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October 29, 2022, 8:10 PM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Sources: Twitter engineers were told on Friday to print out their last 30 to 60 days of code for Elon Musk to review, before being told to shred those printouts  —  Twitter has a new CEO.  And he'd like to see your code, please  —  Elon Musk took over Twitter on Thursday like a military general …
New York Times:
Sources: Elon Musk plans to begin layoffs at Twitter as soon as Saturday, to take place before November 1, when staff were scheduled to receive stock grants  —  The billionaire planned to begin layoffs as soon as Saturday, people with knowledge of the matter said.
New York Times:
Sources: spotted at Twitter's HQ today on Musk's first full day as owner were former head of product Kayvon Beykpour, David Sacks, and Musk's personal attorney  —  The billionaire began as Twitter's new owner by announcing a content moderation council and meeting employees, as some of the social media service's users celebrated.
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Bloomberg:
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Alex Stamos / @alexstamos:
[Thread] Musk made himself the global face of content moderation amid growing governmental pressures, even as his wealth via Tesla depends on China and others  —  I think @elonmusk has made a huge mistake, making himself the global face of content moderation at a critical moment of struggle with governments, while maintaining massive personal exposure to challenging countries.
David Gilbert / VICE:
Some users test the limits of Twitter's moderation system following Musk's takeover by using profane slurs, racial epithets, and other forms of hate speech  —  The very first hours of Musk's stewardship of Twitter have been dominated by users relishing their ability to use profane slurs and racial epithets.
John Walker / Kotaku:
Adobe apps will no longer support Pantone-owned colors for free due to a licensing change; users would need an Adobe plug-in costing $15/month to access colors  —  Due to a change in how Adobe licenses Pantone colors, old PSD files could start being filled in black
Bloomberg:
A book excerpt details Netflix's shift from DVDs and tensions with HBO, which took a hard line on streaming rights, leading Netflix to make its own content  —  Jeffrey Bewkes scanned his mind, searching for the perfect war metaphor.  —  It was December 2010.
Karl Bode / VICE:
A Reddit user provides a detailed look at a decommissioned Netflix cache server with 262TB of storage; such servers are often embedded within major ISP networks  —  A Netflix cache server is getting a second chance at life thanks to Redditors.  —  KB  —  A Redditor says they've managed …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google acquired Alter, an AI avatar startup that helps creators and brands express their virtual identity; source: the deal closed two months ago for ~$100M  —  Google has acquired Alter, an artificial intelligence (AI) avatar startup that helps creators and brands express their virtual identity …

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