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November 15, 2022, 1:25 PM

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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  —  What began as the firing of two longtime Twitter Inc. engineers after they criticized their new boss has turned into a purge …
Casey Newton / @caseynewton:
[Thread] Sources: ~20 Twitter employees who criticized Elon Musk in Twitter's Slack channels were fired overnight via email  —  NEW: Employees who have criticized Elon Musk in Twitter's Slack channels were fired overnight over email. “We regret to inform you that your employment is terminated immediately,” they're being told over email. “Your recent behavior has violated company policy.”
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
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.
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 …
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
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sources: Protocol, a tech news-focused website that launched in early 2020, will shutter later this week and lay off its entire staff of ~60  —  New York CNN Business —  Protocol, the upstart technology news website launched by former Politico owner and publisher Robert Allbritton in early 2020 …
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 …
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.
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Microsoft publishes its first Xbox transparency report on content moderation, revealing the company took action against 4.3M+ inauthentic accounts in H1 2022  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox released its first transparency report on Monday, detailing how the gaming giant moderates its 3 billion global players.
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) …
Kim Bhasin / Bloomberg:
Nike announces virtual sneaker store and trading platform .SWOOSH and plans to launch its first collection in January 2023; registrations open on November 18  —  Nike Inc. is opening an online store and trading platform for virtual sneakers as management pumps investment into the metaverse.

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