January 19, 2023, 6:15 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
CoinDesk retains investment bankers at Lazard to help the outlet explore options including a partial or full sale after “numerous” indications of interest  —  Company has ‘received numerous inbound indications of interest,’ CEO Kevin Worth says  —  CoinDesk Inc. …
The Block:
Sources: Genesis creditors are negotiating a bankruptcy plan with the firm and weighing a one to two-year forbearance period in exchange for cash and DCG equity  —  - Genesis creditors are negotiating the terms of a possible Chapter 11 filing, according to sources close to the matter.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on an iPad-based smart display, with smart home controls, video, and FaceTime, and a new Apple TV with a faster processor for H1 2024  —  Apple Inc. is working on a slate of devices aimed at challenging Inc. and Google in the smart-home market …
Addy Bink / The Hill:
Amazon plans to close AmazonSmile, launched in 2013 to let customers donate 0.5% of eligible items' purchase prices to a charity, on February 20, 2023  —  Amazon will be closing its charity program, AmazonSmile, in the coming weeks in order to “focus its philanthropic giving to programs with greater impact.”
The US Treasury's FinCEN unit labels crypto exchange Bitzlato as a “money laundering concern” related to Russian illicit finance; French police seize Bitzlato  —  The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network on Wednesday said it has identified virtual …
Financial Times:
Sources: Peter Thiel's Founders Fund sold most of its crypto portfolio by the end of March 2022, before the crypto market crash, generating ~$1.8B in returns  —  Billionaire was early mainstream investor in the digital currency but VC fund no longer has significant exposure
James Eyers / Australian Financial Review:
National Australia Bank creates the AUDN stablecoin, the second major Australian bank after ANZ's A$DC, letting customers settle transactions on the blockchain  —  National Australia Bank has become the second of the major banks to create a stablecoin, called the AUDN, to allow its business customers …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple announces a second-generation HomePod with a similar design to the original from 2018, Matter support, S7 chip, and more, shipping on February 3 for $299  —  It will be sold alongside the HomePod Mini, the smaller version of the speaker introduced in 2020, and features support …
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Alexandra Wexler / Wall Street Journal:
FTX posed as a haven from tumbling currencies and inflation in Africa, where the company recruited users via glitzy events, $5 sign-up bonuses, and giveaways  —  Cryptocurrency exchange's ambassadors recruited new customers through glitzy events, $5 sign-up bonuses and giveaways
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Analysis: Series B valuations fell 50% from a $250M median in Q1 2022 to a $125M median in Q4 2022; Q4 2022's VC activity by volume resembled that of Q2 2020  —  Series B valuations were cut in half from the first quarter of 2022 to the last  —  Early-stage startups finally got the message …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Mailchimp says a hacker accessed data on 133 accounts via a staff social engineering attack, first detected on January 11, its second breach in six months  —  Email marketing and newsletter giant Mailchimp says it was hacked and that dozens of customers' data was exposed.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia launches an updated Wikipedia design, including improved search and accessibility, a refreshed table of contents, and easier language switching  —  Wikipedia, one of the world's top 10 most visited websites, and a resource used by billions every month, is getting its first makeover on the desktop in over a decade.
Similarweb: Twitter referral traffic to 12 major news outlets fell 12% on average from November 2022 to December 2022; only traffic to NY Post and Fox News grew  —  Under the leadership of Elon Musk, Twitter's role as a traffic referral source to publishers' sites is largely declining.
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Andrew Bosworth talks about Meta's decision to discontinue Portal and how the company nearly made a deal to license Portal's tech and platform to Amazon in 2020  —  Meta's CTO Andrew Bosworth told BuzzFeed News how a deal to keep the Portal software going almost happened.
Jennifer Gollan / ProPublica:
An analysis of 11 online pharmacies selling abortion pills: at least nine use third-party trackers such as Google Analytics to collect and share sensitive data  —  Some sites selling abortion pills use technology that shares information with third parties like Google.

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