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April 29, 2022, 9:20 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Peter Thiel, Jack Dorsey, and others who dislike Twitter's direction pushed Elon Musk to launch a bid; Musk remains dismayed that Trump is still banned  —  Behind the scenes, fellow billionaires and internet provocateurs bent Tesla CEO's ear; Jack Dorsey's role  —  Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y in 2019.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Right-wing users are celebrating Elon Musk buying Twitter not for his “free speech” promises but because he could make the platform serve their populist agenda  —  Conservatives on Twitter have greeted Elon Musk as a liberator.  The mega-billionaire is in the process of purchasing …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
At an all-hands, CEO Parag Agrawal acknowledged Twitter was vulnerable to a takeover since it had historically underachieved and asked staff to “embrace change”  —  CEO Parag Agrawal on five years of regrets  —  Late Thursday night, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announced the company …
CNBC:
Filings: Elon Musk sold ~$8.4B worth of Tesla stock in the days after his bid to take Twitter private; on Thursday, Musk tweeted “No further TSLA sales planned”  —  - Elon Musk sold roughly $8.4 billion worth of Tesla shares in the days following his bid to take Twitter private …
Reuters:
Sources: Elon Musk has a new Twitter CEO lined up and offered monetizing ideas, like charging websites for quoting or embedding tweets from verified accounts  —  Elon Musk told banks that agreed to help fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) that he could crack down on executive …
Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:
Sources: China plans to end its regulatory crackdown on the country's Big Tech companies and give internet platforms a bigger role to boost its ailing economy  —  A symposium involving Chinese Big Tech has been scheduled after the Labour Day holiday to assure business leaders on the new direction …
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Report finds Amazon and third parties collect data from interactions with Alexa through Echo speakers and share it with as many as 41 partners for ad targeting  —  Amazon and third parties use data from smart speakers to sell you stuff, says report  —  A report released last week contends …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Salesforce plans to extend California's Silenced No More Act protections, which limit the scope of NDAs, to all US employees in 2022, after shareholder pressure  —  Salesforce just became the latest tech giant to commit to limiting the scope of its non-disclosure agreements …
Meaghan Tobin / Rest of World:
Despite SpaceX's global ambitions for Starlink, data shows 98% of users live in the West; many delays come down to regulatory challenges in markets like India  —  Despite global ambitions, Elon Musk's Starlink struggles to reach users outside North America and Europe.
Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Insider Intelligence: Amazon has the largest market share of US e-commerce at ~39%, but it grew by just 0.2% in 2021 and 2022 so far, the slowest rate in years  —  Tech giant remains nation's leading online retailer, but signs of weakness have emerged recently
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