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December 12, 2022, 6:45 PM

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Reuters:
Sources: US prosecutors are split on charging Binance and its executives over money laundering and sanctions violations and have discussed potential plea deals  —  Splits between U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors are delaying the conclusion of a long-running criminal investigation …
André Beganski / Decrypt:
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao acknowledges temporarily restricting 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.
Jonathan Weil / Wall Street Journal:
Mazars' Binance “proof of reserve” report covers only some assets and liabilities and doesn't vouch for the numbers or assess internal reporting controls  —  Crypto exchange has begun releasing data to shore up confidence following collapse of FTX  —  Crypto's Crash Has Been Swift but Largely Self-Contained.
U.S. House Committee on Financial Services:
FTX CEO's testimony to the US House: FTX and Alameda customer assets were commingled, insiders were paid $1B+, FTX US was not run independently of FTX, and more  —  Chairwoman Waters, Ranking Member McHenry, distinguished members of the Committee: thank you for the invitation to appear before you today.
Laura Forman / Wall Street Journal:
Similarweb: desktop visits to Twitter's ad manager fell ~74% YoY in Oct. and 85% in Nov., the largest drop since Musk's takeover; the trend continues in Dec.  —  Elon Musk is leading with narrative at Twitter.  Don't lose sight of the dollars and sense.  —  Elon Musk's Unconventional Management Style: Former Employees Share Stories
Bloomberg:
Microsoft acquires a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange, valued at ~£1.6B, as part of a 10-year deal in which LSEG plans to spend $2.8B+ on cloud services  —  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 deal to “protect its dominance on the console” and to grow by “making Xbox smaller”  —  In the latest war of words over its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft's Gaming CEO …
Bloomberg:
Sources: the Netherlands and Japan agree in principle to join the US in tightening chipmaking exports to China and limit its ability to obtain advanced chips  —  Japan and the Netherlands have agreed in principle to join the US in tightening controls over the export of advanced chipmaking machinery to China …
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 stayed in the Bahamas after 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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Israel-based game developer Playtika lays off about 15% of its staff, or 600+ workers, and removes three titles from the pipeline; its stock is down ~53% YTD  —  Playtika, the Israeli tech company that made its name through a series of wildly successful online gambling and gaming titles …
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 …

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