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April 8, 2023, 9:50 PM

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Matt Novak / Forbes:
Elon Musk claims Substack links were never blocked and Substack tried to “download a massive portion of the Twitter database to bootstrap their Twitter clone”  —  Elon Musk broke his silence about the Twitter CEO's conflict with the online publishing site Substack and one of its biggest writers Matt Taibbi on Saturday.
Matt Taibbi / Racket News:
Matt Taibbi plans to use Substack Notes instead of Twitter after learning Twitter is blocking Substack links because the company is upset about Substack Notes  —  On staying at Substack, and leaving Twitter, I guess  —  Earlier this afternoon, I learned Substack links were being blocked on Twitter.
The Verge:
Twitter starts marking Substack links with a warning stating the link “has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe”  —  Twitter has started marking links to Substack as unsafe.  If you click on a link on Twitter with substack.com in the URL …
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Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Experts say that when ChatGPT confabulates, the bot is reaching for information not in its training data and filling in the blanks with plausible-sounding words  —  A look inside the hallucinating artificial minds of the famous text prediction bots.  —  Over the past few months …
James Titcomb / Telegraph:
Tests show Twitter has lifted restrictions on Kremlin-linked accounts, including Putin's, with some appearing in For You feeds, reversing an April 2022 policy  —  Elon Musk's social media site lifts restrictions on Kremlin-linked tweets  —  Twitter has removed restrictions on Kremlin-linked accounts …
New York Times:
Bob Lee's murder in San Francisco has stirred outrage among tech leaders and could motivate the local tech community to become more involved in city politics  —  Bob Lee's death has stirred outrage among tech leaders and comes at a precarious time for the industry — and the city it calls home.
Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal:
How Uber revamped its app, attracting more drivers and extending its lead on Lyft; YipitData: Uber's US market share grew from 62% in early 2020 to 74% now  —  Dara Khosrowshahi and other executives realized drivers' complaints were valid.  They revamped the app, helping Uber attract workers and extend its lead on Lyft.
Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
An interview with Victor Wong, Google's senior director of product management for Privacy Sandbox, about replacing third-party cookies, Apple's ATT, and more  —  To replace the cookie in Chrome and Android, Google has an offering for the world called “Privacy Sandbox.”  Here's an exclusive peek into how it will work.
Nathan Edwards / The Verge:
Google plans to end support for the Dropcam and the Nest Secure home security system on April 8, 2024, continuing to drop products outside of Google Home  —  Google is ending support for the Dropcam and the Nest Secure home security system in exactly one year, on April 8th, 2024.

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