December 12, 2022, 12:05 PM

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Sources: US prosecutors are split on charging Binance and its executives over possible money laundering and sanctions violations and have discussed a plea deal  —  Splits between U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors are delaying the conclusion of a long-running criminal investigation …
Jonathan Weil / Wall Street Journal:
Mazars' recent Binance “proof of reserve” report only covers a small set of financial data, raising fresh questions about Binance's ability to meet obligations  —  Crypto exchange has begun releasing data to shore up confidence following collapse of FTX  —  Crypto's Crash Has Been Swift but Largely Self-Contained.
André Beganski / Decrypt:
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao acknowledges temporarily suspending accounts over “abnormal” altcoin trading, following a spat with a high-profile crypto trader  —  The company says the observed activity had nothing to do with compromised accounts or leaked API keys.
Microsoft acquires a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange, valued at around £1.6B, as part of a 10-year agreement for data and cloud infrastructure  —  Microsoft Corp. agreed to buy a 4% stake in London Stock Exchange Group Plc in a $2.8 billion cloud-computing deal that pushes big tech further into financial markets.
Jordan Middler / Video Games Chronicle:
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer says Sony opposes the Activision Blizzard acquisition to “protect its dominance” and grows by “making Xbox smaller”  —  In the latest war of words over its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft's Gaming CEO has claimed …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
How conservatives redefined free speech in the social media era, using the First Amendment to claim a “Right to Post” on platforms run by private companies  —  Early December might have marked the first time anyone ever asserted a First Amendment right to see the president's son's penis …
Song Jung-a / Financial Times:
South Korean prosecutors believe Do Kwon, who founded the collapsed TerraUSD and LUNA tokens, is hiding in Serbia, traveling via Dubai from Singapore in October  —  Prosecutors seek co-operation with Belgrade as search intensifies for Terraform chief  —  South Korean prosecutors believe that Do Kwon …
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Enterprise spending management software maker Coupa agrees to be acquired by PE firm Thoma Bravo for $8B in cash, a 77.2% premium on when the news was reported  —  Coupa Software Inc (COUP.O) said on Monday it will sell itself to private equity major Thoma Bravo for $6.15 billion in cash …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at the role of SBF's parents Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried in FTX's rise; the Stanford Law professors have been in the Bahamas since FTX's collapse  —  Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, both professors at Stanford Law, have remained in the Bahamas with their son since his firm's collapse
Krisztian Sandor / CoinDesk:
A look at what went wrong at decentralized lending protocol Maple Finance, as $54M in loans, or 66% of its lending pools, turn bad and what could happen next  —  Maple Finance, the largest unsecured crypto lending platform, is grappling with a debt crisis while gearing up for a major system upgrade.
Jules Wang / Android Police:
Xiaomi announces the ~$575 Xiaomi 13 and ~$720 Xiaomi 13 Pro, adding a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, available in China, and the Watch S2, Buds 4, and more  —  When it comes to cameras, Leica's all about the focal lengths … Xiaomi has become a perennial player in the Qualcomm stakes …

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