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The Tussle to be Crypto’s Top Cop—and Top Dog
Acting Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Rostin Behnam. Photo by CFTC. Art by Mike Sullivan.
There’s no doubt that regulatory scrutiny is growing for crypto in the U.S., but it’s still unclear which government agency will have ultimate authority over the industry. That future became even cloudier Wednesday when Rostin Behnam, acting head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said the agency is prepared to become the main regulator of digital assets. The comments position...
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How Creator Economy Investments Could Hit $5 Billion This Year
Facebook wants to talk about its ties to creators. So do Chipotle, Disney and Stripe. The upswell of interest in people earning a living from their online followers means it has never been a better time for founders building startups that serve creators.
Art by Mike Sullivan
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New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs
It’s not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree not to publish stories about them until a certain date.
Outside an Apple store in New York. Photo by Bloomberg.
Exclusive Apple Policy
Apple Very Likely to Face DOJ Antitrust Suit
Apple so far has avoided the worst outcome in its U.S. legal battle with Epic Games, but its antitrust woes remain.
Art by Mike Sullivan
Exclusive Media/Telecom Amazon
The Battle of the Streaming Gatekeepers Heats Up
In 2019, David Limp, head of Amazon’s devices business, saw an opening. For years, Roku—Amazon’s chief rival in the market for devices that let you stream video onto television sets—had supplied software to TCL, one of the world’s leading TV makers, to power the Chinese company’s internet-connected TV sets.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at an Oculus Connect event in 2017. Photo by Bloomberg.
True Value Facebook AR/VR
What Will Metaverse Be Worth in 2025? Our Guess Is $82 Billion
Facebook is spending tens of billions of dollars in the next few years building the virtual immersive world dubbed the metaverse, CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated on Monday night.
Illustration by Josh Brill
Exclusive Crypto Venture Capital
No Longer Just Crypto Curious, Sand Hill Road Investors Get Blockchain Fever
For years, the most avid investors in crypto startups have been firms that specialize in the category—with the notable exception of Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm that got crypto religion early.