May 6, 2023, 4:25 PM

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Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
Documents: Google plans to make search more “visual, snackable, personal, and human”, incorporating short videos, social media posts, and conversations with AI  —  Changes aim to respond to queries that can't be easily answered by traditional ‘10 blue links’ web results
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
Bluesky says it can't “accommodate heads of state” as it seeks to control growth during its beta; Bluesky currently has ~60K users and a waitlist of 1.2M people  —  Bluesky, the buzzy social media platform that's emerging as a Twitter competitor, said on Friday that it will not allow …
Matt Binder / Mashable:
An independent researcher's data shows that out of the ~150K Twitter Blue subscribers in November 2022, just ~68,157 were still subscribed on April 30  —  The early birds cancel their subscriptions.  —  Twitter Blue's struggles since its launch nearly six months ago are more severe than previously revealed, new data suggests.
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Sources: the US DOJ is investigating if Binance was used to let Russians skirt US sanctions, alongside a probe into its alleged use to evade sanctions on Iran  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether Binance Holdings Ltd. was used illegally to let Russians skirt US sanctions …
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
AI text generators are quietly authoring more of the internet; more AI-generated books and personalized articles mean fewer clients buying human-written content  —  From recipes to product reviews to how-to books, artificial intelligence text generators are quietly authoring more and more of the internet.
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
A journalist recounts discovering that ByteDance surveilled her in 2022 after reporting on TikTok's staff troubles in London and wonders why she was targeted  —  The FT's Cristina Criddle on discovering she'd been surveilled by the controversial social media company
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Q&A with Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, who was awarded IEEE's Medal of Honor, on how Google has changed since 2005, the hazards of LLMs, and more  —  “That's always an exciting place to be — a place where nobody's ever been before."  —  Vint Cerf has been a near-constant influence …
Wall Street Journal:
Former staff say TikTok had a dashboard of users who watch LGBTQ content; TikTok claims to have deleted the dashboard in the US in 2022, but the data remains  —  Company logged categories of content and users on app in effort to boost engagement; spokeswoman says TikTok has restricted access to that data
Lora Kelley / New York Times:
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