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October 30, 2022, 3:17 AM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Sources: on October 28, Twitter engineers were told to print out their last 30 to 60 days of code for Elon Musk to review, and then told to shred the 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 October 29, before staff are scheduled to receive stock grants on November 1  —  The billionaire planned to begin layoffs as soon as Saturday, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk planned …
Martin Peers / The Information:
Source: Elon Musk fired top Twitter executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, “for cause”, in an apparent attempt to avoid severance and unvested stock payouts  —  When Elon Musk terminated four top Twitter executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal on Thursday …
New York Times:
Sources: at Twitter's HQ, former head of product Kayvon Beykpour, David Sacks, and Elon Musk's personal attorney were spotted on Musk's first full day as owner  —  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.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Alex Stamos / @alexstamos:
[Thread] Elon Musk made himself the global face of content moderation amid growing government pressures even as his Tesla wealth 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.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Amid a downturn, tech companies may shift their focus from “gee-whiz” projects, like self-driving cars and metaverses, to truly useful products that make money  —  History shows that downturns are when the industry shifts focus from flashy novelties to things that are truly useful
Jared Council / Forbes:
New Orleans-based Resilia, which sells software that helps nonprofits manage their operations, raised a $35M Series B, bringing its total funding to nearly $50M  —  Sevetri Wilson is not your average tech company founder.  She's a Black woman, she has no coding experience …

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