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January 7, 2023, 10:30 AM

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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Kuo: Apple canceled its fourth gen iPhone SE, in which it planned to debut its own 5G modem; the cancelation could be due to poor sales of mid-to-low-end phones  —  On Friday, Kuo wrote in a blog post that Apple had canceled production and shipment plans for the phone after his prediction …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Bloomberg:
Sources: the SEC and EDNY are scrutinizing transfers between DCG and the lending arm of its subsidiary Genesis; the probes have not accused DCG of wrongdoing  —  US authorities are digging into the internal financial dealings of Barry Silbert's expansive crypto empire, according to people familiar with the matter.
Reuters:
China's Ant Group says founder Jack Ma no longer controls the fintech giant after a series of shareholding adjustments that saw him give up most voting rights  —  China's Ant Group said on Saturday that its founder Jack Ma no longer controls the Chinese fintech giant after a series …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant: Russian cyberespionage group Turla piggybacked on other hackers' decade-old malware that spread via USB drives to stealthily access victim networks  —  The infamous, FSB-connected Turla group took over other hackers' servers, exploiting their USB drive malware for targeted espionage.
Parmy Olson / Bloomberg:
Irish DPC's €390M Meta fine, issued at the behest of the European Data Protection Board, fits with the EU's plan to crack down on Big Tech in the next two years  —  Meta Platforms Inc. is used to batting away the occasional fine from European regulators as a cost of doing business.
Wired:
Some Twitter staff in the US and other countries laid off by Elon Musk in November say they have not received information about the severance they were promised  —  Staff laid off by Elon Musk were assured they would be compensated following mass cuts.  As the deadline passes, the silence has been deafening.
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Roku reports ending 2022 with more than 70M accounts globally, up 16.5% from the end of 2021, and says streaming hours grew 19% YoY to 87.4B in 2022  —  The customer total was up 16.5% from the end of 2021, when Roku totaled 60.1 million global accounts.  —  Per Roku, streaming hours reached …
Sam Sutton / Politico:
The SEC is working on a rule, which could be finalized this quarter, to make it easier for investors to sue VCs for bad behavior, negligence, and recklessness  —  After being battered by rising interest rates and choppy markets, the venture capital industry is sweating new regulations that could expose fund managers to legal risks.
Cheyenne Ligon / CoinDesk:
An Ohio man pleads guilty to stealing 712+ bitcoins seized by the IRS in a case against his brother, who was convicted of running money laundering service Helix  —  Gary Harmon, brother of Helix CEO Larry Harmon, stole his brother's forfeited crypto right out from under the IRS's nose, and spent it extravagantly.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Researchers: cybercriminals have started using ChatGPT to create hacking tools and AI-generated malware code, and are testing the tool for dating scam chatbots  —  Users of underground forums start sharing malware coded by OpenAI's viral sensation and dating scammers are planning on creating convincing fake girls with the tool.

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