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During the company's annual shareholder meeting, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that it had considered the idea of a paid version of the service but wasn't moving ahead with the idea. Though he added Twitter is always considering feedback from users and customers so it's not entirely off the table.

"We do believe that there is a real importance that Twitter is accessible to everyone in the world no matter what their economic stature is and where they are in life, so the general case has been to make Twitter free and open," said Dorsey.

In March, Twitter was quietly mulling over the idea of a paid version of Tweetdeck, a tool for power users that juggle multiple accounts, though it's not moved forward with it.

Twitter shareholders also rejected a proposal for the company to explore becoming a user and employee-owned co-operative. Shareholders Jim McRitchie and Steffen Sauerteig suggested that it could help Twitter refocus on its mission of democracy and free speech instead of maximizing profits.

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Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

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Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The updated guidance, which exempts children under the age of 18 from the vaccine requirement, is intended to provide further clarity for airlines and foreign nationals who have been restricted from traveling to the U.S. since early 2020.

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Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

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