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— Twitter employee discusses Elon Musk’s purchase of the company according to the Washington Post .

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion
He’s unlikely to enjoy owning it as much as he thinks he will. (The Atlantic $)
Here’s a recap of the past fortnight: a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. (FT $)
Musk claims that open sourcing Twitter’s algorithm will make it more transparent. (NYT $)
Trump says he wouldn’t rejoin, but his advisers aren’t convinced. (WP $)
Musk thinks people might be willing to pay for Twitter. Good luck with that. (Protocol)
It’s prompting people to finally face up to their Twitter addictions. (Input)

2 How China wrote the playbook for censoring covid information
It’s inspired many other countries to impose restrictions in the name of public health. (New Yorker $)
A new covid outbreak in Beijing is heightening fears of a Shanghai-style lockdown. (NYT $)
Fences have been erected in Shanghai to prevent residents from leaving their homes. (BBC)

3 Instagram hackers stole $3 million of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs
They managed to compromise the official Instagram account then use it to post a phishing link. (Bloomberg $)
Of course there’s a social network for NFTs in the works. (Quartz)
Chinese NFT platforms don’t want you to trade NFTs anymore. (TR)

4 Conspiracy theories are nothing to do with evidence
And everything to do with how they make us feel. (Wired $)
We are living in an age of misinformation. (Vox)

5 The US is fighting back against China’s chip dominance
By keeping its most advanced chipmaking tools to itself. (The Economist $)
The great chip crisis threatens the promise of Moore’s Law. (TR)

6 The crypto industry is on a lawyer hiring spree
To go mainstream, you need legal smarts. (WSJ $)
Dogecoin, Elon Musk’s favorite cryptocurrency, is surging after his Twitter purchase. (Bloomberg $)
A deep dive into the mysterious subcultures of cryptocurrency obsessives. (SCMP)
It’s okay to opt out of the crypto revolution. (TR)

7 The metaverse is a vile quagmire of racism, rape jokes and assault
And there’s next to no recourse for offenders, either. (The Guardian)
It doesn’t help that we’re struggling to define what the metaverse even is. (Wired $)
Facebook is opening its first physical store to try to sell its metaverse-related gadgets. (WP $)

8 Europe’s wind energy companies are being targeted by cyberattacks
Renewable energy is an increasingly attractive target for criminals as attention turns to oil and gas alternatives. (WSJ $)

9 Coders want to relieve low-income families of the burden of admin
Applying for benefits is needlessly complicated. (The Atlantic $)

10 Adapting video games for TV is so difficult to get right
But makes for great watching when it works. (The Guardian)
Nintendo’s animated Super Mario Bros. movie has been delayed. (The Verge)

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