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BlockFi's bankruptcy, Musk's Apple attacks, and a new Twitter alternative raises moolah from a16z

View in browser Top News Another one bites the dust: BlockFi has filed for bankruptcy, the latest crypto firm to collapse in the wake of crypto exchange FTX's rapid downfall. BlockFi said in a
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Tiger Global's markdown, Musk's beef with Semafor, and a room with a (pretty big) pool

View in browser All, happy Thanksgiving! Hope you're able to spend it with loved ones. We're taking the rest of the week off to eat, drink and be merry (and also catch the Warriors later, which
9 : 44

SBF's Twitter stake, Sequoia's apology, and Genesis on the edge of a precipice

View in browser Top News James Bromley of Sullivan & Cromwell, a lawyer who is working on the bankruptcy of the failed crypto exchange FTX, told a US court today that FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried
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Slumping sausages, crypto chaos, and a Musk frenemy joins the cause at Twitter

View in browser We feel you, Knox. Top News Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and his inner circle won't see any more money from the company. FTX spelled out in a court filing over the weekend that
9 : 34

Exodus at Twitter, layoffs at Nuro, and Sam Bankman-Fried's pandemic-era payout, courtesy of VCs 😶

View in browser It's the Friday before Thanksgiving and we, are, outta here. (Well, technically, we're here until Wednesday, and then we, are, outta here. For two days. Then we're back.) We
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FTX's "unprecedented" mess, Twitter's mass exodus, and Pete Davidson is dating who now?!

View in browser Hello! Also, sincere apologies; we screwed up yesterday. We told you the blood diagnostics company Grail had raised new funds (it didn't; we were looking at a dated announcement).
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SBF's DMs, Elon Musk's "extremely hardcore" ultimatum, and the market loses faith in Tesla

View in browser Top News HOLY. In a lengthy direct message exchange with Vox reporter Kelsey Piper, Sam Bankman-Fried answered how he really feels about regulators after very publicly engaging with
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SpaceX fuels up, Protocol shuts down, and more firings at Twitter for flaming the boss: "Kiss my ass, Elon"

View in browser Top News In the past 24 hours, reports Bloomberg, an estimated dozen or so employees have been let go after openly rebuking Musk. Employees have apparently been monitoring the situation
8 : 44

Layoffs galore, Nike's virtual sneaker store, and a (truly) hidden beach in Mexico

View in browser Busy day, more tomorrow! Top News The madness continues to unfold. The latest from Bloomberg's Matt Levine: "If a troubled company has a few days to beg potential investors for
7 : 34

Chaos at Twitter, Banksy in Ukraine, and more abnormalities at FTX, the fallen crypto exchange

View in browser We'd be lost without our veterans; thank you for your service. (Also, see the bottom of this issue for an event coming up in February that is hosted by and also caters to veterans
7 : 44

Exodus at Twitter, cost-cutting at Amazon, and Michael Lewis times it right again

View in browser Well, not everything! But it's proving a lousy week for a wide number of people, including pretty much everyone with ties to the formerly high-flying cryptocurrency exchange FTX and
11 : 34

Facebook lays off a stunning 11,000 people -- and it's not even the biggest tech news of the day

View in browser Today's vibe. Top News Meta is laying off 13% of its staff, or more than 11000 employees, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the company today, after which staffers were alerted via email
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FTX's value goes poof as investor-turned-rival Binance sweeps up the pieces

View in browser Here in California, we're watching election night like a pro, so getting this out a little early today. . . Top News You kind of knew that the cryptocurrency exchange FTX would
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A major bitcoin bust, a killer VR headset, and what is it with these food company execs?!

View in browser Just catching up around here today . . . Top News The US Department of Justice announced this morning that it seized about $3.36 billion in stolen bitcoin during a previously
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Elon Musk is losing his mind over Twitter's "massive drop in revenue"

View in browser Still in Lisbon! Heading to a crypto party so pray for me please. (Relatedly, I said yesterday that Yuga Labs earlier acquired the intellectual property of CryptoKitties when I meant
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Layoffs at Stripe and Lyft, Saudi Arabia and Foxconn team up on EVs, and house (arrest) dinners 🥩

View in browser Drat. We missed the chance today to interview on stage Greg Solano, cofounder of the money-minting machine Yuga Labs, which has spun out the Bored Ape and Mutant Ape and Mecha Ape NFT
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Half of Twitter is reportedly being laid off, Netflix with ads launches this week, and a love story in Philly?

View in browser Busy day here at Web Summit. We also managed to lose our computer(!) and as we hit "send," the fire alarm at our hotel has been sounding for more than 20 minutes. There is no
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Streaming services are coming to YouTube, Blackbird's billion-dollar haul, and Wall Street tucks and rolls

View in browser Top News The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by 75 basis points tomorrow but also signal it could begin to slow down the size of its rate hikes next month. CNBC has
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Elon Musk's tall order, Netflix's newest game studio, and another university endowment shares lousy returns

View in browser Hello! We're running from one plane to another so shooting this out in between flights to be on the safe side. (We never have great luck with in-flight WiFi.) Happy Halloween --
7 : 54

What Elon Musk's first day as Twitter's owner looked like

View in browser Hope you have a spooktacular weekend, all. If you have 30 minutes to spare and you're trying to better understand what all the fuss is about when it comes to "generative AI,