March 8, 2023, 5:55 PM

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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Elon Musk apologizes after mocking laid-off, disabled Twitter employee Haraldur Thorleifsson, who joined in January 2021 after Twitter acquired his startup Ueno  —  If you're not told you are fired, are you really fired?  At Twitter, probably.  And then, sometimes, you get your job back — if you want it.
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David Pierce / The Verge:
Spotify redesigns its app's core homescreen with album and playlist covers above and a TikTok-like vertical scroll of playlists, video podcasts, and more  —  Spotify is redesigning the core homescreen of its app, trying to make it easier for users to find new stuff to listen to — and watch.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google adds its VPN service to all Google One plans in 22 countries, starting at $1.99 per month, and dark web monitoring for stolen personal info to Google One  —  After adding Magic Eraser last month, Google One is significantly expanding the availability of its VPN and introducing dark web monitoring for stolen information.
TikTok announces Project Clover, its plan to charm European regulators, including keeping more users' data on servers in Europe and allowing a security audit  —  BRUSSELS — TikTok has launched its European counteroffensive to assuage politicians' fears over Chinese surveillance.
A look at Google scrambling to add generative AI to its products, reminding some alumni of the mandate to infuse Google+ into every key service starting in 2011  —  Artificial intelligence was supposed to be Google's thing.  The company has cultivated a reputation for making long-term bets …
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
DuckDuckGo launches DuckAssist in beta, an OpenAI- and Anthropic-powered tool that generates answers using Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, and other sources  —  The new DuckAssist tool will source answers from Wikipedia for quick, conversational responses to some questions.
Sources: Uber is exploring whether to spin off its Uber Freight logistics arm, likely via an IPO, to focus on its growing ride hailing and food delivery units  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is exploring whether to spin off its Uber Freight logistics arm in a sale or as a separate publicly traded company …
Aaron Tilley / Wall Street Journal:
Humane, founded by two former Apple executives, raised a $100M Series C and partners with OpenAI and Microsoft; patents suggest plans to build a wearable device  —  Humane to launch its first product this spring, with patents suggesting it may be a wearable device
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Sources: Stripe is raising $6B at a $50B valuation from Thrive Capital, General Catalyst, a16z, and Founders Fund to help early employees exercise their RSUs  —  Thrive Capital, General Catalyst, Andreessen Horowitz, and Founders Fund are participating in the round along with Goldman Sachs private wealth clients.
James Hunt / The Block:
Coinbase unveils a “Wallet-as-a-Service” product, offering APIs to help companies create customizable onchain wallets with simple user onboarding in their apps  —  - Coinbase has announced a product called Wallet-as-a-Service (WaaS), designed to let companies build web3 experiences that have simple wallet onboarding.
James Archer / Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
An interview with Valve designer Lawrence Yang and engineer Pierre-Loup Griffais on the Steam Deck a year in, community-driven improvements, Verified, and more  —  The portable PC's creators reflect on its first anniversary and look to its future  —  Happy birthday, anniversary, launchiversary …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube plans to ease its restrictions on swearing in videos after finding that its November 2022 rules “resulted in a stricter approach than we intended”  —  YouTube will ease its restrictions on swearing in videos after an update it rolled out in November sparked backlash from several creators …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
An oral history of LinkedIn, which turns 20 in May, told by co-founders including Reid Hoffman, current executives, Satya Nadella, Richard Branson, and others  —  Social media, for work?  The world was skeptical.  But 20 years and a few white-knuckle moments later, LinkedIn has become synonymous …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Panic launches Catalog, a curated game store with 16 titles for Playdate, and plans to raise the handheld console's price by $20 to $199 starting in April 2023  —  As part of a showcase event, Panic announced that Catalog, a game store for its Playdate handheld, would be launching today.

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