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Illustration of Elon Musk juggling three birds in the shape of Twitter's logo.

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Twitter now plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demand for user data that he says is needed to determine whether the company’s spam estimates are accurate, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

“After a weeks-long impasse, Twitter’s board plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demands for internal data by offering access to its full ‘firehose,’ the massive stream of data comprising more than 500 million tweets posted each day, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the state of negotiations,” the Post wrote.

Twitter declined to comment on the Post Report when Ars reached out to it today, but pointed to Monday’s statement that “Twitter has and continues to cooperate with Mr. Musk in order to complete the transaction according to the terms of the merger agreement. “

It is unclear if Twitter must give all user data to Musk. Two days ago, Musk sent a letter claiming that Twitter had violated the merger agreement. The letter claimed that the company refused to give the spam estimates behind it.

Providing data could help Twitter complete sale

Twitter giving Musk the requested data could be bad for him if his real goal is getting out of the $44 billion purchase deal. This would be a significant blow to Musk’s claim of Twitter violating the merger agreement. Twitter appears confident in its estimation.

The Post stated that

Twitter could give the data to Musk “as quickly as this week”. The trove contains not only real-time records of tweets, but also the devices from which they are sent, and information about the accounts who tweet them. Access to it is currently paid for by around two dozen companies. “

Musk’s offer to buy Twitter waived “business due diligence,” but he says Twitter must provide the requested data because of a clause in the merger agreement that says he is entitled to information “for any reasonable business purpose related to the consummation of the transaction. “

Musk claims that he has the “right to terminate this merger agreement” if Twitter does not comply with his request. Musk also stated in the letter that he needs to have a “complete understanding” of Twitter’s core business model, which is its active user base, to be able to secure financing and prepare for ownership transition.

“Mr. Musk believes that Twitter is transparently refusing its obligations under the merger deal, which is leading to further suspicion that the company withholds the requested data out of concern for what Mr. Musk will uncover,” Musk’s legal team stated in a letter.

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

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