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1 Elon Musk wants to restore banned Twitter account
It was an extremely dangerous decision with far-reaching consequences. (WP $)
+ Recent departures have hit Twitter’s policy and safety departments heavily. (WSJ $)
+ It seems that Musk’s promise not to lay off more employees is premature. (Insiders $)
+ Meanwhile, Twitter Blue is still supposed to launch next week. (Reuters)
+ Imagine simply transferring your followers to another platform. (FT $)
+ The potential demise of Twitter could wipe out major records in recent human history. (Technology Review MIT)

2 Withdrawal of Russian energy could kill tens of thousands of people in Europe
High fuel costs could lead to more deaths this winter than the war in Ukraine. (economist $)
+ Higher gas prices will also hit Americans as the weather worsens. (Vox)
+ Ukraine’s invasion underscores Europe’s deep dependence on Russian fossil fuels. (Technology Review MIT)

3 FTX cannot honor the grants it has promised to various institutions
Many of them are looking for emergency funding to fill the void. (WSJ $)
+ The people of the Bahamas are not thrilled about what its demise means to them. (WP $)

4 It was a quieter Black Friday than usual
Shopping is not much of a priority right now. (Bloomberg $)
+ If you decide to shop, make sure you don’t get scammed. (Wired $)

5 UK is restricting use of Chinese surveillance systems
But only on “sensitive” government websites. (FT $)
+ The world’s largest surveillance company you’ve never heard of. (Technology Review MIT)

6 prolonged covid is still extremely difficult to cure
Its symptoms vary widely, which can also make it difficult to keep track of. (to make clear)
+ A universal flu vaccine is looking promising. (new scientist $)

7 San Francisco police are considering letting robots use deadly force
This force has 12 remote-controlled robots that could, in theory, kill people. (precipice)

8 Human hibernation could be the key to getting us to Mars
It might be the closest we can get to time travel. (Wired $)

9 Why TikTok is suddenly obsessed with dabloons
It’s a fun form of your own choosing. (guard)

10 We can’t stop trying to reinvent the mousetrap
There are thousands of versions out there, but we keep coming up with new designs. (New Yorkers $)

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