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May 16, 2022, 7:40 PM

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Parag Agrawal / @paraga:
Bloomberg:
Elon Musk says a Twitter deal at a lower price wouldn't be “out of the question”, speaking to a Miami tech conference crowd; Twitter stock closes down 8%+  —  Elon Musk stoked speculation that he could seek to renegotiate his takeover of Twitter Inc., saying a viable deal at a lower price wouldn't be “out of the question.”
Rand Fishkin / SparkToro:
Analysis: 44,058 randomly selected public Twitter accounts that have tweeted in the past 90 days and could resemble mDAUs shows 19.42% are likely spam or fake  —  TL;DR - From May 13-15, 2022, SparkToro and Followerwonk conducted a rigorous, joint analysis of 44,058 public Twitter accounts active in the last 90 days.
CoinDesk:
Luna Foundation Guard says the company depleted its bitcoin reserves from ~80K to 313 and plans to use its remaining assets to compensate UST users  —  The announcement comes after criticism of the Luna Foundation Guard's “lack of transparency.”  —  The Luna Foundation Guard (LFG) …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitch's takedown of the May 14 mass murder livestream seems to violate Texas' social media law, given that an amendment for terrorism content exceptions failed  —  As you've no doubt heard, on Saturday there was yet another horrific shooting, this one in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding more.
New York Times:
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Uber unveils a new option to book a bus or a passenger van, a trip itinerary feature for booking rides during an extended trip, event guest vouchers, and more  —  - Uber announced its latest slate of updates Monday ahead of what's expected to be a busy travel and events season.
Oli Welsh / Polygon:
Sony sets the games lineup for PS Plus, launching in Asia on May 24, Japan on June 2, the Americas on June 13, and Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on June 23  —  PS2 emulation appears to be missing from disappointing offering of classic games  —  Sony has announced the initial lineup …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Podcasts gains storage clean-up tools and annual subscriptions support; this fall, creators will be able to upload podcasts from third-party providers  —  As the battle for podcaster talent and distribution heats up among providers, Apple this morning announced the launch of several …
Quartz:
MiamiCoin is down ~95% in value from its September peak, after the city promoted it to Miami residents and made millions of dollars through its CityCoins deal  —  On Feb. 2, the city of Miami cashed out its cryptocurrency MiamiCoin for the first time, depositing $5.25 million into city coffers.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft tells employees it will nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary bumps and raise its range for annual stock-based compensation by 25%+  —  Microsoft plans to nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary increases, and increase its range for annual stock-based compensation …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple now allows devs to auto-renew users for increased subscription prices once a year as long as the increase doesn't exceed $50 or 50% of the annual price  —  Apple today informed developers that it is implementing a new subscription feature that will allow customers to be charged automatically …

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