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November 22, 2022, 7:40 AM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: at an all-hands, Elon Musk said Twitter is done with layoffs and actively recruiting for roles in engineering and sales; Twitter has 2,700+ employees  —  After purging nearly two-thirds of Twitter's 7,500-person workforce in three weeks, Elon Musk is hiring again.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Elon Musk holds Blue Verified's relaunch until “there is high confidence of stopping impersonations” and floats using different colors for orgs and individuals  —  Elon Musk told Twitter employees on Monday that the company won't relaunch its paid verification subscription …
New York Times:
Koh Gui Qing / Reuters:
Records: FTX, its executives, and SBF's parents bought 19+ properties in the Bahamas worth ~$121M over the past two years as “residence for key personnel”  —  Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX, his parents and senior executives of the failed cryptocurrency exchange bought …
Eliza Gkritsi / CoinDesk:
Sunil Jagtiani / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Genesis struggles to raise $1B+ funding for its lending unit and warns potential investors that it may need to file for bankruptcy if its efforts fail  —  Digital-asset brokerage Genesis is struggling to raise fresh cash for its lending unit, and it's warning potential investors …
Stephanie Murray / The Block:
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Report: Amazon's hardware group is on track to lose $10B in 2022, as many Echo devices are sold at cost and plans to monetize Alexa have failed  —  Layoffs reportedly hit the Alexa team hard as the company's biggest money loser.  —  Amazon is going through the biggest layoffs …
David Enrich / New York Times:
An investigation reveals how online US sports betting grew so big, so fast and what the consequences are likely to be for public health, taxpayers, and others  —  The New York Times examined thousands of pages of documents and interviewed lobbyists, executives, lawmakers …
Cheyenne Ligon / CoinDesk:
US DOJ says two Estonians were arrested for a $575M cryptocurrency fraud and money laundering scheme that allegedly defrauded hundreds of thousands of investors  —  According to the Department of Justice, the two men used shell companies to launder the proceeds of their fraudulent schemes and buy luxury cars and real estate in Estonia.
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Researchers: Apple analytics data include a unique ID for a user's iCloud account, despite Apple saying usage data does not include personally identifiable info  —  Your iPhone's analytics data includes an ID number tied to your name, email, and phone number, say researchers who uncovered other holes in Apple' promises.
Tatum Hunter / Washington Post:
Victims of hacked Facebook accounts say Meta's customer support is largely unhelpful; Meta has no new initiatives for helping people recover their accounts  —  Victims are losing time, money and peace of mind.  Facebook is doing next to nothing.  —  The first time 100 people tuned …
Ryan Lovelace / Washington Times:
Twitter reinstates the accounts of Ye, Project Veritas, and others, despite Musk's pledge to delay such decisions until forming a content moderation council  —  Several banned Twitter users are making their return to the social media platform, following new owner Elon Musk clearing a path …
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