A: Hey, what are you looking at?
B: I’m looking at the Twitter account of the world’s richest man: Elon Musk.
A: Is there some big piece of news?
Photo: Reuters 照片：路透
B: Last week he spent US$44 billion, or NT$1.29 trillion, to buy Twitter.
（Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
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