April 24, 2023, 6:00 AM

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Victor Swezey / The Daily Beast:
Twitter appears to have restored verification checkmarks to many accounts with 1M+ followers, saying they are subscribed to Blue; some deny they paid for Blue  —  Across Twitter on Saturday, some of the platform's biggest names expressed surprise when their fickle checkmarks suddenly reappeared.
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Twitter restores the gold badges of some news organizations, including the BBC, The New York Times, and Bellingcat; the BBC and Bellingcat say they did not pay  —  Some Twitter accounts with more than one million followers have had their blue tick badges re-instated by Twitter without paying to subscribe.
Mike Pearl / Mashable:
Some critics of Twitter Blue, including @dril, Kara Swisher, and Twitch streamer Hasan Piker, say Twitter gave them unwanted Blue checkmarks  —  If you can't beat 'em verify 'em. … The latest speed bump in the rollout of Twitter's revamped verification policy under new owner Elon Musk is here: Spite checkmarks.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources detail Apple XR headset's external battery and charging cable, and a look at Apple's app strategy of throwing everything but the kitchen sink at users  —  Apple is taking a scattershot approach to the upcoming Reality headset's features, hoping that a wide variety of options will get consumers to try the product.
Financial Times:
Sources: Arm plans to work with manufacturing partners to build a test chip showcasing the capabilities of its designs, its most advanced chipmaking effort yet  —  Company to build test chip with factory partners, stoking fears it could in future compete with its biggest customers
Nielsen: Netflix accounts for between 7% and 8% of TV viewing in the US every month and between 70% to 80% of the top 10 shows in the US every week  —  Good afternoon from Ojai, California, where I am celebrating my girlfriend's birthday.  Lunch was interrupted by huge news …
Nabiha Syed / The Markup:
Q&A with Katherine Forrest, a former federal judge for the SDNY, on copyright and generative AI, the Copyright Office's guidance on AI-generated work, and more  —  A conversation with Katherine Forrest  —  Subscribe to Hello World … Before they gobbled up headlines everywhere …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Hacker group naming schemes, such as Microsoft's new system, are counterproductive for cybersecurity analysis; a government body should set a naming convention  —  Pumpkin Sandstorm.  Spandex Tempest.  Charming Kitten.  Is this really how we want to name the hackers wreaking havoc worldwide?
Roman Feeser / CBS News:
A look at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Merlin Bird ID app, launched in 2014, which can identify 6,000+ bird species on six continents by a picture or song  —  Scientific evidence suggests dinosaurs met their extinction through asteroid impact.  Today, if a species goes extinct, chances we as humans had something to do with it.
More: Six Things
A look at LAION, a free AI training data set with 5B+ images used in Google's Imagen and Stable Diffusion, created by high school teacher Christoph Schuhmann  —  In front of a suburban house on the outskirts of the northern Germany city of Hamburg, a single word — “LAION” — is scrawled in pencil across a mailbox.
Sam Reynolds / CoinDesk:
A California judge rules that the RR/BAYC NFTs, which feature primates in similar poses to the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, violate Yuga Labs' BAYC trademarks  —  Use of BAYC trademarks by Ripps' RR/BAYC was intended to confuse consumers, a U.S. judge in California has ruled

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