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November 6, 2022, 3:00 PM

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New York Times:
Internal post and sources: Twitter is delaying rolling out verification checkmarks to Blue subscribers until November 9, the day after the US midterm elections  —  Users and employees had raised concerns that Elon Musk's plan to give check marks to those who paid a monthly fee could be misused to sow discord.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter appears to roll out its new Blue subscription, offering a blue checkmark for $8 per month on iOS in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK  —  Twitter is officially rolling out its new Twitter Blue subscription service, which offers “blue check” verification to everyone for $8/month.
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
A Twitter product lead says the new Blue subscription isn't live yet but some users may see updates “because we are testing and pushing changes in real-time”  —  Just days after newly minted Twitter CEO Elon Musk floated changes to Twitter's system for verifying user accounts …
Elon Musk / @elonmusk:
Elon Musk says Twitter plans to add the ability to attach long-form text to tweets, implement creator monetization for all forms of content, and improve search  —  Twitter will soon add ability to attach long-form text to tweets, ending absurdity of notepad screenshots
Casey Newton / @caseynewton:
[Thread] Sources and chats in anonymous workplace app Blind: Twitter is asking some laid off employees to come back, including for “some Android and iOS help”  —  Multiple sources and Twitter Blind chats now saying that the company has begun to reach out to some people it laid off yesterday asking them to come back. Whoops! 🥴
Dave Karpf / The Future, Now and Then:
A look at Twitter's chaotic first week under Elon Musk, who is acting like a poker player on tilt trying too hard to get his money back all at once  —  Well, Elon's first week running Twitter has gone worse than I expected.  I said last week that I thought the platform would be pretty …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Ashley Capoot / CNBC:
Jack Dorsey apologizes for growing Twitter “too quickly” amid mass layoffs; Twitter's headcount jumped from ~2,000 to 7,500+ between June 2013 and December 2021  —  - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey apologized Saturday for growing the company “too quickly,” a day after hundreds …
Stephen Graves / Decrypt:
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Hands-on with Matter devices at a launch event: Matter has a long way to go before delivering on its promise of an interoperable and simple smart home standard  —  At the official launch event for Matter this week, I saw a lot of exciting things: a Google Nest Hub controlling an Eve Energy smart plug …
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon, BurgerFi, Chili's, and other companies end or are rethinking delivery and restaurant robot trials, unable to balance the costs against their usefulness  —  In retail, fast food and delivery, robots with names like Roxo, Rita and Scout have delivered mixed, sometimes quirky results, at costs some companies find too high.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism:
An investigation details India's “hack-for-hire” industry that helps global corporate intelligence clients target businesses, journalists, and politicians  —  In a quiet alcove of the opulent Leela Palace hotel in Delhi, two British corporate investigators were listening intently …

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