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Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has raised $515 million for its second fund dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.

Strategy: Like its $300 million predecessor, the fund will primarily back crypto-related startups, but also will buy and hold some crypto assets.

Zoom in: "We're a crypto venture fund, not a crypto hedge fund," said partner Katie Haun, who joined Andreessen Horowitz in 2018 after having been a federal prosecutor involved in the infamous Silk Road case. "We invest in them after evaluating the technologies and don't trade them."

  • First fund portfolio companies include Anchorage, Arweave, Celo, Filecoin, and TrustToken.
  • Haun and fellow partner Chris Dixon add that the biggest difference between funds is the influx of successful entrepreneurs from adjacent spaces who now are seeking to build on top of crypto technologies — something Dixon refers to as Web 3.0.

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Chicago police responded to hundreds of people looting stores and causing widespread property damage in the city's downtown overnight, resulting in at least one exchange of gunfire, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The state of play: Police superintendent David Brown said the event was a coordinated response after an officer shot a suspect on Sunday evening, per CBS Chicago.

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Why it matters: Corporations have traditionally chosen to ignore executive misbehavior to avoid bad press, but they have become more proactive — especially with the rise of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements — in addressing issues head-on.

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What we're hearing: The move to act less quickly and forcefully to tamp down on inflation has been in the works for years, but some economists fear that the Fed is moving too far from its original mandate.