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July 8, 2023, 6:05 PM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Less than two days after launch, Mark Zuckerberg says Threads signups reached 70M, which is “way beyond our expectations”  —  - Meta's new Twitter competitor Threads has exploded in growth in its first full day since its public debut Wednesday night, fueled by Instagram's already massive userbase.
Turner Novak / The Split:
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Eugene Wei / Remains of the Day:
How a TikTok-like algorithm and pay-to-play scheme ruined Twitter's complex but functional community, causing the social network to suddenly lose its vitality  —  NOTE: I'd been working on this piece on and off for a few weeks while trying to move to NYC and settle into my new apartment …
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Twitter's biggest struggle is its arcane follower-based system, contrasted with TikTok's algorithmic feed that lets even users with no followers reach millions  —  A series of disastrous missteps over the past year has robbed Twitter of its relevance  —  Alex Pearlman, a stand-up comedian …
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
Gemini sues DCG and its founder; Cameron Winklevoss accuses Barry Silbert of being “the architect and mastermind of the DCG and Genesis fraud against creditors”  —  - Crypto exchange Gemini sued Digital Currency Group and its founder on Friday, accusing Barry Silbert of being …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
X Corp. sues Wachtell to recover most of the $90M fee the law firm received from Twitter for defeating Elon Musk's bid to walk away from his $44B Twitter buyout  —  Elon Musk has sued the elite law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to recover most of a $90 million fee it received from Twitter …
Reuters:
Filing: Google says Indian antitrust body CCI's ruling on Android market abuse is wrongly backed by Amazon's arguments that Google hindered Fire OS development  —  - Google has challenged India decision on Android market abuse  — India antitrust body wrongly backed Amazon arguments-Google
Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
BotDefense, a project run by volunteer Reddit mods to remove spam bots on big subreddits like r/gaming and /r/aww, quits over the site's “antagonistic actions”  —  Mod-made tool claims to have banned 144,926 spambot accounts.  —  The Reddit community is still reckoning …
Megan Tagami / Wall Street Journal:
Some US schools are piloting AI surveillance robots that can detect aggressive behavior in people, alert security, and more, amid growing gun violence concerns  —  When Lori Andrews attended her daughter's graduation at Santa Fe High School, she spotted a 5-foot-10, 400-pound robot roaming …
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Associated Press:
A judge orders NYC to temporarily delay new $17.96/hour minimum pay for gig workers pending a July 31 hearing, after Uber, DoorDash, and Grubhub sued the city  —  A judge Friday ordered New York City to temporarily delay new minimum pay standards for app-based food delivery workers …

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