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November 15, 2022, 4:30 PM

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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
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 …
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.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sources: tech news website Protocol, launched by former Politico owner Robert Allbritton in February 2020, will close later this week and lay off its ~60 staff  —  New York CNN Business —  Protocol, the upstart technology news website launched by former Politico owner …
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:
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 …
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Netflix is rolling out a feature to let account owners identify and remotely log out of devices they do not recognize or no longer want signed in  —  Want to kick your ex off your Netflix account without having to change your password?  A new Netflix feature will make that possible.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon opens telehealth marketplace Amazon Clinic for third-party virtual consultants in 32 US states, after saying Amazon Care will close at the end of 2022  —  The ink is not yet dry on Amazon's $4 billion acquisition of OneMedical, but in the meantime, the online services giant is making …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Andrew Mason's Descript, which built an AI-powered media editing app, raised a $50M Series C led by the OpenAI Startup Fund, bringing its total funding to $100M  —  Descript, the audio and video editing platform founded in 2017 by former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, has raised $50 million …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft plans to publish an annual review of internal harassment claims, heeding recommendations from a law firm hired after reports of Bill Gates' misconduct  —  Microsoft Corp. will adopt a series of new sexual harassment policies, following recommendations made by a law firm the company hired …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer on running the division, how decisions are made, delaying big games, Xbox, Keystone, exclusives, rivals, and more  —  The CEO of Microsoft Gaming thinks King is the crown jewel of the Activision empire. … Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources: Vyacheslav “Tank” Penchukov, a Ukrainian accused of leading a cybercriminal group that raided SMBs with JabberZeus malware, is arrested in Switzerland  —  Vyacheslav “Tank” Penchukov, the accused 40-year-old Ukrainian leader of a prolific cybercriminal group that stole tens …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia RTX 4080 review: great 4K performance, DLSS 3 is genuinely transformative, and 16GB of VRAM, but it's 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.

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