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April 27, 2022, 12:30 PM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Filing: Elon Musk agreed not to post tweets about his Twitter deal that “disparage the company or any of its representatives”; the costs of a breach are unclear  —  Elon Musk isn't allowed to post tweets about his deal to buy Twitter Inc. if they “disparage the company …
Politico:
Sources: in a meeting, Twitter's top lawyer Vijaya Gadde reassured staff and cried as she expressed concerns about how the company could change under Elon Musk  —  Monday was an emotional day at Twitter — even for its executives.  —  Shortly after billionaire Elon Musk bought …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Apple launches Self Service Repair in the US, covering iPhone SE and iPhone 12 and 13 lineups, with plans to expand to Europe and add M1 Macs by the end of 2022  —  The tech giant says it's offering repair manuals online, along with giving everyday people the chance to buy parts and tools to repair devices themselves.
Alphabet - Investor Relations:
Alphabet reports Q1 revenue rose 23% YoY to $68.01B, as net income dropped to $16.44B, down from $17.93B YoY; traffic acquisition costs rose 23%  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 26, 2022 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.
William Turton / Bloomberg:
Sources: data obtained through fake legal requests have been used to harass women and sexually extort minors; Meta, Apple, Google, and others handed over data  —  Major technology companies have been duped into providing sensitive personal information about their customers in response …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
New Apple Studio Display beta firmware offers minimal webcam quality improvements, suggesting software is not the issue; the culprit may be the ultra-wide lens  —  When Apple announced Studio Display, it promised “sensational” webcam quality.  However, as customers got their hands on the product …
Max Read / Read Max:
Elon Musk is unlikely to fix or change Twitter to any great extent because his experience of the service — tweeting and getting richer — is already ideal  —  You're reading Read Max, a newsletter about the future.  This edition is free for all.  Read Max is an independent newsletter supported by reader subscriptions.
Ellery Biddle / Coda Story:
A look at the impact that loosened content moderation rules at Twitter could have outside the US, including in India and Ethiopia  —  Musk's free speech absolutism could stoke conflict in countries like India and Ethiopia  — BY ELLERY BIDDLE 22 APRIL, 2022 - FEATURE
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Filing: Twitter must pay a $1B termination fee for taking another offer or telling shareholders to vote against Musk, who would also owe $1B for ending the deal  —  Twitter Inc. will be required to pay a termination fee of $1 billion under certain circumstances if it ends an agreement …
Siva Vaidhyanathan / Slate:
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue rose 24% YoY to €2.66B, including €282M from ads, up 31% YoY; paid subscribers rose 15% YoY to 182M, despite losing 1.5M in Russia  —  Spotify Technology SA sank as a flat margin outlook failed to energize investors who have stuck with the stock through …
Peter Guest / Rest of World:
An in-depth look at how governments in 60+ countries have enacted 935+ internet blackouts since 2016 to control populations and silence dissent  —  Seven years, 60 countries, 935 internet shutdowns: How authoritarian regimes found an off switch for dissent.  —  PROLOGUE  —  Special operation and peace
David Kirton / Reuters:
Chinese drone maker DJI says it will temporarily suspend business in Russia and Ukraine to ensure its products are not used in combat  —  Chinese drone giant DJI Technology Co Ltd said it will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine pending a review, it said.
Noah Bressner / Axios:
A federal judge denies Elon Musk's request to scrap a 2018 SEC settlement that requires pre-approval for some of his tweets about Tesla  —  A federal judge on Wednesday denied Elon Musk's request to scrap a 2018 settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that required some of his tweets to be preapproved.
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitch is considering cutting the revenue share for top creators in its partner program to 50%, from 70%, among other changes to boost its revenue  —  Twitch, the Amazon.com Inc.-owned live-streaming website, is weighing potential changes to how it pays top talent …
Kevin McLaughlin / The Information:
Corporate data management and security startup Veza, formerly Cookie.ai, raises $50M led by Accel at a $500M valuation  —  Accel has led a $50 million funding round for cybersecurity startup Veza at a valuation of around $500 million, CEO and co-founder Tarun Thakur said in an exclusive interview.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google releases Android 13 Beta 1, which adds developer features like permissions for more granular access to media files and anticipatory audio routing APIs  —  The first public beta is here  —  The first public beta of Android 13 is now available for anyone with a compatible Pixel device …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Twitter confirms it quietly “limit[ed] the visibility” of promotional tweets via its ad platform about HBO documentary Q: Into the Storm in 2021  —  Twitter told the director of “Q: Into the Storm” it had “made the decision not to allow promotion of this documentary” when he tried to advertise the film.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Doppler, which offers encrypted tools for developers to manage app secrets, raises a $20M Series A led by CRV  —  Secrets management, or the use of tools to access and create digital authentication credentials, was growing in adoption pre-pandemic.  But as the health crises forced businesses …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @quinnypig
CNBC:
Nasdaq closes down 3.95% to a 52-week low led by tech stocks, including Tesla down 12.2%, Coinbase down 5.9%, Netflix down 5.5%, Apple down 3.7%, Meta down 3.2%  —  U.S. stocks fell sharply on Tuesday with shares selling off into the close, as investors dumped equities on fears of an economic slowdown.

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