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April 24, 2023, 1:30 PM

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John Kruzel / Reuters:
SCOTUS agrees to hear two First Amendment cases related to government officials blocking critics on social media, after a similar Trump-related case in 2021  —  The U.S. Supreme Court, exploring free speech rights in the social media era, on Monday agreed to consider whether the Constitution's …
Martine Paris / Forbes:
Pop star Grimes tells fans to create AI-generated music with her voice, saying she will split 50% royalties, the same as “with any artist I collab with”  —  In the wake of the AI-generated hit Heart on My Sleeve going viral with deepfakes of multi-platinum artists Drake and The Weeknd …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: to avoid an official antitrust probe by EU regulators, Microsoft agrees to stop bundling Teams with Office, following a complaint from Slack to the EU  —  Tech giant makes concession in an attempt to avoid formal EU antitrust investigation and follows complaint by rival Slack
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Bloomberg:
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 …
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.
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.
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