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April 16, 2022, 4:20 PM

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Musk's free speech definition is utter nonsense and his suggestions for Twitter completely ignore decades of content moderation iteration on social platforms  —  from the not-how-any-of-this-works dept  —  Lots of talk yesterday as Elon Musk made a hostile takeover bid for all of Twitter.
Axios:
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.
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Elon Musk is speaking to investors, including Silver Lake, to partner with him on a Twitter bid; a plan with partners could be announced within days  —  Elon Musk is speaking to investors who could partner with him on a bid for Twitter, sources close to the matter told The Post.
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Musk says he may not “actually be able to” buy Twitter, he is motivated by its public interest value, it should open source its algorithm, and he has a Plan B  —  The billionaire made his first public comments about his Twitter takeover efforts at the TED 2022 conference
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Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
GitHub says an attacker used stolen OAuth user tokens issued to Heroku and Travis-CI to steal private repository data from dozens of organizations including npm  —  GitHub revealed today that an attacker is using stolen user tokens (issued to Heroku and Travis-CI OAuth) to download data from private repositories.
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Apple's yearslong effort to design its own silicon to replace Intel chips in Macs, including an interview with Hardware Technologies SVP Johny Srouji  —  Apple's risky, yearslong effort to design its own silicon paid off when supply-chain disruptions left competitors scrambling
Bloomberg:
At least seven crypto firms have suspended rupee deposits; CoinGecko: daily trading volumes on Indian crypto exchanges have fallen 88%-96% since peaking in 2021  —  When Surojit Chatterjee walked on stage at a Coinbase Global Inc. conference in Bengaluru, India, on April 7 …
Rebecca Szkutak / Forbes:
A profile of Anna Fang, CEO of China-based ZhenFund, who has backed 30+ seed-stage startups that became unicorns and 90+ startups that had a successful exit  —  When ZhenFund CEO Anna Fang was new to venture investing, her mentor told her that the right entrepreneurs to back are the ones …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
An interview with a former Xinjiang prisoner, who details how China extensively uses tech like Hikvision surveillance cameras to facilitate human rights abuses  —  The rare firsthand account will help investigate human rights abuses  —  For 10 months in 2018, Ovalbek Turdakun was a prisoner …
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
DuckDuckGo seems to have completely removed the search results for YouTube-dl and many popular pirate sites including The Pirate Bay, 1337x.to, and Fmovies  —  Launched in 2008, search engine DuckDuckGo is a go-to service for Internet users who value their privacy.
Max A. Cherney / Protocol:
PitchBook: global AI chip sales grew 60% YoY to $35.9B in 2021; semiconductor startups got $1.8B in VC funding in 2021, up from $1.4B in 2020 and $1.1B in 2019  —  The raw computational power necessary to use machine learning has dwarfed everything else we use computer chips to accomplish by an order of magnitude.

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