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November 29, 2022, 1:05 PM

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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter stopped enforcing its longstanding COVID-19 “harmful misinformation” policy on November 23; more than 11,000 accounts were suspended under the rules  —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter said it will no longer enforce its longstanding Covid misinformation policy …
Platformer:
Sources: Twitter begins reinstating ~62K accounts with more than 10K followers after Elon Musk's poll on general amnesty; one account has over 5M followers  —  They're skeptical of their workers, too.  PLUS: New details on Musk's ‘general amnesty’ for banned Twitter users  —  and Zoë Schiffer
David Yaffe-Bellany / New York Times:
Internal FTX documents detail SBF's desperate attempts to cling on to power, convinced he could save FTX; SBF claims “numerous parties” were willing to invest  —  Emails and text messages show how lawyers and executives struggled to persuade the 30-year-old entrepreneur to give up control of his collapsing crypto exchange.
Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Weeks / The Block:
Binance's $1B recovery fund is a lifeline, but questions remain, including on decision making and why funds came from a cold wallet that holds customer funds  —  - The billion-dollar fund could be a crucial lifeline for the industry, as companies tussle with the aftershocks of FTX's collapse.
Financial Times:
BlockFi sues Sam Bankman-Fried's Emergent Fidelity Technologies to seize Robinhood shares that SBF had pledged as collateral under an agreement on November 9  —  Complaint against FTX founder comes as crypto company becomes the latest to seek bankruptcy protection
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Kuo estimates iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments in Q4 to be 70M-75M, vs. the 80M-85M consensus, and thinks demand may “disappear” due to a recession  —  The supply and production issues plaguing the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are no secret at this point.
Financial Times:
Morgan Meaker / Wired:
Sources: Twitter has one staffer left on a team dedicated to removing CSAM after layoffs, despite Elon Musk saying “removing child exploitation is priority #1”  —  Just one person remains to enforce the company's ban on child sexual abuse content across Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
Washington Post:
Source: in Q1 2022, Apple was the top advertiser on Twitter, spending $48M and accounting for over 4% of Twitter's revenue that quarter  —  In a series of tweets, the billionaire says Apple also has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter  —  Elon Musk on Monday went on a tear against Apple …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Haje Jan Kamps / TechCrunch:
Apple Watch Ultra and Oceanic+ review by a scuba diver: user interface and screen are better than other dive computers, but misses some high-end features  —  In short: dive computer makers should be worried  —  In September, Apple launched the Apple Watch Ultra, which is not only waterproof to 100 meters …
RT Watson / The Block:
Report: Fanatics' sports NFT service Candy Digital lays off as many as half of its 100-person staff; the startup raised a $100M Series A in October 2021  —  - Despite achieving unicorn status last year Candy Digital decided to let go of a large number of its roughly 100 employees
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Memo: Evan Spiegel told Snap employees that he expects them to be in the company's offices 80% of the time, or four or more days a week, starting February 2023  —  Snap Inc. Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel told employees that he expects them to be in the social media company's offices …
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
The UK government says the updated Online Safety Bill won't force tech giants to remove content that is “legal but harmful”, following free speech complaints  —  Britain will not force tech giants to remove content that is “legal but harmful” from their platforms after campaigners …
Mark Harris / Wired:
A look at the FBI's January 6 investigation geofence warrant: Google identified 5K+ devices; dozens appear to have been in airplane mode or had data deleted  —  Google provided investigators with location data for more than 5,000 devices as part of the federal investigation into the attack on the US Capitol.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Decentralized crypto exchange Serum, backed heavily by FTX, says it is “defunct” and points users to a community-led fork  —  - Solana-based exchange protocol Serum stated on Twitter it was now “defunct.”  — It pointed that it was now replaced by a community fork called OpenBook.

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