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April 30, 2022, 5:05 PM

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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the challenges Apple is facing as it develops its own wireless modem, expected to replace Qualcomm chips in 2023 iPhones  —  A series of moves by the tech giant, as well as signals from its suppliers, make clear that it aims to start designing the modems of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Inside Twitter, frustrations mount over Elon Musk's moderation plans and his limited knowledge, ahead of the Brazil general elections and the US midterms  —  Content moderators warn that Elon Musk doesn't appear to understand the issues that he and the company will face if he drops its guardrails around speech.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
India's Enforcement Directorate says it has seized $725M from Xiaomi's local bank accounts over allegedly illegal royalty payments to its foreign subsidiaries  —  India said on Saturday it had seized $725 million from the local bank accounts of China's Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple says it will remove apps that haven't been updated in three years and have few downloads from the App Store, extends the time to update from 30 to 90 days  —  Late last week, controversy erupted after Apple began notifying some developers that their apps that had not been updated …
Ax Sharma / Wired:
Hollywood's fight against VPN providers like ExpressVPN now goes beyond piracy, as a recent lawsuit alleges VPNs enable crimes like hacking, murder, and more  —  Beyond accusations of encouraging copyright infringement, film companies have begun accusing VPNs of enabling a slew of illegal activity.
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
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