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Musk to buy Twitter for original $US44b price

The billionaire has revived his bid at the original offer price of $US54.20 a share, potentially avoiding a courtroom fight over one of the most contentious acquisitions in recent history.

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  • Jef Feeley, Ed Hammond and Kurt Wagner

This Month

‘Price sensitive tweet’ by journalist should never have been sent

Readers assume reporters will vet information before sharing it on social media channels, a business academic says.

  • Edmund Tadros

Inside a Myanmar Coup botnet that blasted US Army Facebook

In a sign that Russian bot operators were training for operations elsewhere, the US Army Facebook page was bombarded by comments calling for US support in Myanmar.

  • Max Mason

September

O’Neil declined meeting with TikTok amid data concerns

The home affairs minister rejected an invitation to meet the social media giant’s global chief counsel, offering to send a departmental official instead.

  • Max Mason

This surveillance artist knows how you got that Instagram photo

Dries Depoorter’s digital art project “The Follower” shows just how much can be captured by webcams broadcasting from public spaces.

  • Kashmir Hill
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Why stock-based compensation is not a fake expense

The soaring prevalence of share-based compensation as an accounting expense is inviting investors to ask how it will shape future returns.

  • Tom Richardson

US tech’s ‘big five’ targeted by new Senate inquiry

Market power, children’s data and behavioural ads will be examined by the inquiry that received bipartisan support on Monday.

  • Mark Di Stefano

Who really runs TikTok?

Singaporean CEO Shou Zi Chew’s decision-making power over the Chinese-owned company and wildly popular social app is limited, insiders say.

  • Ryan Mac and Chang Che

TikTok gets its lobby on

It didn’t take long for the beleaguered social media app to try and get on the front foot with the new government.

  • Max Mason

Gen Z tries on Xi’s Communist cadre look

Young men in China are posting pictures of themselves dressed similar to their strait-laced, middle-aged dads working in Communist Party offices.

  • Joy Dong

With TikTok out of the picture in India, US tech giants go to battle

The prohibition of China’s mega-app has pitted Meta and Alphabet in a fight for the billions of dollars up for grabs.

  • Sankalp Phartiyal and Saritha Rai

TikTok hits back ... against an argument nobody made

Is there any corporate spinning tactic more cynical or transparent than the straw man?

  • Max Mason

Twitter launches an edit button for paying subscribers

Edit Tweet, as the feature will be called, will let users change their tweet for up to 30 minutes after it’s originally published.

  • Kurt Wagner

Gen Z breaks the key to Wall Street - confidentiality

In an industry renowned for its confidentiality, online videos about lavish parties and a punishing work culture are challenging the status quo.

  • Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou and Paulina Cachero

August

Even if Musk loses his case, Twitter’s user metrics need an overhaul

Social media groups have for too long had their own way regarding the creation of accounts and how they get calculated.

  • The Lex Column
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Meta settles lawsuit in Cambridge Analytica scandal

Cambridge Analytica paid a Facebook app developer for the personal data of 87 million Facebook users.

How Instagram’s Eva Chen influences what you wear

As head of fashion at the social media giant, former magazine editor Eva Chen has a singular influence on what’s in style.

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  • Lauren Sams

How to make viral videos (and bank millions)

A group of illusionists cracked the formula for surefire winning content and got rich making addictive footage for social media.

  • Ashley Mears

TikTok’s in-app browser can track users’ keystrokes: research

Code associated with the TikTok app can track all keystrokes, which may include passwords, credit card details and sensitive personal information, according to new research.

  • Max Mason

Court forces Twitter to reveal some ‘bot’ data to Musk

So far, Twitter has given up the names of “records custodians”, who aren’t as familiar with the data in question.

  • Chris Dolmetsch, Jef Feeley and Kurt Wagner