Wednesday, May 18 2022

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The board and Mr Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share. We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement.

That’s what Twitter said in a statement responding to Elon Musk’s announcement that the deal to buy the company is on hold. He claimed it “cannot move forward” until he has more information on spam and fake accounts on the platform. The latest filings show that Musk did not do any due diligence on the platform before inking the deal. 


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Big Story

The Gyanvapi mosque: Just the beginning?

The TLDR: The Supreme Court stepped in to protect the right of Muslims to worship at the masjid. But there is no clarity on whether it plans to uphold its own precedent—and apply a key law that protects places of worship. Meanwhile, a new mosque is in the Hindutva crosshairs—and the BJP is rethinking its post-Ayodhya stance. 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Horrific new evidence in Chinese airline crash
  • Tory MP arrested for rape
  • Indians still prefer sons
  • The real carbon footprint of companies
  • Uber’s got brand new stuff
  • Jake Daniels breaks the football mould
  • Say hello to Pizza Hut's Oreo-cookie pizza


Sanity Break

  • We can’t wait for the Kannada flick ‘777 Charlie’


A list of curious facts

  • Did you know hawksbill turtles wander around in the hopes of stumbling on the right location?
  • A genus of fresh water carps named after an obscure Indian artist
  • An AI-powered reddit tool called ‘Are You The Asshole’
  • A survey to figure out if you’re close to burning out


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