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December 28, 2022, 5:25 AM

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Filings: the US arrested and charged a man with commodities fraud and manipulation for trying to steal ~$110M in October by rigging DeFi platform Mango Markets  —  U.S. prosecutors have filed criminal charges of commodities fraud and manipulation against a man accused of trying to steal …
Ava Benny-Morrison / Bloomberg:
Source: the DOJ launched a criminal investigation into the alleged $370M+ in assets stolen as FTX declared bankruptcy, separate from its fraud case against SBF  —  Federal prosecutors are investigating an alleged cybercrime that drained more than $370 million out of FTX just hours …
Bloomberg:
Court filings: Sam Bankman-Fried said in an affidavit that he and Gary Wang borrowed $546M+ from Alameda to buy a nearly 8% stake, or ~56M shares, in Robinhood  —  FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried said he and former executive Gary Wang borrowed more than $546 million from Alameda Research to buy …
Aoyon Ashraf / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin miner Argo Blockchain will avoid bankruptcy after agreeing to sell its Helios mining facility in Texas to Galaxy Digital for $65M and a $35M loan  —  Galaxy will buy Argo's Helios facility for $65 million and provide $35 million loan to help the miner amid restructuring.
Wladimir Palant / Almost Secure:
LastPass' breach update was full of lies, omitted damning info, tried to present the August 2022 incident and the data leak as two separate events, and more  —  Right before the holiday season, LastPass published an update on their breach.  As people have speculated, this timing was likely …
Sidhartha Shukla / Bloomberg:
Solana drops 10%+ to around $10, as bitcoin and ether saw modest declines, over concerns that large holders could offload the token; SOL is down 94% in 2022  —  Solana, the cryptocurrency backed by fallen crypto mogul Sam Bankman-Fried, tumbled on Wednesday amid concerns that large holders may be about to offload the token.
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
Bloomberg:
Kraken plans to close its cryptocurrency exchange services in Japan, operated by Payward Asia, on January 31, 2023, weeks after cutting its workforce by 30%  —  Kraken is closing its cryptocurrency exchange services in Japan as the company restructures to navigate the fallout from this year's meltdown in digital assets.
Taylor Rains / Insider:
Southwest Airlines says an operational meltdown over the holiday weekend was partly caused by its scheduling software, which a union rep called “outdated”  —  - Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 2,600 flights so far on Tuesday after canceling over 2,900 on Monday.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple plans to ship an updated iPad mini in late 2023 or H1 2024 with a new chip as its main selling point; a foldable iPad is unlikely to replace the mini  —  Apple is working on a new version of the iPad mini, with mass shipments expected to start towards the end of 2023 or in the first half of 2024 …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Shadowbanning is real and social media platforms should be more transparent; a survey shows nearly one in 10 US social media users report being shadowbanned  —  Elon Musk is right: Social media should tell you when you're shadowbanned  —  Art teacher Jennifer Bloomer has used Instagram …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Researchers discuss AI expectations for 2023: continued problematic art-generating apps, incoming regulations, open-source and decentralized efforts, and more  —  As a rather commercially successful author once wrote, “the night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope.”
Wall Street Journal:
ZipRecruiter: 37% of laid off or fired tech workers were able to find a job within a month of starting their search and ~79% were able to within three months  —  Openings across the economy are down from highs but far exceed the number of unemployed Americans  —  Why Tech Layoffs Don't Reflect the Job Market

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