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November 2, 2022, 2:05 AM

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Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Musk says the blue checkmark system is “bullshit” and Twitter Blue will cost $8/month with half the ads, priority in replies, mentions, and search, and more  —  Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
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New York Times:
Twitter Chief Customer Officer Sarah Personette resigns; sources: top ad company IPG recommended that clients pause spending on Twitter over moderation concerns  —  At least three Twitter executives have left in recent days, as one of the world's largest ad companies said clients should pause spending on the social media platform.
Kali Hays / Insider:
Comedian and verified Twitter user Tim Heidecker puts the site's moderation practices to the test by starting #TrumpIsDead, which began trending on November 1  —  - A comedian intentionally started the claim, in what could be a test for Elon Musk.  — The claim was trending on Twitter.
Chelsey Cox / CNBC:
FinCEN: US financial firms processed ~$1.2B in likely ransomware payments in 2021, up almost 3x YoY; ~75% of H2 2021 ransomware incidents were linked to Russia  —  - U.S. banks and financial institutions processed more than $1 billion in potential ransomware-related payments in 2021.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
AMD reports Q3 revenue up 29% YoY to $5.57B, vs. $5.62B est., net income down 93% YoY to $66M, and Client unit revenue down nearly 40% YoY due to weak PC sales  —  - Advanced Micro Devices issued fiscal third-quarter results that missed expectations.  — The chipmaker warned …
Ewen Callaway / Nature:
Meta researchers create ESMFold, an LLM to predict the structures of 617M+ metagenomic proteins that is less accurate than DeepMind's AlphaFold but ~60x faster  —  When London-based Deep Mind unveiled predicted structures for some 220 million proteins this year, it covered nearly every protein from known organisms in DNA databases.
David Pierce / The Verge:
YouTube rolls out Primetime Channels in the US, offering shows and movies from 35 partners, including Paramount+ and Epix, and plans to add NBA League Pass soon  —  Streaming services are coming to YouTube.  The company is rolling out a new feature called Primetime Channels that will bring shows …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Rewind, whose Mac app creates a searchable recording to help users find what they've seen, said, or heard, raised a $10M seed led by a16z at a $75M valuation  —  Apple's M1 and M2 chips give Optimizely co-founder a key in  —  While there have been quite a few attempts to disrupt search engines …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch launches Guest Star, which lets streamers pull other creators and fans into their streams for a talk show-like experience, out of beta for all users  —  With its biggest product launch in years, Twitch is betting on a near-future of the platform that features more dynamic conversations …
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Amazon Music VP Steve Boom on offering Prime users the company's ~100M song catalog without ads, running the unit, the music industry, labels, and more  —  Apple Music raised its rates.  Will Amazon Music follow suit? … Steve Boom is the VP of Amazon Music, and he has a great name for the music business.
Andy Robinson / Video Games Chronicle:
Sony reports PlayStation Plus subscribers fell from 47.3M in Q1 to 45.4M in Q2 despite its revamp as PlayStation Network MAUs fell from 103M in Q1 to 102M in Q2  —  PlayStation Plus subscribers have dropped by nearly 2 million users since the revamped service launched in June.
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