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November 16, 2022, 4:00 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Internal meeting: Tim Cook told German engineering and retail staff that Apple plans to start sourcing chips from a plant under construction in Arizona in 2024  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to begin sourcing chips for its devices from a plant under construction in Arizona …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Elon Musk says the new Twitter Blue will relaunch on November 29 “to make sure that it is rock solid”, after pausing signups due to many fake verified accounts  —  Elon Musk says the new Twitter Blue, which lets you pay $7.99 per month for a blue verification check mark next to your name, will relaunch on November 29th.
Casey Newton / @caseynewton:
[Thread] Sources: last night, Twitter fired ~20 employees who criticized Elon Musk in Slack channels, saying their “recent behavior has violated company policy”  —  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.”
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Matthias Bastian / The Decoder:
Meta AI and Papers with Code unveil Galactica, an open-source LLM for generating literature reviews, wiki articles, lecture notes on scientific topics, and more  —  The Galactica large language model (LLM) is being trained with millions of pieces of academic content.
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 …
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Apple plans to expand Emergency SOS via Satellite to France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December 2022, expanding the service beyond 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:
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, claiming 35% faster CPU performance, 25% Adreno GPU performance, Wi-Fi 7 support, and up to 4.35x faster AI performance  —  Qualcomm has announced all the details of its next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with a focus on better and more efficient performance for AI-related tasks.
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Netflix launches Manage Access and Devices, which lets 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.
Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
Activist investor TCI, which has a $6B+ stake in Alphabet, calls on the company to aggressively reduce headcount and cut costs in its long-term bets like Waymo  —  Hedge fund says company would be more efficient with fewer employees  —  Activist hedge fund TCI Fund Management called …
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 …
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
A look at Alphabet X's Mineral project to build unmanned rovers with sensors and cameras for collecting data that helps agricultural companies improve yields  —  When Deb Menicos walks a strawberry field, she doesn't just look at the berries.  Menicos, who holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding …
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Voyager Digital's bankruptcy lawyer says the crypto lender is no longer selling itself to bankrupt crypto exchange FTX; FTX agrees Voyager can pursue other bids  —  Bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital Ltd. doesn't plan to sell itself to FTX after the crypto exchange itself was forced …
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 …
Varsha Bansal / Rest of World:
Some Indian gig workers, tired of algorithms dictating their lives and work, are using Telegram to share cheap hacks for gaming the platforms to their advantage  —  Tired of the obscurity around black box algorithms that dictate their lives, India's gig workers are coming up with jugaads to game the system.
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Jamie Crawley / CoinDesk:
The New York Fed and a group of major banks begin testing using digital tokens to improve transaction settlements in a 12-week proof-of-concept pilot program  —  Citigroup, HSBC, BNY Mellon, Wells Fargo and Mastercard, are among the financial giants taking part.
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 …

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