March 1, 2023, 7:55 AM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Decentralized social network Bluesky launches in the iOS App Store as an invite-only beta; Twitter started Bluesky in 2019 and spun off the project in 2022  —  Bluesky, the Twitter alternative backed by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has hit the App Store and more testers are gaining access.
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
After a lengthy, unexplained outage over the weekend due to an update, Solana Labs plans to improve its upgrade process to ensure reliability and uptime  —  Solana co-founder said last week's 1.14 network update has raised concerns about maintaining stability during major updates.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Twitter users globally reported multiple outages for over two hours, including the timeline failing to load on web and mobile; most users could still tweet  —  Twitter seems to be having difficulties, with users reporting that the site's timeline isn't loading on either the web or mobile apps.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta's internal four-year AR/VR roadmap: three Quest headsets, smart glasses with a display and a “neural interface” smartwatch in 2025, and AR glasses in 2027  —  During an internal presentation, Meta execs laid out plans for three new Quest headsets, AR glasses in 2027, and a ‘neural interface’ smartwatch.
How the UK's Online Safety Bill became an overwrought law that may not achieve its aims due to repeated policy changes by four prime ministers since 2019  —  LONDON — Britain's attempt to rein in the internet has turned into a political omnishambles.  —  The country's masterplan …
Financial Times:
London-based Revolut reports £636M in 2021 revenue, a third coming from its crypto trading business, and a £26M net profit, up from a £223M loss in 2020  —  Crypto boom helped fintech to first annual profit  —  Revolut's auditor warned that the design of the fintech's …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter reverses its violent speech policy to ban users from voicing “wishes of harm” on people, homes, shelters, and essential infrastructure  —  Twitter is once again tightening its rules around what users are permitted to say on the platform.
Elad Gil / Elad Blog:
Mid-to-late stage tech startups will likely face a reckoning in late 2023 to 2024, as companies run out of cash from “free rounds” fueled by low interest rates  —  The coming reset in mid-to-late stage startups in 2023-2024 is at this point likely largely decoupled from interest rates and inflation.
Former FTX Director of Engineering Nishad Singh pleads guilty to six US criminal charges, becoming the third FTX exec close to SBF to plead guilty and cooperate  —  Nishad Singh, the former director of engineering at now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Salesforce is still paying Matthew McConaughey $10M a year to act as a “creative adviser” despite thousands of layoffs and multiple activist investors  —  The $160 billion business-software company has joined the tech industry's retrenchment, laying off thousands
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Qualcomm and Thales announce the certification of the first commercially deployable iSIM, putting eSIM-like functionality directly into a phone's main processor  —  Never mind eSIMs — your next phone might have a more advanced way of connecting to your carrier.
Scott Chipolina / Financial Times:
Nansen: investors pulled $6B+ out of the BUSD stablecoin in the past month after US regulatory pressure; BUSD was ~40% of Binance's trading volume in December  —  New York regulatory move accelerates withdrawal from BUSD stablecoin  —  Investors have pulled more than $6bn …
Blake Hester / VICE:
How the proliferation of shock sites like Goatse, which can be traced back to, defined the modern internet era and informed how we use the web today  —  We owe the cultural evolution of the internet to the likes of ‘Two Girls, One Cup,’ ‘Goatse,’ and ‘Tubgirl.’
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Typeface, which offers generative AI for marketing copy and images, emerges from stealth with $65M from Lightspeed Venture Partners, GV, M12, and Menlo Ventures  —  Typeface, a startup developing an AI-powered dashboard for drafting marketing copy and images, emerged from stealth this week …

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