issues that arose from its launch.
Casey Newton / @caseynewton:
Reuters:
A look at FTX and Alameda's financials, including showing investors balance sheets with some of the same assets, despite claiming they operated independently  —  As customers withdrew billions of dollars from crypto exchange FTX one frantic Sunday this month, founder Sam Bankman-Fried worked …
Wall Street Journal:
Former employees detail the chaos after FTX's collapse: mass resignations, learning news from Twitter and the media, equity compensation evaporating, and more  —  Many say they learned of crypto exchange's deteriorating situation through media and lost access to their funds  —  How FTX Went Bankrupt: What Went Wrong
Milky Eggs:
Everything we know about FTX's collapse: losses likely exceed $15B, trades became increasingly risky, SBF was erratic, rash, and relied on stimulants, and more  —  If you want to read a poorly researched fluff piece about Sam Bankman-Fried, feel free to go to the New York Times (PDF).
Sidhartha Shukla / Bloomberg:
A wallet tied to the FTX hack swapped ~$49M of stablecoins for ether on November 15, increasing its haul to 228,523 ETH, or the 35th largest stash of the coin  —  The hacker who raided Sam Bankman-Fried's collapsed crypto exchange FTX is now one of the world's biggest holders of the token Ether.
Nelson Wang / CoinDesk:
Genesis' crypto lending unit, which had $2.8B in Q3 2022 active loans, halts redemptions and new loan originations; trading and custody services are unaffected  —  The unit, known as Genesis Global Capital, serves an institutional client base and had $2.8 billion in total active loans as of the end of the third quarter of 2022.
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
Audit by JS Held: Terraform Labs and Luna Foundation Guard tried to defend the UST stablecoin in May 2022 by spending $613M and $2.8B in crypto, respectively  —  Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon dismissed similarities with the collapse of FTX.  —  Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) …
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Nvidia and Microsoft sign a multiyear deal to build an AI supercomputer in the cloud, making Azure the first public cloud to incorporate Nvidia's full AI stack  —  Nvidia and Microsoft announced Wednesday a multi-year collaboration to build an AI supercomputer in the cloud, adding tens of thousands of Nvidia GPUs to Microsoft Azure.
CNBC:
Despite Crypto.com CEO Kris Marszalek's assurances, customers worry about the exchange's solvency; Crypto.com's CRO token has fallen nearly 40% in the past week  —  - Crypto.com CEO Kris Marszalek has taken to Twitter, YouTube and the airwaves to try to reassure customers that their deposits …
Colin Wilhelm / The Block:
The US House Financial Services Committee plans to hold a hearing in December on FTX's collapse and invites Sam Bankman-Fried, Alameda, Binance, and others  —  - The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on FTX in December.  — In a joint statement announcing the hearing …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Elon Musk says the new Twitter Blue will relaunch on November 29 “to make sure that it is rock solid”, after pausing signups due to many fake verified accounts  —  Elon Musk says the new Twitter Blue, which lets you pay $7.99 per month for a blue verification check mark next to your name, will relaunch on November 29th.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Internal meeting: Tim Cook told German engineering and retail staff that Apple plans to start sourcing chips from a plant under construction in Arizona in 2024  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to begin sourcing chips for its devices from a plant under construction in Arizona …
Will Feuer / Wall Street Journal:
Citing a still weakening outlook for 2023, Micron expects wafer production for DRAM and NAND flash memory chips will be about 20% lower than in the past quarter  —  Company cites market conditions for softening demand  —  Micron MU -5.04%decrease; red down pointing triangle Technology Inc …
Nikhil Patwardhan / Moneycontrol:
Simplilearn, which offers upskilling courses, bootcamps, and certifications, raised $45M led by GSV Ventures; Blackstone acquired a $250M majority stake in 2021  —  The higher learning edtech platform will use the funds to boost its growth plans in India and international markets

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