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1 Sam Bankman-Fried’s top associate pleaded guilty to fraud
They agreed to cooperate in prosecuting him. (NYT $)
+ Here are some of the allegations that US authorities have made against the couple. (Bloomberg $)
+ “Moral warrior” Vikram Akula was involved in some of the same dodgy activities over a decade ago. (Wired $)

2 Elon Musk claims cost cutting saved Twitter from bankruptcy
Others might argue that it only hastened the downfall of the company. (FT $)
+ The obvious choice for Twitter’s new CEO was among those he fired. (New Yorkers $)

3 It’s been a record year for the climate
But major US legislation could pave the way for a brighter future. (New Yorkers $)
+ Why biodiversity is a key measure of climate change impacts (economist $)
+ 2023 is the year we’ll see if corporate climate commitments are genuine or purging. (Wired $)
+ These three charts show who is most responsible for climate change. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Gene therapy restored the immune systems of 10 children
Patients who were born without an active immune system can now live normal lives. (new scientist $)
+ This family has raised millions of dollars to get experimental gene therapy for their children. (MIT Technology Review)

The race to share the first images of the James Webb . Space Telescope
NASA scientists had a strict deadline to meet and there was no room for error. (inverse)

6 extortion scammers in India are ruining their victims’ lives
Here’s an inside look at a growing, intimidating industry. (The rest of the world)

7 Days of sharing your Netflix password are numbered
Netflix’s account-sharing crackdown doesn’t appear to be widespread. (WSJ $)
+ Sharing passwords is against the law in the UK, its government says. (BBC)

8 How to make stock memes stop being funny
It turns out that investing based on emotions and jokes doesn’t always work out. (Vox)

9 grandmothers on TikTok are the charming young generation
It strikes a particular chord among those seeking the wisdom, simplicity of elders in the run-up to Christmas. (Atlantic $)
+ Why are “day of my life” videos so addictive? (Vox)

10 We’re obsessed with trying to age in a healthier way
But promising drugs run the risk of being over-hyped. (Knowledge Magazine)
+ How scientists want to make you young again (MIT Technology Review)

Quote of the day

“He broke the revenue by being a dick.”

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