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January 12, 2023, 2:45 PM

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Lucinda Shen / Axios:
Sam Bankman-Fried publishes a Substack post offering his account of how FTX collapsed, sticking to his claims of innocence even after ex-executives pled guilty  —  Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried on Thursday published his account of how the crypto company collapsed.
Tim Reynolds / Associated Press:
A US federal judge terminates FTX's 19-year, $135M naming rights deal with Miami-Dade County's Heat arena, removing branding from the roof, court, and more  —  The naming rights deal between FTX and Miami-Dade County was terminated Wednesday by a federal bankruptcy court …
Forbes:
JPMorgan Chase sues Frank founder Charlie Javice for allegedly creating 4M+ fake users to get the company to acquire the student loan software startup for $175M  —  The financial giant is suing the founder of a Mark Rowan-backed startup it acquired, claiming the fintech, Frank, had sold the financial giant on a “lie.”
Bloomberg:
Bulgarian police raided London-based crypto lender Nexo's office in Sofia on January 12, seeking information on suspected money laundering and tax crimes  —  Crypto lender Nexo's office in Sofia was raided by Bulgarian police on Thursday as part of an investigation into suspected money laundering and tax crimes.
Nikou Asgari / Financial Times:
Sources: crypto broker Genesis owes creditors over $3B, leading DCG to explore selling parts of its venture capital holdings, estimated at ~$500M, to raise cash  —  Barry Silbert's conglomerate weighs offloading venture assets to help wholly owned digital asset lender
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Congress rejects the US Army's request for $400M to buy as many as 6,900 Microsoft HoloLens goggles this fiscal year but approves $40M to develop a new model  —  Microsoft Corp. won't be getting more orders for its combat goggles anytime soon after Congress rejected the US Army's request …
Kali Hays / Insider:
Sources: Twitter is leaving 12+ offices due to closures or not paying rent, including in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, and India  —  - Twitter is leaving at least a dozen international offices due to closures or not paying rent.  — Hubs in Europe and even Twitter's headquarters in Asia are shuttered.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Canalys, IDC, and Gartner report global PC shipments fell for the fourth consecutive quarter in Q4 2022, by 28%-29% YoY to 65.3M-67.2M units; Dell fell ~37% YoY  —  When you look at fourth quarter worldwide PC sales data from Canalys, IDC and Gartner, it's fair to say that the news was not great …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
David Shepardson / Reuters:
A look at the FAA's struggles to modernize air traffic control, such as improving safety notices to pilots and ending the use of paper strips to track aircraft  —  The breakdown of a key computer system, which resulted in the suspension of U.S. flight departures on Wednesday …
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:
Allegedly official Samsung Galaxy S23 marketing images leak, showing four colors, no vertical camera bar, and more; S23 Ultra is rumored to have a 200MP camera  —  The Galaxy S23 from Samsung is set to be announced on the first day of February.  Even though that's a given …
Gavin Bonshor / AnandTech:
Intel unveils its Core i9-13900KS CPU, clocked at 6GHz out of the box, with eight performance cores, 16 efficiency cores, and a 150W TDP, available now for $699  —  Initially mentioned during their Innovation 2022 opening keynote by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel has unveiled …
Tony Stubblebine / The Official Medium Blog:
Medium creates its own Mastodon instance, plans to offer it as a service for members, promises reliable moderation and smoother onboarding, and more  —  The fediverse is a breath of fresh air for writers and social media  —  Today, Medium is launching a Mastodon instance at me.dm to help our authors …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: mass shipments of second-generation AirPods Max and AirPods with a $99 price target will likely begin in the second half of 2024 or the first half of 2025  —  Mass shipments of second-generation AirPods Max and more affordable AirPods will likely begin in the second half of 2024 …
Reuters:
TSMC reports Q4 revenue up 26.7% YoY to $19.93B and net income up 78% YoY to ~$9.72B, beating estimates of ~$9.5B, even as the chip industry downturn continues  —  Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC (2330.TW) reported a forecast-beating 78% rise in quarterly profit on Thursday, as strong sales …
Rosie Perper / CoinDesk:
Yuga Labs announces Dookey Dash, a skill-based game accessed via a free mint on January 17 for BAYC holders and played between January 18 and February 15  —  The gamified expansion of its Bored Ape Yacht Club ecosystem involves minting a free Sewer Pass to play a game called Dookey Dash.
Semafor:
Sources: Tiger Global struggles to raise its latest fund after investors learned it secretly paid a senior female employee $10M to settle bullying allegations  —  Tiger Global, the $60 billion firm that's a major tech investor, has been struggling to raise its latest venture fund since investors learned …
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Jacquelyn Melinek / TechCrunch:
Amazon partners with Ava Labs, which develops the Avalanche blockchain, to support Avalanche's infrastructure and dApp ecosystem through its AWS marketplace  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Ava Labs, the company building out layer-1 blockchain Avalanche …
Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Sources: Coinbase's internal “sentiment” tracker showed Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was consistently viewed more favorably by the media right up until its collapse  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase has for years tracked how the company is portrayed in the press and online, and that …

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