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November 15, 2022, 10:55 AM

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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk fired at least two Twitter engineers who publicly criticized him on the social network, in one case announcing the firing in a now-deleted tweet  —  Twitter Inc. owner Elon Musk, who has called himself a “free speech absolutist,” has resorted to firing company engineers who publicly criticize him on the social-media service.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
A look at a document from Twitter's trust and safety team on November 1 detailing how the Blue subscription could be abused, largely ignored in a rush to launch  —  Employees and advertisers keep warning him about the risks of changes he's making to Twitter — but he's not listening
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
The New York Times' bizarre SBF profile presents the disgraced founder through a gauzy lens, fails to challenge him, and gives him the benefit of the doubt  —  FTX filed for bankruptcy on Friday, leaving reasonable people to wonder how a cryptocurrency platform founded in 2019 …
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Apple plans to expand Emergency SOS via Satellite to France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December, after launching the service in the US and Canada  —  The iPhone 14 lineup's Emergency SOS via satellite and Find My via satellite features will launch in four additional countries next month, Apple today announced.
Victoria Song / The Verge:
Hands-on with Apple's Emergency SOS via Satellite, rolling out now: the feature works well, texting via satellite takes a while, and users should try the demo  —  You don't have to hold your arm up to get a signal, though there is a lot of turning around and waiting when trying to connect to satellites.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sam Bankman-Fried has unsuccessfully continued to attempt to raise $8B to plug FTX's shortfall, despite filing for bankruptcy and resigning as CEO  —  Alongside a few remaining employees, Mr. Bankman-Fried spent the weekend calling around in search of new commitments from investors
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Bankruptcy filings: FTX CEO John J. Ray III appoints new directors, discloses conversations with “dozens” of regulators, and estimates creditors at over 1M  —  FTX filed its first substantive look at the exchange's bankruptcy process days after declaring bank
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
An analysis of FTX's nightmare balance sheet and Serum, an FTX-created coin and protocol, marked as the largest “deliverable” asset at ~$5.4B before November 8  —  The box  —  There is so much, but I want to start with Serum.  —  If a troubled company has a few days …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia RTX 4080 review: great 4K performance, transformative DLSS 3, and 16GB of VRAM, but huge, expensive, and the dongle adapter is annoying  —  Nvidia is back with another new 40-series card.  The RTX 4080 can deliver impressive 4K gaming compared to the RTX 30-series.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amazon Clinic, a telehealth marketplace for third-party virtual consultants, available in 32 US states, months after shuttering Amazon Care  —  The ink is not yet dry on Amazon's $4 billion acquisition of OneMedical, but in the meantime, the online services giant is making …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft launches a preview of Supply Chain Center, a command center to help monitor supply chains with data from Oracle, SAP, and others, and its own tools  —  Microsoft Corp. unveiled software that will help customers track and coordinate supply-chain systems by combining data …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Filing: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway acquires ~60.1M of TSMC's American depositary shares, worth $4.1B+, in Q3 2022; TSMC's stock closed up 7.87%  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) said it bought more than $4.1 billion of stock in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (2330.TW) …

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