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May 16, 2022, 11:50 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:
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) …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Report: the real-time bidding industry exposes a person's online activity and location 747 times per day on average in the US and 376 times a day in Europe  —  New data about the real-time-bidding (RTB) system's use of web users' info for tracking and ad targeting, released today …
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.
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 lets developers 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 …
Bloomberg:
Logs: the alleged Buffalo gunman spoke explicitly in a private Discord server about his plans to carry out and livestream an attack since at least December 2021  —  The accused gunman behind 10 deaths and 3 injuries in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend had spoken explicitly about his plans …
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.
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.
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 …

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