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July 12, 2022, 6:50 PM

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New York Times:
Twitter sues Elon Musk to force the completion of his acquisition of Twitter in the Chancery Court in Delaware  —  The question of whether Elon Musk must buy Twitter, as he agreed to do in April, is headed to a court in Delaware.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Wired:
Employees say “Twitter is a shit show internally”, fed up by weak leadership and a lack of management support amid targeted harassment from outside the company  —  Days after the deal to buy Twitter fell apart, fed-up employees say they are being kept in the dark.
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify acquires Heardle, describing the music trivia game inspired by Wordle as a “tool for musical discovery”, and plans to keep it as a standalone site  —  The game, which challenges users to identify a song based on short audio clips, will remain free to play for users.
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Sources: Apple ends its consulting agreement with Jony Ive that made Apple his firm's primary client and limited Ive from taking on work Apple found competitive  —  Three years after promising to work “long into the future” with the man behind its candy-colored computers, Apple and Mr. Ive are through.
James Vincent / The Verge:
In Germany, South Korea, and other countries, BMW starts selling subscriptions or charging one-time fees to unlock heated seats, engine sound options, and more  —  The auto industry is racing towards a future full of microtransactions  —  BMW is now selling subscriptions for heated seats …
Jeremy Hill / Bloomberg:
Liquidators say they can't find Three Arrows Capital founders Kyle Davies and Zhu Su, and seek to subpoena them to prevent the dissipation of the fund's assets  —  The founders of bankrupt crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital haven't been cooperating in the firm's liquidation process …
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Medium founder Evan Williams says he is stepping down as CEO, to be replaced by Tony Stubblebine, and plans to start a new holding company and research lab  —  Mr. Williams, the company's founder and a co-founder of Twitter and Blogger, said in a post that he planned to start a new holding company and research lab.
Gareth Vipers / Wall Street Journal:
Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
Animoca Brands announces a $75.32M raise at a $5.9B valuation, the second tranche of its $360M round in January 2022 that valued the NFT company at $5.5B  —  The infusion is the second tranche of January's funding round, which nabbed almost $360 million and valued the investment company at $5.5 billion.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Executives from Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Meta, Google, and 500+ business, education, and nonprofit leaders urge US states to boost computer science education  —  More than 500 business, education and nonprofit leaders have teamed with Seattle-based computer education nonprofit Code.org …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Filing: Amazon and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are developing “personalized” cancer vaccines and have launched an FDA-approved clinical trial  —  - Amazon is working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to develop cancer vaccines, according to a filing.
Michael Kan / PCMag:
Melissa Heikkilä / MIT Technology Review:
BigScience, an effort by 1K+ AI researchers and NLP startup Hugging Face, releases BLOOM, an open-access multilingual language model bigger than GPT-3, for free  —  A group of over 1,000 AI researchers has created a multilingual large language model bigger than GPT-3—and they're giving it out for free.
Peter White / Deadline:
HBO and HBO Max receive 140 Emmy nominations, while Netflix gets 105, Hulu 58, Apple TV+ 52, Disney+ 34, Amazon 30, and broadcast network TV a new low of 86  —  The Emmy nomination battle between HBO and Netflix took a new turn this morning with the Warner Bros. Discovery company soaring past its streaming rival.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Pakistan-based Airlift, which delivers goods in 30 minutes, is shutting down after failing to raise more funding; Airlift raised an $85M Series B in August 2021  —  Airlift, Pakistan's top startup, is shutting down, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch, following its inability to raise fresh capital.

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