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April 25, 2022, 3:35 PM

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Twitter has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired “by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk”, for $54.20/share in cash, in a deal valued at ~$44B  —  - Twitter's board accepted billionaire Elon Musk's offer to buy the social media company and take it private, the company confirmed.
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Reuters:
Analysis: Elon Musk's Twitter bid includes a risky $12.5B margin loan, secured against Tesla stock and potentially costing ~$1B/year, and $21B of his own cash  —  It is the biggest acquisition financing ever put forward for one person.  Elon Musk is doing it his way.
Osato Avan-Nomayo / The Block:
A hacker stole millions of dollars' worth of NFTs via a phishing attack compromising Bored Ape Yacht Club's Instagram and promoting a malicious “mint” link  —  Quick Take  — Bored Ape Yacht Club's official Instagram account was hacked.  — A hacker stole 91 NFTs from users …
Jamie Powell / Financial Times:
Tim Copeland / The Block:
OpenSea acquires NFT aggregator Gem, which helps users buy and sell NFTs across marketplaces, for an undisclosed sum; Gem will operate as a standalone brand  —  Quick Take  — NFT marketplace OpenSea has acquired NFT aggregator Gem.  — Gem will continue to operate as a standalone brand.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Netflix staff morale is down amid its declining stock price, subscriber losses, and an engineering restructuring to create “junior” and “senior” levels  —  As Netflix shares plunge to their lowest point in five years, the company risks losing its most valuable resource: its star employees.
Financial Times:
UK virtual events startup Hopin, which raised $1B+ and reached a $7.8B valuation, is struggling; its Explore page lists fewer than 500 events, down from 15K+  —  British group gained $7.8bn valuation in pandemic, but lay-offs and slump in secondary market trades have followed
CNBC:
The UAE grants crypto exchange Kraken a license to operate, after Binance and FTX; Kraken plans to open an HQ in Abu Dhabi and be the first to offer AED trading  —  - Kraken will open an office in Abu Dhabi and become the first exchange to offer UAE dirham trading after receiving a full license …
Washington Post:
Apple, Amazon, and Google have turned to old union-busting tactics, like surveilling workers suspected of organizing, posting propaganda, and hiring consultants  —  Tech companies are facing increasing momentum from workers trying to organize  —  At a Staten Island warehouse set to start …

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