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Sometimes, for whatever reason, you need to make a change.

Maybe something inside of you changed, and you want the outside to reflect it.

Maybe you want to change something from the outside in.

Maybe you're just a bit embarrassed.

This happened to someone I know. I hardly recognize them anymore. But to try and understand them I checked what happened with their friends.

The muddy water leaked into the campus

Phil found refuge in the heights

Virtually countless are hiding behind the letters

The one who cycles replaced his limb to live

The Research stood still and disguised itself as fruit

The underwater vehicle went underground

And my friend is now beyond.

Who is my friend?

Hints

#1

My friend is about 17 years old, but some of his friends are over a 100.

#2

My friend's friends are not so much his friends as they are simply members of the same category/class.

#3

The muddy water only sings with its weapons

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Your friend is

Meta, formerly known as Facebook Inc

This whole riddle was solved in the comments by @Mazement @hexomino @fljx and @Amoz.

The riddle is about

companies changing their name or becoming a subsidiary of a another name.

The muddy water leaked into the campus

Military company Blackwater became Academi.

Phil found refuge in the heights

Philip Morris became a subsidiary of Altria.

Virtually countless are hiding behind the letters

Google (from googol meaning 10^100) became a subsidiary of Alphabet.

The one who cycles replaced his limb to live

The Lance Armstrong Foundation became part of the Livestrong Foundation.

The Research stood still and disguised itself as fruit

Research In Motion became Blackberry.

The underwater vehicle went underground

Pete's Super Submarines changed their name to Subway.

And my friend is now beyond.

Facebook Inc. changed its name to Meta.

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    $\begingroup$ Building on your theme, "Research" might be Cnyb Nygb Erfrnepu Pragre (CNEP="fgbbq fgvyy") juvpu perngrq gur THV vagresnpr gung jnf znqr cbchyne ol gur Nccyr Znpvagbfu. "Qvfthvfrq vgfrys nf sehvg" pbhyq ersre gb CNEP'f snvyrq pbclevtug vasevatrzrag ynjfhvg ntnvafg Nccyr. $\endgroup$
    – Mazement
    Nov 10, 2021 at 1:32
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    $\begingroup$ Well done! The final friend must be rot13(Snprobbx, abj pnyyrq Zrgn, zrnavat orlbaq) $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Nov 10, 2021 at 9:39
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    $\begingroup$ To fill in another blank, I'm fairly confident the virtually countless hiding behind the letters are rot13(n cbchyne frnepu ratvar ybbfryl anzrq nsgre n uhaqerq qvtvg ahzore (tbbtby/Tbbtyr -> Nycunorg) ) $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Nov 10, 2021 at 19:06
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    $\begingroup$ For the fruity one rot13(Erfrnepu va Zbgvba eroenaqrq gb Oynpxoreel) $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Nov 11, 2021 at 11:12
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    $\begingroup$ And Phil might be rot13(Cuvyvc Zbeevf juvpu eroenaqrq nf Nygevn), but I can only see a tenuous link from the prefix there to heights. $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Nov 11, 2021 at 14:38

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