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Washington Post:
Elon Musk's poll, asking “Should I step down as head of Twitter?”, ends with 57.5% voting yes, after Musk said Twitter polls will decide “major policy changes”  —  After a new policy prompted backlash, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said future policies would be determined by polls
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Brian Fung / CNN:
Twitter deletes @TwitterSupport's thread and a policy webpage detailing its new policy to prevent accounts from promoting other social media platforms  —  Twitter deleted its controversial new policy on Sunday evening that had banned links to certain other social media platforms …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: some Twitter investors were told Elon Musk would step down after three to six months and are divided on his decisions; a new CEO would report to Musk  —  Twitter's investors have divided into two camps: copacetic and apoplectic. … But investors were told that a transition …
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Wall Street Journal:
Epic Games agrees to pay the FTC $520M to resolve two complaints over allegedly breaking kids' online privacy rules and tricking users into unintended purchases  —  The agency alleged that the company invaded children's privacy and tricked players of all ages into making unintended purchases
Reuters:
Analysis of Binance filings in 14 jurisdictions: the exchange has opaque operations, does not disclose where Binance.com is based, offers little data, and more  —  The world's biggest crypto exchange, Binance, is battling to shore up confidence after a surge in customer withdrawals and a steep drop in the value of its digital token.
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Claire Boston / Bloomberg:
Binance.US agrees to acquire Voyager Digital's assets out of bankruptcy in a deal worth $1.022B, subject to approval at a hearing on January 5  —  Binance.US will buy Voyager Digital's assets out of bankruptcy in a deal worth $1.022 billion.  —  Voyager selected Binance.US as the highest …
Rosie Perper / CoinDesk:
Yuga Labs, which develops the BAYC NFTs, names former Activision Blizzard President and COO Daniel Alegre as CEO, starting in H1 2023 and replacing Nicole Muniz  —  The Bored Ape parent company said Alegre's previous gaming experience will help advance the brand's Otherside metaverse and propel …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth says the company plans to devote ~20% of its costs and expenses to Reality Labs in 2023, up from 18% in Q3 2022; META is down ~66% YTD  —  Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. will continue to devote about 20% of its overall costs and expenses to Reality Labs in 2023 …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
The European Commission sends Meta a statement of objections for alleged antitrust breaches over tying Marketplace to Facebook and imposing unfair trading terms  —  Meta Platforms Inc. was hit with a complaint from European Union antitrust watchdogs over concerns it's unfairly squeezing …
Vicky Ge Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Investor letter: Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein details options if its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust's ETF plans fail, including a tender for outstanding shares  —  Michael Sonnenshein attempts to assuage fears of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust investors after collapse of FTX

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