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November 17, 2022, 8:45 PM

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The Verge:
Hundreds of Twitter employees post farewell messages and salute emojis in Slack and tweets, announcing their resignations after Elon Musk's “hardcore” ultimatum  —  Musk gave Twitter staff a deadline to say if they are staying for his cultural reset of the company.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Elon Musk softens his remote work stance and tries to convince colleagues to stay, as more than anticipated opt to leave ahead of his 5pm ET deadline  —  Elon Musk gave Twitter Inc. employees an ultimatum to either commit to the company's new “hardcore” work environment or leave.
Jack Schickler / CoinDesk:
Filings: FTX CEO John Ray III, who ran Enron's bankruptcy process, slams SBF's “unprecedented” management, describing a “complete failure of corporate controls”  —  The former FTX CEO's unconventional style is under the spotlight as bankruptcy professionals pore over the exchange's collapse.
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Tracy Alloway / Bloomberg:
The wildest parts of FTX's bankruptcy filing: its token holdings are worth $659K, Alameda loaned SBF $3.3B, SBF auto-deleted messages about decisions, and more  —  Lawyers for the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX filed today in Delaware, asking a federal judge to transfer a competing bankruptcy case filed …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
A Twitter HQ seating chart shows Elon Musk's top five special projects: Blue verified, Blue for business, encrypted DMs, tips on tweets, and longform notes  —  After demanding the remaining Twitter employees pledge their loyalty, Musk's product priorities are coming into focus  —  I. Extremely hardcore
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says the layoffs will continue into 2023, after the company cut roles across its Devices and Books businesses on Wednesday  —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon will continue to lay off employees in the coming year, CEO Andy Jassy wrote in a memo to workers on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta has fired or disciplined over 24 employees and contractors over the past year for allegedly taking over user accounts, in some cases for bribes  —  Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes  —  Meta Platforms Inc. META -2.31%decrease …
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Facebook plans to remove religious views, political views, addresses, and “Interested in”, which indicates sexual preference, from user profiles on December 1  —  The update to the world's biggest social network will prevent you from broadcasting certain details in your bio, a farewell to the early days of social media.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Google announces updates to Search, to help users find dishes near them, Maps, with an expanded Live View, and Shopping, adding AR tools for makeup matching  —  Google announced today that it's introducing a slew of new Maps, Search and Shopping features.  The company revealed majority …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Meta launches its company directory on WhatsApp's Business Platform in Brazil, the UK, Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia after a September 2021 pilot in São Paulo  —  WhatsApp is officially launching a new business directory feature across Brazil, the UK, Indonesia, Mexico, and Colombia.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Congress, slow to pass legislation and offer clear regulations on crypto, wakes up to FTX's collapse as lawmakers wonder if they could have prevented the crisis  —  The stunning collapse of the world's third-largest exchange has forced politicians to grapple with the costs of legislative inaction
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
An analysis of 22K US broadband bills shows issues like a higher average cost than in Europe at ~$75/month, most have no carrier choice, bogus charges, and more  —  The Verge and Consumer Reports collected 22,000 internet bills to find out how Americans are getting online.  They paint an ugly picture.
Bloomberg:
NetEase and Blizzard plan to end their 14-year partnership after January 2023, leaving Chinese players' access to games like Warcraft and Overwatch in question  —  NetEase Inc. and Blizzard Entertainment Inc. plan to end their 14-year partnership after January, depriving the Chinese firm …
Adam Cochran / @adamscochran:
[Thread] A timeline of FTX's meltdown, starting from September 30: SBF's jab at CZ, CoinDesk's article, CZ sells FTT, “FTX is fine”, Alameda woes, and more  —  1/82 I'll be pinning this detailed timeline, as my final piece covering this topic, as now the case is closed in my mind. This was a crime plain and simple and I'll put no more wind in this criminals sails: FTX: Meltdown. The definitive and chronological thread.

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