Elon Musk has $46.5 Billion in Financing to Buy Twitter and More News


Elon Musk announces he has $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter, New revelations in Johnny Depp’s trial. Pioneering electric eye promises artificial vision, Court orders Julian Assange’s extradition to the US, and more news.

Elon Musk announces he has $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter, may make tender offer

Elon Musk is reportedly exploring a tender offer, meaning a bid to purchase some or all of a shareholders’ stock in a corporation. Updated security filing on Thursday said Musk had received commitments for $46.5 billion to help finance a potential deal for Twitter, CNBC reported. According to the filing, Musk has secured about $25.5 in debt financing through Morgan Stanley Senior funding and other firms and said he had committed about $21 billion in equity financing. Other participants in the financing include Bank of America, Barclays, MUFG, Societe Generale, Mizuho Bank, and BNP Paribas, the filing states.

New revelations in Johnny Depp trial

Numerous surprising revelations have come to light amid the legal battle between actor Johnny Depp in his $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, LADBible reports. The case came after a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard claimed Depp was an abuser.

Among the shocking statements witnesses have heard in the trial:

  •  Heard admitted in an audio recording “I was hitting you.”
  •  Depp said he would lock himself in the bathroom to escape Amber Heard.
  •  Depp claimed Heard severed his finger during a heated argument in Australia.
  •  Depp has been using an earpiece on film sets since the 1990s.
  •  Depp said he is legally blind in one eye.
  •  Depp claimed he never watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean film.
  •  Depp said he would never work on another Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Pioneering electric eye promises artificial vision

A pioneering electric eye now being developed by scientists holds the promise of bringing vision to the blind and improving color perception for the colorblind, the Daily Mail reports. The new artificial vision technology was originally developed by scientists at Georgia State University for use by micro-robots and makes use of synthetic methods that mimic biochemical processes, the same that allows humans to see. The researchers developed a micro-scale camera designed for tiny robots in order to access areas humans and larger-scale robots could not reach. They now realize this same technology could provide a method for providing sight to humans and a potential remedy for blindness.

Court orders Julian Assange’s extradition to the US

On Wednesday, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court ordered Julian Assange to be extradited to the US. The case will now go to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for approval. However, there is a possibility the case may yet get caught up in an appeal process at the High Court. If extradited to America, the WikiLeaks founder faces espionage charges in the United States and allegations of conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information following WikiLeaks’ publication of over 400,000 documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The leaks were provided by former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, LADBible reports. In the US, Assange could face a 175-year prison sentence.