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Peter Thiel is involved in a new SPAC that on Wednesday filed for a $575 million IPO, becoming the latest Silicon Valley tech investor to ride Wall Street's hottest wave.

Why it matters: Thiel, who co-founded PayPal, is one of the few top Silicon Valley investors who have close ties to the Trump administration. He also sits on the board of Facebook.

The SPAC is called Bridgetown Holdings, and it will seek to buy a tech, financial services or media company in Southeast Asia.

  • Thiel Capital is one of its sponsors, alongside Pacific Century and Pine Bridge Investments.
  • Matt Danzeisen, Thiel's husband and head of private investments at Thiel Capital, is the SPAC's chairman. Its CEO is Pacific Century executive Daniel Wong, while Sam Altman (CEO of OpenAI, former president of Y Combinator) is on the board.

Go deeper: Reid Hoffman, another PayPal alum, joined today's Axios Re:Cap podcast to discuss why so many tech investors have created SPACs:

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Oct 22, 2020 - Technology

Facebook Oversight Board begins hearing appeals

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The Facebook Oversight Board announced Thursday that some Facebook and Instagram users can now submit appeals to the Oversight Board for an independent review of their own content removals.

Why it matters: The board, a first-of-its-kind internet governance body, will begin hearing cases from users ahead of the U.S. election.

Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.