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The Top 3

  • Now it’s out: Hackers have released a lot of data – some 500 GB worth – it stole during the Los Angeles Unified School District ransomware attack, carly writes. This includes some personally identifiable information, financial reports and health data. Ugh.
  • Someone didn’t keep up: And that someone was Kim Kardashian, who settled with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for $1.26 million after she was found to be violating the rules regarding the disclosure of receiving payments in exchange for touting cryptocurrency. darrell has more. In the meantime, Anita and Dominic-Madori together form an opinion on why it’s okay not to defend Kardashian, especially, as they put it: “EthereumMax was an unknown token worth next to nothing before she posted about it on Instagram.”
  • Name changeAmazon now has a dedicated portal for its affordable shopping options called Amazon Access, which includes features such as layaway and coupons, Aisha reports.

Startups and VC

See, we know we usually focus on content here, but this week, two stories from our subscription site,, caught our eye.

Ron and Alex noted that early 2022 looked set to be a record year for SaaS M&A. That doesn’t seem to have really happened. With a lot of headaches and some theories, they ask why aren’t we seeing more aggressive SaaS mergers and acquisitions?

In the meantime, Becca notes that venture capital has been on a rollercoaster this year. The theme is similar; 2022 kicked off with the strongest wave of venture deployment ever, just before the stock market plummeted and dragged the company down. She reaches for her crystal ball and admits that while it’s unclear what will happen in VC in Q4, it certainly won’t be boring.

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Cloud financial management, or more simply, “FinOps”, leverages multi-functional teamwork between financial, technical, and product teams to help organizations make better use of their resources.

“Knowing the economics of your cloud unit is key to building an explicable, transparent model of your cloud costs,” writes Liran Grinberg, co-founder of Team8.

“Development teams must face the music and become financially responsible for the infrastructure and services they use. Meanwhile, CFOs and CTOs need to get ready to answer some tough questions during board meetings.”

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Big Tech Inc.

Prosus has decided not to proceed with the $4.7 billion acquisition of BillDesk. manish reports. Just a month after the go-ahead from the Indian antitrust agency, the company cites “certain conditions” that have not been met as to why the deal fell through.

Meanwhile, TikTok is looking for some good partners to launch its live shopping offering in the US, Ivan writes.

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