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Tuesday, April 26 2022


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Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated. Twitter has tremendous potential—I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.

That’s what Elon Musk said after Twitter announced it has accepted his $44 billion offer to buy the company. The company board called it the “the best path forward for Twitter's stockholders.” The deal will take the company private—and off the stock market—giving Musk the control he seeks to make big changes. The deal still has to be approved by shareholders and regulators—and won’t go through until later this year. New York Times has more on the mood inside the company. For more context: Read our Big Story on Musk’s play for Twitter.


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Big Story

Why Netflix lost its chill: The Indian connection

The TLDR: Missing in the hand-wringing over Netflix's woes—it lost 200,000 subscribers last quarter—is the role of overseas markets in its poor performance. And the abysmal failure to crack the Indian market is a big part of it. We connect the dots between Mumbai and Los Angeles to show you why.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Beijing heading toward lockdown?
  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Jignesh Mevani arrested… again!
  • Boria Majumdar has been cancelled
  • World’s oldest woman dies at 119
  • India’s ‘demographic dividend’ in jeopardy

 

Sanity Break

  • A lovely clip of what is supposedly Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande's encounter with a streetside musician

 

A list of intriguing things

  • Sydney Zoo's robot dog named Sparky
  • Charlotte Brontë's tiny book that's worth $1.25 million
  • A “male anti-masturbation device”
  • Footwear from the 16th-century favoured by elite women

 

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