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May 17, 2022, 1:10 PM

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Edwin Chan / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk says the Twitter deal “cannot move forward” until Twitter proves bots are <5% of users, claiming his offer is based on “SEC filings being accurate”  —  Elon Musk said he'll proceed with his $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc. only if the social media giant …
PR Newswire:
In a preliminary SEC proxy statement, Twitter says it is “committed to completing the transaction on the agreed price and terms as promptly as practicable”  —  Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced that it has filed its preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Apple announces several accessibility features, including Watch improvements and a live captioning tool for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, rolling out later in 2022  —  Apple has released a bevy of new accessibility features for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac, including a universal live captioning tool …
Corin Faife / The Verge:
Despite continuing to tweet on other topics, Elon Musk has so far been silent on the Buffalo shooting livestream, a content moderation challenge  —  The free speech advocate had no comment on Twitter's scramble to block videos of the mass shooting  —  On May 14th, social media platforms …
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 per 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 …
Ryan Weeks / The Block:
Coinbase says it will “slow hiring and reassess our headcount needs” during the market downturn, after initially planning to triple its workforce in 2022  —  Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has reined in a plan to triple its headcount this year in response to turbulent market conditions.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Report details the challenges Apple's mixed reality headset has faced over the years, including initial pushback from Jony Ive on a VR headset concept  —  Rendering by Antonia De Rosa.  Edited by 9to5Mac.  —  Since beginning its efforts in 2015, Apple's work on a mixed reality headset …
Ezra Marcus / New York Times:
An in-depth look at OnlyFans agencies, which manage hundreds of models' accounts and use teams of ghostwriters to chat with subscribers in private messages  —  Clever marketers have figured out how easy it is to simulate online intimacy at scale, ventriloquizing alluring models with cheap, offshore labor.
Washington Post:
A look at tech political advocacy group American Edge, founded by Meta, as it tries to create the appearance of grassroots opposition to antitrust reform  —  Records show Facebook-funded American Edge backed minority interest groups, conservative think tanks and small business groups to create …
Entrackr:
Paytm Mall, the e-commerce arm of Paytm, loses Alibaba and Ant Financial as investors, and its valuation drops from $3B to $13M  —  As Paytm Mall joins the government-backed e-commerce platform, the Open Network for Digital Commerce or ONDC, the firm sheds almost 99.5% of its valuation that it built since 2017.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Linktree partners with OpenSea to let creators add NFTs to their profiles, either as an “NFT Gallery” link, profile image, or background  —  Link-in-bio platform Linktree is the latest company that is looking to integrate NFTs into its service, as the company has revealed a set …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Memo: Apple indefinitely delays its three-day-per-week return to office deadline, citing rising COVID cases; staff still expected in the office two days a week  —  Apple Inc. delayed a plan to require workers to come back to the office three days a week, citing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
A.Team, a gig marketplace for product engineers, emerges from stealth with a $55M Series A co-led by Tiger, Insight, and Spruce and a $5M seed led by NFX  —  The gig economy has, to use a well-worn word, disrupted industries from ride-hailing to quick-service restaurants.
Afsaneh Rigot / Wired:
Tech that is designed for marginalized and vulnerable groups from the start is better, safer, more innovative, robust, and integrative of privacy  —  Building around the so-called typical user is a dangerous mistake.  —  What do Russian protesters have in common with Twitter users freaked …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US DOJ says that Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez, a cardiologist in Venezuela, created, rented to cybercriminals, and profited from Jigsaw and Thanos ransomware  —  The US Department of Justice today said that Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez (Zagala), a 55-year-old cardiologist with French …

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