March 13, 2023, 10:25 AM

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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
The US Treasury, Federal Reserve, and the FDIC say all Silicon Valley Bank depositors will be “fully” protected, and their money will be available on March 13  —  WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was released by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen …
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Iain Withers / Reuters:
HSBC plans to acquire Silicon Valley Bank UK for £1, citing “strategic sense for our business”; as of March 10, SVB UK had ~£5.5B loans and ~£6.7B deposits  —  HSBC (HSBA.L) said on Monday it is acquiring the UK subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank for 1 pound.
Sinead O'Sullivan / Financial Times:
Having perfected the art of using hype to move markets, VCs managed to hype their own rumors to collapse SVB, accidentally slaying a much loved accomplice  —  After more than a decade of venture capitalists insisting they provide more than just cash to their portfolio companies, the moment to prove that finally arrived.
Michael Moritz / Financial Times:
A eulogy for Silicon Valley Bank, a business partner to tech for 40 years, which offered services when established banks would not and was undone by its loyalty  —  Regardless of the reasons behind the bank's collapse, it leaves a huge hole for the start-up scene  —  The writer is a partner at Sequoia Capital
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
SVB bears responsibility for its demise, the outcome of disruption being tech's objective function, and the Silicon Valley myth could be the ultimate casualty  —  Banks are, at their core, facilitators: depositors lend their money to a bank, for which they are paid interest, and banks lend that money out, again for interest.
New York shuts down Signature Bank as US regulators cite a “systemic risk exception” like for SVB, announcing all of Signature's depositors will be “made whole”  —  U.S. regulators said Sunday it shut down New York-based Signature Bank, a second financial institution …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Signature closing means its real-time payment platform Signet can no longer serve crypto clients, a blow after SEN closed; BTC jumps ~7% and USDC regains peg  —  - Silvergate and Signature were the two main banks for crypto companies, while Silicon Valley Bank had a lot of crypto startups and VCs as customers.
The closure of SVB, Silvergate, Silvergate Exchange Network, and Signature adds stress to a troubled crypto industry; fiat conversion costs may rise by 20%-40%  —  The digital-asset market is coming off of a turbulent year featuring a number of high-profile blowups.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Lending protocol Euler Finance lost $197M in a flash-loan attack, including $136M in stETH and $34M in USDC; Euler raised $32M in June 2022; EUL drops 45%+  —  - Euler Finance was hit by a flash-loan attack that resulted in a loss of $197 million, according to security analysts.
Financial Times:
Sources: Tim Cook has pressed ahead with an MR headset debut in 2023, overruling Apple designers who wanted to wait until the tech catches up with their vision  —  New launch will be first steered entirely by CEO and under direction of operations team  —  When Tim Cook unveils Apple's new …

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