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January 26, 2023, 12:35 AM

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Axios:
Meta plans to reinstate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks with “new guardrails to deter repeat offenses”, after a two-year ban  —  - “We've always believed that Americans should be able to hear from the people who want to lead the country,” Clegg told Axios.
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Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter reinstates some Hindu nationalist accounts popular in India, including some denigrating Muslims, and blocks links to a BBC documentary on Narendra Modi  —  Human-rights groups say they have seen a rise in anti-Muslim material on the platform  —  Twitter Inc. under Elon Musk …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Elon Musk's team has been exploring selling up to $3B in potential new Twitter shares to help repay some of the $13B in debt tacked on for the buyout  —  Elon Musk's team has held talks with investors about raising up to $3 billion to repay some of the $13 billion in debt tacked onto Twitter Inc …
Bloomberg:
How Elon Musk's Twitter usage and stewardship is making him toxic for many Tesla customers and shareholders at a time when the company badly needs new business  —  If Elon Musk has a tragic flaw, it isn't his temper, or his treatment of underlings, or his refusal to follow securities laws.
Bryce Elder / Financial Times:
FT Alphaville closes its Mastodon server and reflects on why running a social media site is a bad idea, including due to reputational, legal, and security risks  —  Extinction looms for FTAV's Mastodon presence  —  A few months ago, FT Alphaville thought it might be fun to host a Mastodon server.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
After an antitrust order in India, Google plans to add third-party billing for apps and games in February, revise phone maker and partner agreements, and more  —  Google is revising its business agreements with phonemakers and other partners in India and making a series of other changes …
Bloomberg:
Analysis: SoftBank's new startup bets hit a record low in Q4 2022, with eight investment rounds totaling $2.1B; source: Vision Fund investments were below $350M  —  SoftBank Group Corp.'s new startup bets hit a record low last quarter as valuations continued to slide, chilling an already frosty startup winter.
Akriti Sharma / Reuters:
Microsoft resolved a networking issue impacting Azure, Outlook, Teams, and other services globally for hours; services in China and for governments were not hit  —  Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Wednesday said it had recovered all of its cloud services after a networking outage took …
Kalhan Rosenblatt / NBC News:
Wharton School Professor Christian Terwiesch found that OpenAI's ChatGPT was able to pass the final exam for the school's MBA program, scoring between B- and B  —  ChatGPT uses AI to pass final exam at UPenn's Wharton  —  New research conducted by a professor at University …

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