July 14, 2023, 11:55 PM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
The US Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit denies the FTC's appeal for an injunctive relief to stop Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard from closing  —  In a victory for Microsoft, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit late on Friday denied the Federal Trade Commission's appeal …
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Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Xbox's senior director of corporate communications, is leaving Microsoft after 22 years to “work on the next chapter of my career”  —  To “work on the next chapter of my career.”  —  Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, long one of the most recognisable presences …
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Binance has fired over 1,000 people in recent weeks; the cuts are global, ongoing, and could result in the company losing more than a third of its staff  —  Crypto exchange reduces workforce as Justice Department investigation continues  —  Binance, the giant crypto exchange …
Hayden Field / CNBC:
Sensor Tower: from July 8 to July 11 and 12, Threads DAUs fell ~20% and time spent fell 50% to 10 minutes; Similarweb: Android DAUs fell 25%+ from July 7 to 10  —  - Facebook's Twitter-killer, Threads, has seen drops in daily active users and time spent on app since the weekend, according to SensorTower and SimilarWeb.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta confirms taking “additional steps” to prevent EU-based users from accessing Instagram's Threads; users report no longer being able to use Threads via a VPN  —  After multiple EU-based users complained about not being able to access Instagram's Threads app through VPN, Meta confirmed that it is blocking such efforts.
Sources: Elon Musk claimed his new startup xAI was worth $20B while he was trying to recruit top AI talent, including by offering equity in xAI  —  Elon Musk sought to recruit top AI talent to his new artificial intelligence company with equity in the venture he claimed was already worth tens …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
In a Twitter Spaces chat, Elon Musk says xAI plans to collaborate with Tesla on silicon and AI software, use public tweets for AI training, and more  —  - During a live audio session on Twitter, owner and chairman Elon Musk said his new AI startup, xAI, will use Twitter data for training the …
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Some Reddit users report disappearance of their private messages from before 2023; Reddit says the move was announced on June 22 and is effective since June 30  —  Many Redditors were caught off guard by the removal of their chat and message history.  —  The Reddit blackout protests …
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Tim Copeland / The Block:
Crypto bridging protocol Multichain ceases operations after confirming Chinese police detained its CEO, Zhaojun, and his sister, who held ~$220M of user assets  —  - Multichain confirmed its CEO has been detained in China.  — It said the CEO's sister moved $220 million of funds …
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Kaya Yurieff / The Information:
Creator monetization platform Fanhouse agrees to be acquired by Passes, a rival platform that only launched in beta in December 2022 and raised a $9M seed  —  A startup that rode the pandemic-era frenzy around OnlyFans is selling to a rival.  Fanhouse, which operates a website …
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
Netflix's Orange Is the New Black was an early indicator of how lopsided the streaming economy would be, as 10 actors from the show detail tiny residual incomes  —  The innovative and daring show was a worldwide hit for Netflix, but some of the actors say that they were never fairly compensated.
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