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Daily Authority: Musk buys Twitter

Elon Musk completed his purchase of Twitter, Apple's continued phone dominance, and a secret decommissioned Netflix server.

Published onOctober 28, 2022

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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

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Elon finally owns Twitter

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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

After months of back and forth, including several lawsuits, social sniping, and general tomfoolery, Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter yesterday for $44 billion. He immortalized the event with a single tweet reading “the bird is freed.”

  • Musk initially made his offer early in the year before attempting to back out for various reasons.
  • Twitter then sued the billionaire for reneging on the deal. A Delaware judge mandated that the case would continue if the purchase wasn’t completed by October 28, which is today.
  • The Verge has an excellent breakdown of events leading to the largest tech purchase of all time.
  • Apart from a stunt where Musk carried a sink to the Twitter headquarters to “let that sink in,” he immediately fired several top executives at the company.
  • These include former CEO Parag Agarwal and CFO Ned Segal, among others.
  • Before you shed a tear for these poor executives, remember that they’re getting a windfall worth tens of millions of dollars.
  • Previous rumors also indicated that Musk intended to fire 75% of the company’s workforce, a claim he refuted this week.
  • Still, expect major layoffs during the transition.

What’s next for Twitter?

  • Aside from Musk’s promises to reduce content moderation and turn the platform into a “digital town square” of enlightened centrism, he appears to have big plans for expansion.
  • He has floated the idea of turning Twitter into an “everything app” similar to WeChat in China.
  • This essentially combines social media, payments, and several other functions into a single cohesive app.
  • He has also promised investors to reach an annual revenue of $26.4 billion by 2028. Twitter’s revenue in 2021 was $5 billion, and it failed to make a profit.
  • That’s a big goal considering the platform has been bleeding off its most active users for years.
  • Then again, his main stated motivation here is to “try to help humanity, whom I love.”
  • Time will tell whether or not his efforts are successful, or if this turns out to be yet another hollow vanity project to stroke his own ego.


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Friday fun

It’s not often that we get to glimpse behind the veil of the biggest tech companies, but a Redditor recently acquired a decommissioned Netflix cache server that offered a unique look at the hardware behind the company’s Open Connect network.

  • The industrial-grade server is from circa 2013, and it contained a “Supermicro board, a single Xeon E5 2650L v2 processor, 64GB of DDR3 memory, and a 10-gigabit ethernet card.”
  • It also housed an impressive (for the time) 36 7.2TB 7200RPM drives and six 500GB Micron SSDs for a total of 262TB of storage.
  • His goal is to turn it into a home network attached storage (NAS) device.
  • These are typically used as a kind of personal cloud storage for videos, photos, backups, or even running your own Plex server.
  • AA‘s own networking tech guru Dhruv recently wrote about the benefits of NAS implementation for home security, as well.

Thinking of giving it a spin? Here’s a quick primer on NAS drives, and remember that you don’t have to convert a decade-old Netflix server, you can also buy them off the shelf.

Until next week,

Nick Fernandez, Editor.

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