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April 27, 2022, 8:05 PM

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Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Experts speculate as to what Elon Musk's takeover means for Twitter users' privacy; some worry that there is nothing stopping him from accessing users' DMs  —  The social network's user data and more will soon be at the whims of the world's richest man.  Who's worried?
Ellery Biddle / Coda Story:
A look at the impact outside the US if Twitter threw out its content rules and embraced an absolute commitment to free speech, including in India and Ethiopia  —  Musk's free speech absolutism could stoke conflict in countries like India and Ethiopia  —  While protest movements have risen and fallen …
Billy Perrigo / TIME:
Some Twitter employees fear the acquisition by Elon Musk, who has followers who carry out targeted harassment, could undercut years trying to make Twitter safer  —  There's an old joke among Twitter employees that being on the platform is like playing a huge online multiplayer game where every …
Max Read / Read Max:
Meta:
Meta reports Q1 revenue of $27.9B, up 7% YoY, net income of $7.5B, down 21% YoY, Family of Apps daily active people of 2.87B, up 6% YoY; stock jumps 19%+  —  MENLO PARK, Calif., April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Meta Platforms, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.
Daniel Howley / Yahoo Finance:
Meta reports Q1 ad revenue of $27B vs. $27.5B est., and says it expects FY 2022 expenses between $87B and $92B, less than the previously announced $90B to $95B  —  Facebook parent company Meta (FB) reported its Q1 2022 earnings on Wednesday, meeting expectations for revenue, but falling short on earnings per share.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
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 …
Noah Bressner / Axios:
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Apple debuts Self Service Repair in the US for iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and new iPhone SE models, and 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.
Corin Faife / The Verge:
Study of 100 popular Twitter accounts: since Elon Musk's Twitter deal was finalized, conservative accounts gained ~17K followers while liberal accounts lost ~6K  —  Social media data analyzed by The Verge shows conservative accounts winning and liberals losing out
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Tom Burt / Microsoft On the Issues:
Microsoft says at least six Russia-aligned actors launched 237+ cyberattacks against Ukraine from Feb. 23 to Apr. 8, including ~40 threatening civilian welfare  —  Tom Burt - Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust  —  Today, we released a report detailing the relentless …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitch is weighing reducing the subscription revenue cut for creators in its partner program from 70% to 50%, 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 …
William Turton / Bloomberg:
Sources: data obtained from Meta, Apple, Google, Snap, Discord, and others through fake legal requests have been used to harass women and sexually extort minors  —  Major technology companies have been duped into providing sensitive personal information about their customers in response …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Sources: PayPal is closing its San Francisco office, which houses its Xoom unit, as it evaluates its global footprint; staff from the office will work virtually  —  PayPal is shuttering its San Francisco office as it evaluates its global office footprint.  —  Multiple sources say the payments giant …
BBC:
Central African Republic lawmakers vote unanimously to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, the second country to use bitcoin as official currency after El Salvador  —  The Central African Republic (CAR) has approved Bitcoin as legal tender - just the second country to do so.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Q1: revenue rose 24% YoY to €2.66B, including €282M from ads, up 31% YoY; paid subs rose 15% YoY to 182M, despite losing 1.5M in Russia; stock down 12%+  —  Spotify Technology SA has spent more than a billion dollars in an effort to become the No. 1 name in podcasting …
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

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