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August 25, 2023, 12:10 PM

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Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
Mastercard and Binance plan to end their card partnership in Latin America and Middle East on September 22; Visa stopped issuing Binance cards in Europe in July  —  - Visa halts issuing new Binance Card while Mastercard ends pact  — Crypto exchange under legal and regulatory challenges globally
Wall Street Journal:
US Treasury proposes new rules treating crypto exchanges more like stockbrokers, requiring them to report crypto gains to the IRS, starting in 2026  —  Long-delayed regulations would treat crypto platforms more like brokers who handle stocks and mutual funds
Ariel Bogle / The Guardian:
NYT, CNN, and some other news outlets block OpenAI's GPTBot web crawler from accessing their content; some have also blocked Common Crawl Foundation's CCBot  —  Chicago Tribune and Australian newspapers the Canberra Times and Newcastle Herald also appear to have disallowed web crawler from maker of Chat GPT
Julian Chokkattu / Wired:
Citizen suspends sales of its $350 CZ Smart smartwatch, launched on May 1; review units had extensive issues, including freezing and inaccurate tracking data  —  The second-generation CZ Smart launched a few months ago.  Both the company and reviewers have found serious technical issues.
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop:
Microsoft researchers say Flax Typhoon, a hacking group with suspected links to the Chinese government, is actively targeting dozens of organizations in Taiwan  —  A group dubbed Flax Typhoon has targeted “dozens” of Taiwanese organizations, according to new research from Microsoft.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian instant grocery startup Zepto raised a $200M Series E led by StepStone at a $1.4B valuation, taking its funding to $560M, India's first unicorn of 2023  —  Instant grocery delivery startup Zepto has raised $200 million in a new funding round at a valuation of $1.4 billion, it said Friday …
David Jeans / Forbes:
NYC-based digital lender Better.com closed down 94% in its Nasdaq debut on August 24, after a SPAC merger with Aurora Acquisition Corp  —  Once valued at $7.7 billion, Vishal Garg's SoftBank-backed company faced a cratering stock price and no plans for profitability as it went public Thursday via a SPAC merger.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD announces new Radeon RX 7000 series video cards, $449 RX 7700 XT and $499 7800 XT, based on its new Navi 32 GPU and aimed at the 1440p gaming market  —  With the Gamescom convention taking place in Germany this week, AMD is using Europe's largest video game trade show as the venue for their latest Radeon video card announcements.
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Amazon has had early talks with Disney about working on a streaming version of ESPN, perhaps helping with distribution and taking a minority stake  —  Amazon has had early talks with Disney about working on the streaming version of ESPN it is developing, said people familiar with the matter.

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