July 6, 2023, 2:00 PM

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Meta's Supplemental Privacy Policy for Threads says “your Threads profile can only be deleted by deleting your Instagram account”, surprising some users  —  Threads, Meta's Twitter rival, is drawing users at an astounding pace, amassing 10 million signups in just seven hours …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Hands-on with Threads: fairly basic text-based messaging app, log in via Instagram, no hashtags, can't search for anything other than user handles, and more  —  Programming note: I really was trying to take a vacation, but this felt like it was worth the one-day interruption.
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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg says Threads now has over 30M signups, up from 10M within seven hours of launch, 5M in four hours, and 2M in two hours  —  Update July 6, 11:45 AM IST: Zuckerberg noted that Threads crossed the milestone of 10 million signups within seven hours of launch.
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Meta launches Instagram's Threads, available on the App Store and Google Play in 100+ countries; users log in via Instagram and can follow the same accounts  —  - Threads is a text-based messaging app that looks very similar to Twitter.  — People will be able to use their Instagram usernames …
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Eugen Rochko / Mastodon Blog:
Mastodon CEO says the launch of Instagram's Threads, which intends to adopt ActivityPub, “is a clear victory for our cause, hopefully one of many to come”  —  Today, Meta is launching its new microblogging platform called Threads.  What is noteworthy about this launch …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
New York Times:
How Tom Brady's crypto ambitions, including a bet on FTX, collided with reality, an example of the humiliating reckoning facing celebrities who embraced crypto  —  The superstar quarterback is among the celebrities dealing with the fallout from the crypto crash.  Others, like Taylor Swift, escaped.
Emily M. Bender:
Framing AI debates as a schism between people worried about rogue AI and those illuminating harms is ahistorical and obscures research, journalism, and activism  —  In two recent conversations with very thoughtful journalists, I was asked about the apparent ‘schism’ between those making a lot …
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Sources: CFTC investigators concluded that bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network misled investors and that its former CEO, Alex Mashinsky, also broke US rules  —  Investigators at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have concluded that bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bluesky raised an $8M seed led by Neo and partners with Namecheap to let its users directly purchase and manage custom domains, Bluesky's first paid service  —  Hours before Meta launches its anticipated Instagram competitor, Threads, another Twitter rival — Bluesky — is announcing additional funding and its first paid service.
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Sources: Google delays releasing its first fully custom Pixel chip by at least a year; instead of codename Redondo's 2024 debut, codename Laguna is set for 2025  —  Google has big ambitions to develop its own chips for its Pixel phones.  So far, however, things haven't gone according to plan.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Samsung schedules its next Galaxy Unpacked event for July 26 at 7am ET in Seoul, where the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, Watch 6, and new tablets are expected  —  Samsung has announced it's hosting its next Unpacked on July 26th at 7AM ET — bright and early for the east coast …
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
PitchBook: US VCs invested $39.8B in Q2 2023, down nearly 50% YoY, across 3,011 deals, down ~33% YoY, with the number of angel or seed deals falling ~50% YoY  —  Venture capitalists are funding fewer startups, especially at the earliest stages of a company's life, according to new data from research firm PitchBook.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify stops letting subscribers paying via Apple's App Store to use IAP as a payment method, after barring new subscribers from using Apple's IAP in May 2016  —  Spotify hasn't let new Premium subscribers pay for service using in-app purchases via Apple's App Store since May 2016 …
Dell Cameron / Wired:
A look at a “must-pass” National Defense Authorization Act amendment, which would forbid US government agencies from buying citizens' search histories and more  —  An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would forbid government entities from buying Americans' search histories, location data, and more.
Katrina Manson / Bloomberg:
The US military is running an eight-week exercise of five LLMs trained on classified info to test AI-enabled data for decision-making, sensors, and firepower  —  Matthew Strohmeyer is sounding a little giddy.  The US Air Force colonel has been running data-based exercises inside the US Defense Department for years.
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