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April 6, 2022, 12:00 PM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
With Musk on the Twitter board, Parag Agrawal may struggle to balance his own vision against that of an unpredictable board member with a much louder megaphone  —  Task #1: undermine CEO, consolidate power  —  Today, let's talk about what Elon Musk means for the future of Twitter.
Jillian Ward / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk refiles the SEC disclosure of his Twitter stake to classify himself as an active investor; Musk bought his stake in cash from January 31 to April 1  —  Elon Musk refiled the disclosure of his stake in Twitter Inc. to classify himself as an active investor, making the change …
@twittercomms:
Twitter says it has been working on an edit tweet option since last year and will start testing the feature in Twitter Blue Labs in the coming months  —  now that everyone is asking... yes, we've been working on an edit feature since last year! no, we didn't get the idea from a poll 😉 we're kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn't, and what's possible.
Vishal Chawla / The Block:
Sky Mavis, which runs Axie Infinity, raises $150M led by Binance, with participation from Animoca, a16z, and others, to reimburse users after the Ronin exploit  —  Sky Mavis, the creator of play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, has raised $150 million to reimburse its users who lost funds during …
David Uberti / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed News:
Investigation reveals Worldcoin, which collects iris scans in exchange for free crypto, is wrestling with issues, from angry field operators to privacy concerns  —  As Kudzanayi strolled through the mall with friends, a small crowd caught his attention.  At its center, three men held …
Crystal Kim / Bloomberg:
MicroStrategy uses a loan against its bitcoin holdings to buy $190.5M more bitcoin, a first for the company; MicroStrategy now owns 129,218 BTC, worth ~$6B  —  MicroStrategy Inc. used a loan against its Bitcoin holdings for the first time to purchase $190.5 million more of the cryptocurrency.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
OpenAI unveils DALL-E 2, the successor to its text-to-image neural network, built using its CLIP language model and available to researchers in preview  —  Researchers can sign up to preview it  —  Artificial intelligence research group OpenAI has created a new version of DALL-E, its text-to-image generation program.
Washington Post:
Center for Countering Digital Hate: a study of 8,717 DMs sent to five high profile women shows Instagram didn't act on 90% of reported abusive direct messages  —  Women on Instagram are exposed to an “epidemic of misogynist abuse,” according to a new report.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Interview with Tim Sweeney and Epic executives on Unreal Engine 5's launch, its “Nanite” graphic rendering tech, using it in building the metaverse, and more  —  Growing up in suburban Potomac, Maryland in the 1980s, Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games …
Kevin Marks:
Twitter changed how embeds work for deleted tweets, causing blank spaces on websites; Twitter says it is “to better respect” when users deleted their tweets  —  Twitter Edits You 2022-04-06 With all the fuss about Twitter's promised edit button, and how they might design it …
Maria Ponnezhath / Reuters:
Intel is suspending all business operations in Russia and says it has implemented business continuity measures to minimize disruption to its global operations  —  Intel Corp (INTC.O) is suspending all business operations in Russia, effective immediately, the U.S. chipmaker said on Tuesday …
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
The DOJ charges Russian national Dmitry Olegovich Pavlov with running the Hydra Market darknet, after German police shut the service down  —  The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed charges against Dmitry Olegovich Pavlov, a 30-year-old Russian national accused of a range of crimes connected to …
Google AI Blog:
Google AI claims PaLM, its 540B parameter, dense decoder-only Transformer model, shows breakthrough capabilities in tasks like language, reasoning, and coding  —  In recent years, large neural networks trained for language understanding and generation have achieved impressive results across a wide range of tasks.
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Analysis of 150 US police reports mentioning Apple's AirTags shows 50 cases where women reported being stalked, mostly involving former intimate partners  —  Motherboard obtained reports of stalking, harassment, and abuse using Airtags, targeting victims of intimate partner violence.  —  Samantha Cole

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