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November 23, 2022, 8:55 AM

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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SBF claims FTX had ~$60B in collateral in spring 2022, before a credit squeeze, market selloff, and “run on the bank” reduced it to $9B and led to bankruptcy  —  The former FTX CEO did not address concerns about customer funds being misappropriated or other recent revelations about the company.
Berber Jin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sequoia apologized to its fund investors for the $150M lost on its FTX bet and details plans to improve its due diligence process on new investments  —  Venture-capital firm tells fund investors that it will improve due diligence on future investments after $150 million loss on crypto exchange
Ken Sweet / Associated Press:
Bloomberg:
Sources: hundreds of Foxconn workers at the iPhone plant in Zhengzhou clashed with security guards as protests erupted over unpaid wages and COVID-19 fears  —  Hundreds of workers at Apple Inc.'s main iPhone-making plant in China clashed with security personnel, as tensions boiled over after almost …
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
In its Q3 Adversarial Threat Report, Meta attributes a pro-US campaign to US military-run phony Facebook accounts, Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts  —  People associated with the U.S. military were behind dozens of phony Facebook accounts, more than a dozen pages, a pair of groups …
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
New York Times:
Since Elon Musk's takeover, sources say Twitter has in some cases chosen not to pay vendors, as it reviews and renegotiates deals to cut expenses  —  Mr. Musk and his advisers are examining all types of expenses at Twitter.  Some of the social media company's vendors have gotten stiffed.
Liz Hoffman / Semafor:
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Genesis Global has $2.8B in outstanding loans, including ~30% of its lending made to related parties like its parent company DCG  —  The troubled brokerage Genesis Global has $2.8 billion in outstanding loans on its balance sheet, with about 30% of its lending made to related parties including …
Washington Post:
Pathmatics: over a third of Twitter's top 100 clients, including Mars and Jeep, as well as 14 of the top 50, haven't advertised on Twitter in the past two weeks  —  More than a third of Twitter's top 100 clients have not advertised on the platform in the past two weeks, data shows
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Windows Subsystem for Linux is now generally available for Windows 10 and 11 via the Microsoft Store, as Microsoft makes the Store version of WSL the default  —  Microsoft announced today that the Store version of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is generally available for Windows 10 and 11 customers.
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Amazon's Twitch makes changes to address child predation concerns, including mandatory phone verification and improving account termination for users under 13  —  Twitch, the video game livestreaming site popular with teens and kids, announced changes it's making on the platform to increase safety …
New York Times:
New York becomes the first US state to restrict crypto-mining as Gov. Kathy Hochul signs a bill imposing a two-year moratorium on permits at fossil fuel plants  —  National cryptocurrency industry groups had lobbied Gov. Kathy Hochul to veto the environmental ban, fearful that other states could follow New York's lead.
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
An interview with @dril on Elon Musk's Twitter, which he says is “a work in progress”, like Hyperloop, and will be a “beautiful thing at the end of the day”  —  The ‘patron saint of the internet’ tells The Post he'll never pay for verification but will learn to code if Musk offers him a job

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