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November 16, 2022, 9:50 PM

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Reuters:
Sources reveal FTX and Alameda's dubious financial practices, like showing investors some of the same assets on their books despite claiming separate operations  —  As customers withdrew billions of dollars from crypto exchange FTX one frantic Sunday this month, founder Sam Bankman-Fried worked …
Kelsey Piper / Vox:
A chat via DM with SBF on why regulators “make everything worse”, FTX and Alameda's “messy accounting”, why he regrets filing for bankruptcy, ethics, and more  —  The fallen crypto CEO on what went wrong, why he did what he did, and what lies he told along the way.
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
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Sidhartha Shukla / Bloomberg:
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.
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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.
Peter White / Deadline:
Apple plans to launch its Major League Soccer Season Pass on February 1 for $15/month or $99/season and $13/month or $79/season for Apple TV+ subscribers  —  Apple has unveiled more plans for its launch of Major League Soccer (MLS).  —  The streamer has revealed the pricing and launch details …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Evernote agrees to be acquired by Milan-based app developer Bending Spoons, in a transaction expected to close in early 2023; Evernote has raised $290M to date  —  Evernote, the note-taking and task management app founded over 20 years ago, has been acquired by Milan-based app developer Bending Spoons.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
The Australian Securities Exchange paused its years-long blockchain project to replace its settlement and clearing system, saying it plans to write-off $175M  —  - The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is dropping a long-in-the-making blockchain-powered replacement for its CHESS settlement and clearing system.
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 …
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) …
Financial Times:
The UK blocks the sale of Newport Wafer Fab to Nexperia, owned by China's Wingtech, on national security grounds and orders Nexperia to divest 86% of Newport  —  Months of wrangling over chipmaker sees deal with China-owned company thwarted on national security grounds
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 …

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