December 22, 2022, 11:05 AM

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
The SEC charges ex-Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison and ex-FTX CTO Gary Wang for their role in defrauding FTX's investors at SBF's direction between 2019 and 2022  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda Research, and Zixiao (Gary) …
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Washington Post:
The SDNY says ex-Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison and FTX CTO Gary Wang pleaded guilty to federal charges, both are cooperating, and releases them on a $250K bond  —  Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang helped disgraced crypto mogul divert funds and are now aiding prosecutors
Sam Bankman-Fried lands in the US to face criminal charges after being taken into custody on December 21, following extradition approval by a Bahamas judge  —  Sam Bankman-Fried is on his way to an airport to be flown to the US to face a litany of criminal charges after a Bahamas judge approved his extradition.
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube acquires NFL Sunday Ticket residential rights for seven years, starting in 2023, sources say for ~$2B per year; DirecTV reportedly currently pays $1.5B  —  Video streamer to pay annual fee of roughly $2 billion under seven-year deal  —  Created with sketchtool.
Brayden Lindrea / Cointelegraph:
Twitter rolls out $Cashtags, offering stock, ETF, and crypto prices within search results using data from TradingView, along with a View on Robinhood link  —  Twitter searches for “$Bitcoin,” “Bitcoin price” and “BTC price” pulls up a price chart, with equivalent searches working for Ethereum too.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Mastodon, nostr, and other decentralized social networks are having a moment, despite some complexity, propelled by the apparent decline of Twitter and Meta  —  So, it's been quite a year for legacy, centralized social media — and all without any really big change to the laws that govern it …
Chris Stokel-Walker / Nature:
How Twitter played a major role in research and science communication, especially during the pandemic, as researchers and scientists leave the service  —  In November, Vince Knight decided he'd had enough of Twitter.  After more than a decade on the social-media platform, Knight …
New York Times:
Sources: OpenAI releasing ChatGPT led Google to declare a “code red”, including reassigning teams to respond to the threat ChatGPT poses to its search business  —  A new wave of chat bots like ChatGPT use artificial intelligence that could reinvent or even replace the traditional internet search engine.
Alex W. Palmer / New York Times:
How ByteDance and TikTok, which owe their existence to intermingled Western and Chinese ideas, capital, and people, became entangled in the US-China rift  —  A Chinese app conquered the planet — and now the U.S. is threatening to shut it down.  Can the world's biggest virality machine survive?
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Reports: an Android malware called Godfather is using overlaid login screens to get users' credentials on 400+ banking apps and crypto exchanges in 16 countries  —  An Android banking malware named ‘Godfather’ has been targeting users in 16 countries, attempting to steal account credentials …
Google's Display Network, which places ads on 2M+ websites, lets site owners stay anonymous while putting ads beside pirated content, porn, and disinformation  —  In late 2021, the right-wing site Conservative Beaver published a story falsely claiming the FBI had arrested Pfizer's CEO for fraud.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail steps Netflix may take to reduce US password sharing, like charging account owners an extra sharing fee at just below the $6.99 ad-supported tier  —  Putting a stop to the practice without alienating customers will be a challenge  —  The end of password sharing is coming to Netflix soon …

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