December 10, 2022, 8:10 PM

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Twitter will relaunch Blue on Monday for $8/mo on the web and $11/mo on iOS, with blue checkmark after account review, edit button, 1080p video upload, and more  —  we're relaunching @TwitterBlue on Monday - subscribe on web for $8/month or on iOS for $11/month to get access to subscriber-only features, including the blue checkmark 🧵
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The “Twitter Files” are a peek at moderation at scale and a win for transparency, despite failing to show systemic bias and the opaque way they were released  —  Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, is feverishly promoting his “Twitter Files”: selected internal communications from the company …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
With “Twitter Files”, Elon Musk shows himself as an egregious example of what he wanted to expose: managers leveraging their social platforms for partisan ends  —  But it is actually a tool of progressive power.  While you were hypnotized by viral memes, a cabal …
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Source: the US DOJ is preparing a potential fraud case against Sam Bankman-Fried and others, examining USD sent to the Bahamas around FTX's bankruptcy filing  —  US prosecutors, laying the groundwork for a potential fraud case against Sam Bankman-Fried and others involved in the collapse …
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
Google, worried about its reputation, is hesitant to release its capable bot LaMDA, but by waiting too long it may cede the market to competitors like ChatGPT  —  The tech giant believes the future of search is conversational.  How did it let OpenAI's ChatGPT take the lead?  —  Google's had an awkward week.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Alameda secretly loaned $43M to LLCs tied to The Block CEO Michael McCaffrey, used in part to buy and run the crypto news site; McCaffrey resigns  —  The Block, a media company that says it covers crypto news independently, has been secretly funded for over a year with money funneled …
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New York Times:
The FTC faces hurdles in blocking Microsoft's Activision deal, as courts are skeptical of vertical merger challenges where two companies don't compete directly  —  Ms. Khan, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, has staked an ambitious trustbusting agenda on a case that may be difficult to win.
Nitish Pahwa / Slate:
Three members of Twitter's Trust & Safety Council, including two who have been members since 2016, resign, alleging Twitter's new leadership had shut them out  —  Eirliani Abdul Rahman helped the platform stop youth sexual exploitation.  The new boss wasn't listening.
Cheng Ting-Fang / Nikkei Asia:
Huawei licenses key 5G tech to Oppo, amid a US crackdown, and says it has patent cross-licensing deals with 20 companies, including extended deals with Samsung  —  Chinese tech giant keen to make the most of its trove of intellectual property  —  PHOENIX, U.S. — Huawei Technologies …
Nick Baker / CoinDesk:
Washington Post:
With Republicans set to take over the House in 2023, a look at the odds of passing the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act in a divided Congress  —  With Republicans poised to take over the House next year, a divided Congress looms.  The result could be two years of partisan strife and gridlock.

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