April 11, 2022, 10:25 AM

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Parag Agrawal / @paraga:
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal says Elon Musk has decided not to join Twitter's board despite being offered a seat  —  Elon has decided not to join our board. I sent a brief note to the company, sharing with you all here.
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Omar Abdel-Baqui / Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk appears to have deleted some tweets critical of Twitter and its leadership; Musk liked a tweet saying he was “told to play nice and not speak freely”  —  Tesla CEO and Twitter's largest shareholder ‘liked’ a tweet suggesting he was ‘told to play nice and not speak freely.’
Elon Musk tweets that all Twitter Blue subscribers “should get an authentication checkmark” and that the service should be ad-free for a lower ~$2/month price  —  Elon Musk suggested in a series of tweets Saturday night changes to the premium Twitter Blue service …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: beta versions of iOS 16, codenamed Sydney, are “chock-full” of references to Apple's mixed-reality headset and its interactions with the iPhone  —  Apple is set to hold its developers conference virtually for the third year in a row.  Expect major iOS and watchOS upgrades, and perhaps some new Macs.
Epic Games, which makes Fortnite, raises $2B from Sony and KIRKBI, the holding company behind LEGO, at a $31.5B post-money valuation  —  Epic Games said on Monday it had raised $2 billion from Sony Group Corp (6758.T) and the family owned holding company behind the Lego Group, giving the “Fortnite” maker a valuation of $31.5 billion.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Google says YouTube's Picture-in-Picture support will be coming to all iOS 15 and later devices “in a matter of days” for premium and non-premium users  —  Following a lengthy testing period, YouTube's picture-in-picture support for iOS will begin rolling out in the next few days …
Sources and leaked docs: senior EU officials were targeted last year with Israeli spyware, including Belgian statesman Didier Reynders; NSO denies involvement  —  Senior officials at the European Commission were targeted last year with spy software designed by an Israeli surveillance firm …
New York Times:
In the absence of federal crypto regulations in the US, lobbyists and executives are helping to draft and pass favorable bills at state level  —  In the absence of federal regulations, crypto lobbyists and executives are going state by state to get favorable rules enacted.  Many lawmakers have been willing partners.
Despite Amazon spending almost a decade and $2B+ developing drone delivery services, sources say it's still beset by technical challenges, safety concerns, more  —  Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes in 2013 and pledged to fill the skies with a fleet of delivery drones that could zip parcels to customers' homes in 30 minutes.
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
China has approved the first batch of video game licenses since its freeze in July; games from Tencent and NetEase were not approved  —  China has approved the first batch of new video game licenses since July, people familiar with the matter said, ending a months-long hiatus that put the world's largest mobile gaming arena on edge.

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