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Celebrities Refuse to Pay for Blue Check Verification on Twitter’s New Subscription Service

On April 1, Twitter announced that it will remove blue checks from “legacy verified” users who don’t sign up for a Twitter Blue subscription, a move that is part of new owner Elon Musk’s plan to make Twitter profitable

Bluesky: Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Alternative Building a Marketplace of Algorithms

Bluesky, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter alternative, is still in its early stages and remains invite-only

Stability AI CEO hints at IPO plans, calls for transparency in AI governance

During the Cerebral Valley AI Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Emad Mostaque, the CEO and founder of Stability AI, revealed that he plans to take the open-source platform public within the next few years

Hindenburg claims Block overstated Cash App users, understated acquisition costs

Hindenburg Research, a US-based short seller, has claimed that Block, the payments company led by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, inflated Cash App user counts for years, confirming Hindenburg's earlier allegations

US Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Targeting Google and Facebook’s Advertising Dominance

A group of bipartisan senators in the United States introduced a new bill on Thursday aimed at regulating online advertising and reducing the clout of major tech companies such as Google and Facebook

Amazon’s Audible Tests Advertisements in Audiobooks for Non-Paying Users

Audible, the audiobook company owned by Amazon, has begun testing advertisements in its audiobooks. The experiment is currently limited to non-paying users

Apple Secures U.S. Appeal Win Against VirnetX’s $502 Million Verdict Over Patents

Apple has successfully convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to uphold a patent tribunal's ruling, jeopardizing a $502 million verdict for patent licensing company, VirnetX

Smoakland tests loophole for credit card cannabis sales using crypto

Smoakland, a cannabis company, is facing a major problem that is common in the cannabis industry: payments and payment processing

Unreal Engine 5’s Latest Tools Showcased in Epic’s State of Unreal Keynote at GDC 2023, Including New MetaHuman Animator and Substrate Shading System

Epic Games recently showcased Unreal Engine 5's latest capabilities during its State of Unreal keynote at GDC 2023

Amazon Enables T-Mobile Customers to Make Hands-Free Calls with Alexa-Enabled Devices

Amazon has recently introduced a new feature that allows T-Mobile customers to use their Alexa-enabled devices, such as Echo Dot or Echo Show, to make or receive hands-free Wi-Fi call

“Google Chrome and Classroom Launch New Features for Educators and Students, Including Reading Mode and AI-Powered Hand Raise Detection

Google has recently announced new features for educators and students that will be added to Chrome and Classroom. Among these features is the new “reading mode” for Chrome, which is an AI-powered feature that helps students with dyslexia and ADHD.

Spotify Introduces Niche Mixes for Personalized Playlists: A Comprehensive Guide

Spotify, the popular music streaming platform, has added a new feature that allows users to generate personalized playlists with even greater control

Tesla Faces Jury Selection for Racial Discrimination Lawsuit by Former Employee

The U.S. District Court in San Francisco is set to begin jury selection for a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Tesla by a former Black employee, Owen Diaz.

PayPal introduces Passkeys feature for Android users to log in without passwords

PayPal, an online payment company, has unveiled its support for Passkeys, a new feature for Android smartphone users

Google launches AI chatbot Bard as rival to ChatGPT for over-18s

Google has launched a new AI chatbot called Bard, but it is only available to certain users who are over 18 years old. Unlike its rival ChatGPT, Bard