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December 28, 2022, 9:25 AM

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Osato Avan-Nomayo / The Block:
Alameda-linked wallets traded Lido, Polygon, Uniswap, and other tokens for ether and USDT, before swapping for bitcoin, taking their holdings to 47.6 BTC  —  - Wallets linked to Alameda Research have sold several crypto tokens.  — These swaps happened barely days after Sam Bankman-Fried posted bail.
Gretchen Morgenson / NBC News:
A look at North Dimension, a little-known Alameda Research subsidiary, where the SEC says FTX told customers to wire funds to trade without disclosing the ties  —  Among the 130 or so companies in Sam Bankman-Fried's sprawling crypto empire, North Dimension Inc. assumed a low profile.
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 …
Ava Benny-Morrison / Bloomberg:
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 …
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.
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.
Oliver Knight / CoinDesk:
SEC filing: MicroStrategy acquires ~3,205 BTC for ~$56.4M between November 1 and December 24, taking its holding to 135K BTC, and sells 704 BTC to offset gains  —  Alongside the additional purchases, the company sold a small amount of bitcoin for the first time.
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.
Ian Johnston / Financial Times:
Mastodon CEO Eugen Rochko says he rejected more than five US investors offering “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to preserve the platform's nonprofit status  —  Fast-growing open-source microblogging site has seen a surge of interest since Elon Musk took over Twitter
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Investors sue Gemini and Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss over offering Gemini Trust Earn interest-bearing accounts, which Gemini failed to register as securities  —  Gemini Trust Co. and its founders, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, were sued by investors who claim the crypto asset exchange sold …
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.

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