July 5, 2023, 2:45 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Instagram briefly launched a basic Threads web UI, offering an early look at what to expect before its July 6 launch; the service appears to have 2,500+ users  —  Instagram's new Threads app, a Twitter competitor, isn't supposed to launch until July 6th, but the web interface went live for a few hours today for everyone to explore.
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Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Sources: Australia searched several Binance Australia locations as part of its derivatives investigation; CZ acknowledged that “external pressure” hurts Binance  —  Binance's offices in Australia were searched by the country's financial markets regulator as governments around …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Andy Jassy asked Amazon's Hollywood studio for detailed budgets to scrutinize ballooning costs; Amazon spent $7B on originals and other shows in 2022  —  I am off this week; that means no newsletter Sunday.  —  (Tips are still welcome at or on Signal.
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Fairphone and Murena partner to launch the user-repairable, modular Fairphone 4 in the US for $599+, unlocked and running the Google-free /e/ OS, not Android  —  The storage of both models can be expanded via microSD, and the phone features a modular design that can be easily disassembled using …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
The Port of Nagoya, Japan's largest and busiest port, plans to resume operations by July 6 after a July 4 ransomware attack; no group has claimed responsibility  —  The Port of Nagoya, the largest and busiest port in Japan, has been targeted in a ransomware attack that currently impacts the operation of container terminals.
Maria Sherman / Associated Press:
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. says that music containing AI-created elements is eligible for a Grammy, but the AI portion will not be considered  —  Last month, the Recording Academy announced a series of changes to the Grammy Awards to better reflect an evolving music industry.
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
AI-based full-body scanner startup Neko Health, co-founded by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and Watty founder Hjalmar Nilsonne, raised a €60M Series A led by Lakestar  —  Neko Health, the medical diagnostics company co-founded by Spotify Technology SA Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek …
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
CADDi, which offers a B2B marketplace for the manufacturing industry and an AI-powered cloud service for managing drawing data, raised a $89M Series C  —  The pandemic has damaged the entire manufacturing supply chain, which is not likely to return to normal until at least 2024 due to a few challenges …
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Kris Holt / Engadget:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Munich-based EGYM, which sells smart fitness hardware and software to measure how people work out, raised $225M led by Affinity Partners  —  The technology industry at large might not be in the best of health at the moment, but health and fitness startups appear to be alive and well.
More: Bloomberg

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