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April 19, 2022, 5:30 PM

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Emily McCormick / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix reports losing 200K subscribers in Q1, vs. 2.5M net additions est., and revenue of $7.87B, vs. $7.95B est.; the stock is down 24%+ after hours  —  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 service is being shared with more than 100M non-paying households worldwide, including 30M+ in the US and Canada  —  There's a whole lot of password-sharing going on across Netflix's customer base — and the streaming giant is eager to pocket a big chunk of change from the freeloading masses.
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:
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 …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Robinhood revives its UK expansion plans after agreeing to buy 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.
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 …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Google's automated “inclusive warning” on Docs is very broken and annoying, like suggesting “landlord” may not be inclusive but making no notes about the N-word  —  A feature rolling out this month uses algorithms to suggest edits in Google Docs, but falls into the same bias traps it's trying to prevent.
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
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