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October 30, 2022, 8:00 PM

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Rachel Sharp / The Independent:
In a now-deleted tweet, Elon Musk shared a lurid, baseless conspiracy theory about the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi  —  Billionaire peddled the conspiracy theory on Twitter just days after he completed his takeover of the social media platform
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
Twitter's head of safety and integrity says it has not changed content policies but had been subject to “an organized effort to make people think we have”  —  Platform says 300 accounts carried out 50,000-plus tweets in ‘organised effort to make users think firm has changed content policy’
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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Sources: Twitter is strongly considering making verified users subscribe to Twitter Blue at $4.99 a month or lose their badges  —  Under pressure to generate revenue quickly, Twitter's new CEO considers ending free verification  —  Twitter is strongly considering making its users pay …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: Musk ordered Twitter homepage to be changed to show the Explore page to logged out users, not a sign-up form, which was quietly implemented on Friday  —  On his first day, Twitter's new ‘Chief Twit’ quietly changed the homepage to send a message.
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: Elon Musk planned 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 …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to launch M2-based versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros in early March 2023; M2 Max will have 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores  —  Apple's next group of Macs probably won't launch until early next year, which means it will have fewer new devices to sell in the holiday quarter.
Khari Johnson / Wired:
Interview with Gerard de Graaf, director of a new EU office in San Francisco, on the DMA taking force on November 1 and its likely impact on tech companies  —  The Digital Markets Act will force big tech platforms to break open their walled gardens in 2023, says the EU's new ambassador to Silicon Valley.
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

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