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April 15, 2022, 5:55 PM

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Twitter adopts a “poison pill” to thwart Elon Musk's $43B takeover, giving shareholders time to purchase additional shares at a discount to dilute 15%+ stakes  —  Twitter's board on Friday enacted a defensive measure meant to deter Elon Musk's $43 billion hostile takeover bid.
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk's hostile offer may not be viable, but it opens Twitter to an acquisition; should Twitter fend off Musk, the company will watch its stock drop  —  Oh Elon  —  Well that was weird.  On Tuesday I wrote a column saying it was unlikely that Elon Musk will buy Twitter Inc. On Wednesday I left on a family vacation.
@yishan:
[Thread] Ex-Reddit CEO warns Elon Musk that he doesn't understand current internet culture enough to handle the challenges of large social networks like Twitter  —  I've now been asked multiple times for my take on Elon's offer for Twitter. So fine, this is what I think about that. I will assume the takeover succeeds, and he takes Twitter private. (I have little knowledge/insight into how actual takeover battles work or play out) (long 🧵)
@rabble:
[Thread] After Bill Gross' 2015 hostile takeover attempt, Twitter locked down the API and limited third-party clients to 100K users until Jack Dorsey's return  —  Twitter is important, but it's always been vulnerable as a company. When Twitter does something which upsets the community of users, it is often due to this vulnerability. Let me tell you a little known story about an earlier time a billionaire tried a hostile takeover of twitter
Bloomberg:
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources: Apple doesn't collect much user data from its services and staff can't easily access the data it does collect, making it harder to compete with rivals  —  Privacy is one of the selling points of Apple products.  But for employees who develop these products, it can be a pain.
Jeff Burt / The Register:
Google updates Chrome to fix a type confusion vulnerability actively exploited in the wild and another security flaw, the third Chrome emergency patch in 2022  —  The latest patch is aimed at a type confusion vulnerability that is actively being exploited  —  Google is issuing fixes …
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Sources: TikTok is under investigation by US government agencies over its handling of CSAM and how a specific privacy feature is being exploited by predators  —  Short-video app with young user base accused of being ‘perfect place for predators’ by Homeland Security
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
A look at independent investigators, like @zachxbt and YouTuber @coffeebreak_YT, who are uncovering crypto and Web3 scams, often using pseudonymous identities  —  A handful of skilled independent investigators are uncovering high profile scams and hacks in the crypto and web3 world.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Developer App Store logs and sources: Apple is testing third-party apps on four M2 chips across a MacBook Air, a Mac mini, three MacBook Pros, and a Mac Pro  —  Apple Inc. has started widespread internal testing of several new Mac models with next-generation M2 chips, according to developer logs …
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
DuckDuckGo seems to have completely removed the search results for YouTube-dl and many popular pirates sites including The Pirate Bay and 1337x.to  —  Privacy-centered search engine DuckDuckGo has completely removed the search results for many popular pirates sites including The Pirate Bay, 1337x, and Fmovies.
More: BetaNews and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Coda Payments, which offers cross-border payments for games, alternative app stores, and other digital products, raises $690M at a $2.5B valuation  —  Coda Payments has raised $690 million in funding to enable cross-border payments for games and other digital products, as well as alternative app stores.

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