February 9, 2023, 4:55 AM

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Twitter lets US Blue subscribers tweet up to 4,000 characters; in timelines, longer tweets will be capped at 280 characters and have an option to “Show more”  —  need more than 280 characters to express yourself? we know that lots of you do... and while we love a good thread, sometimes you just want to Tweet everything all at once. we get that. so we're introducing longer Tweets! you're gonna want to check this out. tap this 👉
Twitter's free APIs will work until February 13, when the company will launch a low-usage $100/month plan and a limited free plan and deprecates its Premium API  —  We have been busy with some updates to the Twitter API so you can continue to build and innovate with us. We're excited to announce an extension of the current free Twitter API access through February 13. Here's what we're shipping then 🧵
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Many Twitter users reported issues on February 8, from outages to not being able to tweet except by scheduling or via an API; the issues seem to be mostly fixed  —  Shortly after Twitter launched its huge increase in max character count to 4,000 today, many users aren't able to tweet this afternoon.
Martin Coulter / Reuters:
Google's Bard announcement tweet included a GIF of the AI chatbot giving an inaccurate answer to a question about the James Webb Space Telescope; GOOG drops 7%+  —  Google published an online advertisement in which its much anticipated AI chatbot BARD delivered inaccurate answers.
Jonathan Greig / The Record:
The CISA publishes a recovery script for the ESXiArgs ransomware that encrypted files at 3,800+ organizations across the US, France, Italy, and other countries  —  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has published a process for recovering files for organizations affected …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google releases the first Android 14 developer preview, for Pixel phones, offering multi-device experiences, customization features, security changes, and more  —  Google announced the Android 14 Developer Preview today.  The February release was expected and matches last year, while it comes as 13 QPR2 is still in beta.
David Friend / Canadian Press:
Netflix rolls out its long-anticipated password sharing rules in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain; other countries will be added in the next few months  —  Under new rules, premium and standard account holders will be given option to add extra members for $7.99 per month
Brian Fung / CNN:
NetBlocks: Turkey restores Twitter access, limited after the earthquake, after officials “remind Twitter of its obligations” on takedowns and disinformation  —  Access to Twitter has been restored in Turkey, according to internet monitoring company Netblocks.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Internal memo: Apple names Carol Surface as its first chief people officer, shifting human resources responsibilities away from SVP of Retail Deirdre O'Brien  —  Apple Inc. is hiring its first chief people officer and shifting human resources duties from its head of retail …
Robinhood plans to buy up to 55M shares, or 7%+ of the company's outstanding shares, that Sam Bankman-Fried bought in 2022 and the US DOJ seized in January 2023  —  - Robinhood's board has approved a plan to purchase Sam Bankman-Fried's shares in the company, which amount to more than a 7% stake.
Allyson Versprille / Bloomberg:
Source: the SEC is investigating if crypto exchange Kraken offered unregistered securities in the US; the probe could lead to a settlement in the coming days  —  Kraken, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is embroiled in a probe by a top US financial regulator over whether …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Google's AI demo in Paris paled in comparison to Microsoft's “new Bing” event, highlighting why Google needs to widely release its ChatGPT rival service Bard  —  Google demoed its latest advances in AI search at a live event in Paris on Wednesday — but the features pale in comparison …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Clay Bavor, a Google veteran of 18 years who recently led the company's AR/VR efforts, leaves to start an AI company with former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor  —  For the past few years, Google's AR and VR efforts have been led by Clay Bavor.  The longtime executive is now set to leave the company next month.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google shares AI updates across its services: expanding multisearch globally on mobile, Maps features for EV drivers, Lens AR translation, and Translate context  —  Google announced a bunch of AI-enabled search, Maps, and Translate updates as part of its Google presents: Live from Paris event on Wednesday.

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