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Musk's Twitter Takeover

Elon Musk last night closed his $44B deal to buy Twitter at $54.20 per share, averting a trial in November and capping off monthslong speculation of whether the billionaire entrepreneur would abandon the acquisition. Musk, 51, also reportedly fired the company's top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and general counsel Vijaya Gadde. 


The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, who previously criticized Twitter for restricting free speech, outlined his motivations for buying the company in a message (see here) addressed to advertisers and posted to the social platform earlier yesterday. On Wednesday, Musk visited Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco, carrying a white basin and later tweeting, "Entering Twitter HQ—let that sink in!" He also changed his Twitter profile description to "Chief Twit." 


Musk has said he plans to introduce new features to Twitter. See his proposed changes here.

Astros vs. Phillies

Baseball's last teams standing meet tonight in the first game of the 2022 World Series (8 pm ET, Fox), with the Houston Astros hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. For Houston, it marks the fourth World Series appearance in the past six seasons, while Philadelphia returns for the first time since 2009. 


The Astros, who notched the second-best regular season record (106-56), enter the series as favorites. Houston hasn't lost in the postseason this year, having swept both the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, Philadelphia—led by slugger Bryce Harper—finished third in the National League East division with a record of 87-75. Two-time Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander (18-4) will take the mound tonight for Houston, facing off against Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (11-13).


This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first televised World Series (the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers). See some of the most iconic shots across the decades here

GDP Rises

The US economy grew for the first time this year in the third quarter, according to data released yesterday. The country’s gross domestic product (see 101) grew at an annual rate of 2.6%, rebounding from 0.6% and 1.6% decreases in the first two quarters and signaling the end of a technical recession, or two quarters of consecutive decline.


The growth was primarily driven by a narrowing trade deficit and increases in consumer and government spending. However, declines in the housing market partially offset some of the growth. Despite the news, experts expect growth to slow again in the fourth quarter and predict a recession could be likely by early next year.


In related news, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage broke 7% yesterday for the first time since April 2002. The rising measure has been a primary driver of the slowing US housing market over the past year. 

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Business & Markets

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Politics & World Affairs

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A Primer on Spider-Watching

Outside | Adam Roy. Before squashing the next spider that comes crawling along on your floor, consider this: Spiders likely dream—and they're globally in decline. (Read)

Daniel Radcliffe Plays Weird Al

GQ | Jeremy Gordon. The boy who lived his teens as Harry Potter has since embraced more esoteric roles, including next month's fictional biopic of parody artist Weird Al Yankovic. (Read)

'Ghostwatch,' A Pseudo-Documentary

Criminal | Phoebe Judge. (Podcast) A prerecorded 1992 BBC broadcast investigating a haunted house seemed so real the studio received over a million calls from nervous watchers. (Listen)


... and see why so many fell for the prank with this video breakdown of the show.



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