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December 10, 2022, 1:35 PM

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Alameda secretly loaned $43M to LLCs tied to The Block CEO Michael McCaffrey, used in part to buy and run the crypto news site; McCaffrey resigns  —  The Block, a media company that says it covers crypto news independently, has been secretly funded for over a year with money funneled …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The “Twitter Files” are a peek at moderation at scale and a win for transparency, despite failing to show systemic bias and the opaque way they were released  —  Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, is feverishly promoting his “Twitter Files”: selected internal communications from the company …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Ireland's privacy watchdog “is engaging with Twitter” about the company giving data access to outsiders, after concerns the company could be violating the GDPR  —  Elon Musk's desire to stir conspiratorial shit up by giving select outsiders aligned with his conservative agenda access …
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
Bari Weiss releases “Twitter Files Part Two”, sharing images of accounts that Twitter allegedly put on “blacklists” and screenshots of internal Slack messages  —  Former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss released the second installment of the “Twitter Files” …
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg:
Source: the US DOJ is preparing a potential fraud case against Sam Bankman-Fried and others, examining USD sent to the Bahamas around FTX's bankruptcy filing  —  US prosecutors, laying the groundwork for a potential fraud case against Sam Bankman-Fried and others involved in the collapse …
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
SBF says he will testify before a US House committee on December 13 but “respectfully declines” to appear before a Senate committee, which may issue a subpoena  —  The FTX founder said on Twitter he would appear before a House committee next week, but was quiet about a similar request from a Senate committee.
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
New York Times:
The FTC faces hurdles in blocking Microsoft's Activision deal, as courts are skeptical of vertical merger challenges where two companies don't compete directly  —  Ms. Khan, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, has staked an ambitious trustbusting agenda on a case that may be difficult to win.
Bloomberg:
FTC antitrust officials seeking to block Microsoft's Activision deal are potentially more concerned about the future of cloud gaming than console exclusives  —  Microsoft Corp.'s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. has focused attention on the decades-old paradigm …
Nick Baker / CoinDesk:
Nitish Pahwa / Slate:
Three members of Twitter's Trust & Safety Council, including two who have been members since 2016, resign, alleging Twitter's new leadership had shut them out  —  Eirliani Abdul Rahman helped the platform stop youth sexual exploitation.  The new boss wasn't listening.
Washington Post:
With Republicans poised to take over the House in 2023, a look at the prospects of the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act in a divided Congress  —  With Republicans poised to take over the House next year, a divided Congress looms.  The result could be two years of partisan strife and gridlock.

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