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April 19, 2022, 3:45 PM

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A new study that specifically looked at political speech suggests Twitter's content moderation is biased against agreed-upon misinformation, not conservatives  —  from the if-you-don't-want-to-get-banned-stop- sharing-bullshit dept  —  Behold!  An actually interesting academic study exploring whether …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Twitter is expected to rebuff Musk's bid in the coming days; Apollo Global is considering participating in a bid, as are Morgan Stanley and Thoma Bravo  —  Elon Musk's $43 billion pitch has put the social-media company in play  —  Apollo Global Management is considering participating …
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Alastair Gale / Wall Street Journal:
Russia's war in Ukraine revives internet connectivity fears among some Asia-Pacific countries, should China sever undersea cables as part of an attack on Taiwan  —  Kyiv's successful use of internet to counter Moscow highlights Taiwan's reliance on undersea internet cables that China could cut
MIT Technology Review:
A look at AI-powered surveillance in South Africa, powered by CCTV cameras, video analytics, and fiber internet; Vumacam operates 5,000+ cameras in Johannesburg  —  The cameras are not there yet.  But the fiber already is.  —  Thami Nkosi points to the telltale black box atop a utility pole …
Umar Shakir / The Verge:
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple employees unionizing at Grand Central Terminal store want a $30/hour minimum pay, tuition reimbursement, more vacation time, and better retirement options  —  - Workers organizing a union at Apple's Grand Central Terminal store are seeking minimum pay of $30 per hour.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Brex acquires Pry Financials, a financial planning software startup with ~10 employees, for $90M; Pry raised a $4.2M seed in August 2021 from YC and others  —  In line with its April 13 announcement that it's making a “big push” into software, Brex has acquired Y Combinator-backed Pry Financials …
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle / The Register:
Microsoft increases bug bounty payouts for Office 365 bugs with “the highest potential impact on customer privacy and security” by up to $26K more, or 30%  —  Plus: HP fixes critical Teradici flaws, Karakurt may be a Conti side hustle, and info-stealing malware set free
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gravity Sketch, a service for collaborating on 3D object design, raises a $33M Series A and says it has 100K+ users, with Ford and Adidas among customers  —  Platforms like Figma have changed the game when it comes to how creatives and other stakeholders in the production and product team conceive …

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