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Austin or Philly? Texas Capitol is most polite city in the U.S., survey says

Austin is the nation's most polite city, according to a survey. (Pexels)

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Austin is the most polite city in the U.S., according to a recent Preply study.

Compiled from a survey of 1,500 residents in the nation’s 30 most populous cities, the Texas Capitol scored lowest on the “average rudeness score” with 3.91 out of 10 points. Embodying its famous Southern charm, four other Texas cities also made the top 15 “most polite” list.

“It seems that Austinites enjoy a laid-back, friendly city atmosphere, even as the city continues to grow rapidly,” the survey said. “In general, the state of Texas has a reputation for politeness and friendliness, along with the rest of the South, underscoring the stereotype of Southern hospitality.”

A smattering of East Coast cities scored near the top. Philadelphia was named the rudest city, with a score of 6.3, while New York City (6.0) and Boston (5.9) were third and fifth, respectively. Texas’ lone outlier was Houston, which ranked the highest in the state at 10th on the rudeness scale.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.