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Elon Musk teases turning Twitter into ‘everything app’ like China’s WeChat

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  • Elon Musk on Tuesday teased the creation of an “everything app” called “X.”
  • The world’s richest man, 51, made the announcement after offering to buy Twitter for its originally agreed-upon price of $44 billion, or $54.20 per share.
  • Musk said the Twitter buyout will likely accelerate the development of X by three to five years, “but I could be wrong.”
  • Various speculations have been made about the upcoming app, including a larger social platform, an Amazon killer and a “super app” inspired by China’s WeChat.
  • Twitter is reportedly discussing Musk’s offer.

Elon Musk hinted at the creation of an “everything app” shortly after once again offering to buy Twitter for $44 billion.

The world’s richest man, 51, first sought to buy the microblogging platform for said price in April. However, he tried to back out from the deal two months later, triggering a legal battle that experts said would ultimately have resulted in his loss.

Hacker streams old Elon Musk interview about cryptocurrency in latest South Korean government YouTube hack

  • Government of the Republic of Korea, the official YouTube channel of the South Korean government, has been restored following a hacking incident over the weekend, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said in a statement on Sunday.
  • "At 3:20 a.m., the channel name and profile picture were altered and a live video was played on the account," the statement read. “The attack was brought to our attention at 6 a.m. and the channel was restored around 7:20 a.m."
  • The hacker streamed a video of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s interview with Bloomberg at the Qatar Economic Forum in June, where he talked about Twitter acquisition and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Dogecoin.
  • The recent hacking is the latest in a string of incidents involving YouTube channels of South Korean government agencies.
  • A cryptocurrency videos was streamed on the channel of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) on Aug. 29. The channel of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) was also targeted last week.

Officials confirmed that they have restored Government of the Republic of Korea, the official YouTube channel of South Korea’s government, after a hacker took control of their account and streamed an Elon Musk interview about cryptocurrency over the weekend.

The hacking incident reportedly occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday when the YouTube channel’s name was changed to “SpaceX Invest” by an unidentified hacker. The channel, which has more than 263,000 subscribers, mainly publishes videos about current policies and events.

‘Free speech absolutist’ Elon Musk pursues ‘like-minded Chinese partners’ in column for China’s online censor

  • Elon Musk recently contributed to China Wangxin, a magazine launched by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s government agency that oversees online censorship.
  • The article, titled “Believe in technology, create a better future,” was published in the magazine’s fourth issue in July.
  • Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” became the first foreigner to write for the CAC’s magazine, which typically features pieces written by government officials, professors and state-owned enterprise executives.
  • “I want to do everything we can to maximize the use of technology to help achieve a better future for humanity,” the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO wrote, according to a translated version. “To that end, any area that contributes to a sustainable future is worthy of our investment.”
  • “I also welcome more like-minded Chinese partners to join us in exploring clean energy, artificial intelligence, human-machine collaboration, and space exploration to create a future worth waiting for,” Musk concluded.

Elon Musk has become the first foreigner to write an article for a Chinese magazine launched by China’s official agency that oversees online censorship.

The 51-year-old SpaceX founder claimed he was invited earlier this year by China Wangxin, the magazine of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), to write an article about his “thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity.”

Elon Musk reacts to report he had secret twins with Neuralink exec weeks before baby with Grimes

  • Newly surfaced paperwork reveals that Elon Musk, 51, had twins nearly a year ago with his Neuralink company executive Shivon Zilis, 36.
  • According to Insider, court documents published on July 6 show that Musk and Zilis became parents of twins in November 2021.
  • The date of the twins’ births marks just a few weeks prior to when Musk had welcomed his second child with musician Grimes via surrogate in December.
  • “Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis,” he wrote in a tweet. “A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.”
  • Zilis is impressive in her own right as a 2008 Yale graduate with a degree in economics and philosophy. She is considered an expert in AI and has been at Neuralink since 2017.

Newly surfaced paperwork reveals that Elon Musk, 51, had twins nearly a year ago with his Neuralink company executive Shivon Zilis, 36. 

According to Insider, court documents published on July 6 show that Musk and Zilis became parents of twins in November 2021.

Elon Musk says recession is ‘a good thing,’ billionaires make people ‘happy’

  • Elon Musk said in a series of tweets last week that it is “morally wrong and dumb” to use the word “billionaire” as a pejorative.
  • The claims came after Musk, 50, opened a poll on Twitter on Friday to ask his 95.7 million followers who they trust less: politicians or billionaires.
  • In addition to his pro-billionaire thread, Musk expressed his thoughts about the country heading for a recession, claiming that “this is actually a good thing.”
  • “It has been raining money on fools for too long. Some bankruptcies need to happen,” Musk wrote. “Also, all the Covid stay-at-home stuff has tricked people into thinking that you don’t actually need to work hard. Rude awakening inbound!”

Elon Musk said in a series of tweets last week that it is “morally wrong and dumb” to use the word “billionaire” as a pejorative and that a possible recession is “a good thing” because it could affect unproductive work-from-home employees.

The comment about billionaires came after Musk, 50, opened a poll on Twitter on Friday and asked his 95.7 million followers who they trust less: politicians or billionaires. The results of the poll, which 3,399,953 people participated in, showed that 75.7% of respondents trust politicians less, while 24.3% of respondents trust billionaires less.

Elon Musk calls recently surfaced sexual misconduct allegations a ‘politically motivated hit piece’

  • According to a recent report, a private flight attendant was given a settlement of $250,000 by SpaceX to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
  • Documents signed by the attendant’s friend revealed that during a flight to London in 2016, founder Elon Musk exposed his erect penis to a female cabin crew member of SpaceX. He allegedly offered to buy her a horse in exchange for a massage and asked her to “do more.”
  • When asked to comment, Musk answered that there was “a lot more to this story.” He added, “If I were inclined to engage in sexual harrassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light.” 
  • Users pointed out that the timing of the sexual misconduct allegations warranted suspicion, considering that Musk had pledged to vote Republican moving forward the day before.

A former SpaceX flight attendant accused billionaire and founder Elon Musk of sexual misconduct in 2018. 

According to reports shared with Business Insider, the private flight attendant was given a settlement of $250,000 to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Elon Musk pledges to vote Republican, says Democrats have become party of ‘division and hate’

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  • Elon Musk, currently the richest person on Earth, has officially declared his support for the Republican Party.
  • The prospective Twitter owner explained that his decision arose from a discontent with Democrats, which he now considers “the party of division and hate.”
  • Speculations on the Tesla chief’s political leanings have become more pronounced in recent weeks when he announced his plan to buy Twitter and improve its free speech policy.
  • Following his announcement, the tech mogul invited the public to watch the Democrats’ “dirty tricks campaign against me unfold.”
  • Musk voiced a more neutral take in his latest thread, saying a party “more moderate on all issues” would be ideal.

Elon Musk officially declared his support for the Republican Party on Wednesday.

The world’s richest man made the announcement in a tweet that has now received more than 650,000 likes and drawn welcoming cheers from Republican officials and conservative personalities.

Elon Musk’s Chinese doppelgänger ‘Yi Long Musk’ gets banned on Douyin

Elon Musk’s viral doppelgänger, affectionately known online as “Yi Long Musk,” has reportedly been banned from Chinese social media.

The Douyin account of the Chinese social media star, whose true identity remains shrouded in mystery, has been wiped clean of content, according to Radii China. Although his Weibo account is still up, it appears to be inactive and only has three posts.

Elon Musk praises Chinese workers’ long hours, criticizes Americans for ‘trying to avoid’ work

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  • SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised Chinese workers for working long shifts and criticized American employees for “trying to avoid going to work at all” during a recent interview with the Financial Times.
  • Musk mentioned that Tesla’s future competition in the electric vehicle industry might come from China: “There’s just a lot of super talented, hardworking people in China… who strongly believe in manufacturing.”
  • “They won’t just be burning the midnight oil, they’ll be burning the 3 a.m. oil,” he added. “They won’t even leave the factory type of thing, whereas in America, people are trying to avoid going to work at all.”
  • Several Chinese workers organized a campaign last year to protest China’s grueling “996” work culture, which expects employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week.
  • Tesla currently has two factories in China. Last month, the company made its Chinese employees sleep on-site after production resumed following a three-week shutdown, according to Bloomberg.

Elon Musk praised Chinese workers for working long shifts and criticized American workers for “trying to avoid going to work at all” during a recent interview.

While speaking to the Financial Times, the 50-year-old CEO of SpaceX and Tesla was asked to name an electric vehicle start-up he finds impressive.

Elon Musk wants to meet his Chinese doppelganger ‘Yi Long Musk’ (‘if he is real’)

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he is willing to meet his purported Chinese doppelganger if he really does exist.
  • Dubbed by netizens as “Yi Long Musk,” the alleged lookalike made headlines last year after a video of him went viral on Douyin.
  • As news of Musk’s Twitter takeover plans emerged online in April, Yi Long Musk resurfaced with a new video of him holding a Twitter logo cutout. 
  • “I’d like to meet this guy (if he is real),” Musk tweeted. “Hard to tell with deepfakes these days.”
  • Similar to Musk, several Chinese social media users are skeptical of the clip’s authenticity and have dismissed it as footage that uses deepfake, a type of artificial intelligence that can alter the face of a person in a video to make them look like someone else.
  • Still, many users are delighted by the resemblance, expressing excitement about Musk’s potential meetup with his Chinese doppelganger.

Elon Musk said he is willing to meet his purported Chinese doppelganger if he really does exist. 

Dubbed by the internet as “Yi Long Musk,” the alleged Musk lookalike made headlines last year after a video of him went viral on Douyin. 

Elon Musk claims ‘Japan will eventually cease to exist’ because of its declining birth rate

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  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that “Japan would eventually cease to exist" if it failed to address its declining birth rate.
  • Musk was responding to a tweet that shared a Kyodo News article about Japan’s largest-ever recorded drop in its population.
  • The population reportedly declined by a record 644,000 people to just over 125.5 million in 2021, which saw 831,000 births and 1.44 million deaths.
  • Musk’s tweet sparked online discussions on the subject, with some social media users criticizing Japan’s government and education system for not addressing the issue accordingly.
  • In recent years, the government has tried to mitigate the declining workforce and aging population by relaxing its visa system and allowing more foreign workers to enter the country.

A tweet from Elon Musk saying “Japan will eventually cease to exist” due to its declining birth rate has sparked online discussions. 

On Sunday, the Tesla CEO responded to a tweet that shared a Kyodo News article about Japan’s largest-ever recorded drop in its population.