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May 27, 2022, 8:35 PM

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Kate Conger / New York Times:
In an April 4 letter, the SEC told Elon Musk it is probing his March purchases and disclosures of Twitter stock, and whether he was truly a “passive” investor  —  The regulator questioned whether the Tesla chief executive had disclosed his stake at the right time.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Rest of World:
Some people in countries with high inflation say they lost thousands in savings after investing in UST, which seemed more stable than their local currency  —  “I have nothing left, not even a penny.”  —  Valeria makes around $300 a month selling prepared food from her home in Buenos Aires.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
The CWA withdraws its bid for a union election next week for staff at an Atlanta Apple store, citing Apple's “sophisticated campaign to intimidate” and COVID-19  —  The labor group trying to organize Apple Inc. employees at an Atlanta store is withdrawing its request for an election …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
A look at PimEyes, a paid facial recognition service that charges up to $300 per month to exclude photos, which some women describe as “essentially extortion”  —  PimEyes is a paid service that finds photos of a person from across the internet, including some the person may not want exposed.
Michelle Ma / Protocol:
Layoffs.fyi data: 60+ tech companies had job cuts in May, with 16,000+ employees laid off; notable layoffs in the last month include Getir, Bolt, and Klarna  —  What goes up must come down.  —  High-flying startups with record valuations, huge hiring goals and ambitious expansion plans …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Microsoft confirms it is building an HDMI device codenamed Keystone that can be connected to a TV or monitor to run Xbox Game Pass and its cloud gaming service  —  The key to the cloud.  —  For a few years, rumors have persisted that Microsoft was exploring building some form of streaming stick …
Budi Sutrisno / Tech in Asia:
Jakarta-based Bibit, which offers robo-advisor services to help millennial users invest in mutual funds based on their risk profiles, raises $80M+ led by GIC  —  Indonesia-based investment app Bibit has raised over US$80 million in a funding round led by GIC, with participation from Prosus Ventures and other existing investors.
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