July 7, 2023, 3:35 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans an appointment-only retail launch of its $3,500 Vision Pro in the US in early 2024, starting with stores in NYC, LA, and other major cities  —  Apple Inc. is planning a retail launch of its Vision Pro headset with appointments and in-store promotion in select US markets early next year …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Less than two days after launch, Mark Zuckerberg says Threads signups reached 70M, which is “way beyond our expectations”  —  - Meta's new Twitter competitor Threads has exploded in growth in its first full day since its public debut Wednesday night, fueled by Instagram's already massive userbase.
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Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
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Sarah Wynn / The Block:
Gemini sues DCG and its founder; Cameron Winklevoss accuses Barry Silbert of being “the architect and mastermind of the DCG and Genesis fraud against creditors”  —  - Crypto exchange Gemini sued Digital Currency Group and its founder on Friday, accusing Barry Silbert of being …
Takashi Mochizuki / Bloomberg:
Sega co-COO Shuji Utsumi says the company plans to shelve its own blockchain games and skip blockchain projects for its biggest franchises to avoid devaluation  —  Sega Corp., the gaming studio once regarded among the staunchest advocates of blockchain gaming, is pulling back from an arena devastated …
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Crypto bridging protocol Multichain confirms an exploit impacted $130M in user-supplied tokens and recommends “all users suspend the use of Multichain services”  —  “It is recommended that all users suspend the use of Multichain services and revoke all contract approvals related to Multichain," developers said early Friday.
New York Times:
Uber, DoorDash, and Grubhub sue NYC, seeking to block the city's new minimum pay standard that increases the hourly wage for gig workers to ~$18 and $20 by 2025  —  Uber, DoorDash and Grubhub argued that the city used poor data to calculate how much food delivery workers should earn and that the change would hurt consumers.
Frederick Munawa / CoinDesk:
Lightning Labs unveils tools that let developers create AI agents to leverage GPT function calls to hold, send, and receive bitcoin via the Lightning Network  —  “We are in the realm of enabling use cases that weren't previously possible,” Lightning Labs CEO Elizabeth Stark told CoinDesk.
The People's Bank of China fines Ant Group ~$984M for violating laws in consumer protection, anti-money laundering, and more, ending over two years of probes  —  China imposed more than $1 billion in fines on tech giants Ant Group Co. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., signalling an end to a crackdown …
New York Times:
Sources: the FBI searched Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell's home in March 2023, as part of US prosecutors' probe into claims he hacked a nonprofit he founded  —  Federal agents were investigating Jesse Powell, the founder of the crypto exchange Kraken, over claims that he hacked and cyber-stalked a nonprofit arts group.
Nathan Crooks / The Block:
Report: Binance General Counsel Han Ng, Chief Strategy Officer Patrick Hillmann, and compliance SVP Steven Christie quit over CZ's response to the DOJ's probe  —  - Top executives at Binance resigned this week over CEO Changpeng Zhao's handling of regulatory investigations into the company, Fortune reported, citing sources.

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