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April 20, 2022, 8:00 AM

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Emily McCormick / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix reports losing 200K net subscribers in Q1, vs. an estimated 2.5M net additions, and $7.87B revenue, vs. $7.95B est.; Netflix stock drops 25%+  —  Netflix (NFLX) reported an unexpected decline in first-quarter net subscribers as the company navigated an exit from Russia and an increasingly saturated North American market.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix estimates that its users are sharing passwords with 100M+ non-paying households globally, including 30M+ in the US and Canada, in violation of its rules  —  There's a whole lot of password-sharing going on across Netflix's customer base — and the streaming giant is eager to pocket …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Reed Hastings says Netflix plans to offer cheaper, ad-supported plans and will examine what those plans will look like “over the next year or two”  —  Co-CEO Reed Hastings revealed the move on an earnings call after the streaming giant disclosed it lost 200,000 subscribers during its most recent quarter.
Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
Sources: Elon Musk is evaluating various debt packages, including preferred debt and a loan against his shares of Tesla, to secure financing for his Twitter bid  —  The world's richest man is trying to shore up debt financing, including potentially taking out a loan against his shares of Tesla, so he can buy Twitter for $43 billion.
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Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Canalys:
Global smartphone shipments fell 11% in Q1 2022; Samsung grew its market share from 22% to 24%, Apple gained from 15% to 18%, and Xiaomi dipped from 14% to 13%  —  Worldwide smartphone shipments fell 11% amid unfavorable economic conditions and sluggish seasonal demand in the first quarter of 2022.
Bloomberg:
Google and Meta restrict the accounts of Hong Kong's sole chief executive candidate, John Lee, citing US sanctions from 2020 on Lee for crushing protests  —  Google and Meta Platforms Inc. moved on Wednesday to curtail the social media presence of Hong Kong's sole chief executive candidate …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Robinhood revives its UK expansion plans and agrees to acquire crypto app Ziglu, one of the few crypto companies to secure Financial Conduct Authority approval  —  - Robinhood has agreed to buy Ziglu, a London-based fintech app that lets users trade bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies.
Kyle Alspach / VentureBeat:
Okta's probe into the January Lapsus$ breach of a third-party vendor concludes that it lasted only 25 consecutive minutes and impacted just two active customers  —  Okta said Tuesday that a forensic investigation that it commissioned found that the hacker group Lapsus$ accessed …
New York Times:
A timeline of warnings from investors over the past decade about a tech startup bubble that never burst; instead of a collapse, things got bubblier  —  The venture capitalists are sounding the alarm.  At posh conferences, they buzz about falling valuations for start-ups.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Brave browser introduces De-AMP, a feature which bypasses Google-hosted AMP pages and takes users straight to the original website  —  Yet another nail in the AMP coffin  —  Brave announced a new feature for its browser on Tuesday: De-AMP, which automatically jumps past any page rendered …
Maddie Stone / Project Zero:
Google's Project Zero: 58 in-the-wild 0-days were detected and shared in 2021, more than double the previous record, as the industry improves at finding 0-days  —  A Year in Review of 0-days Used In-the-Wild in 2021  —  This is our third annual year in review of 0-days exploited in-the-wild [2020, 2019].

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