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July 14, 2023, 3:05 PM

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Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Twitter's creators program makes its first payouts, including to far-right influencers like Andrew Tate, who made over $20K, Ian Miles Cheong, and Benny Johnson  —  The platform is paying high-profile creators, including Andrew Tate, thousands of dollars for posting to the app
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Twitter starts paying Twitter Blue creators who earned 5M+ impressions per month for three months a revenue cut from the ads beside the replies to their tweets  —  Twitter is now paying creators for a share of the ad revenue earned from ads served in the replies to their posts.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
SAG-AFTRA: the AMPTP's AI proposal lets studios scan a background actor to create a digital likeness, for a day's pay, for perpetual use without consent or pay  —  During today's press conference in which Hollywood actors confirmed that they were going on strike, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland …
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
Netflix's Orange Is the New Black was an early indicator of how lopsided the streaming economy would be, as 10 actors from the show detail tiny residual incomes  —  The innovative and daring show was a worldwide hit for Netflix, but some of the actors say that they were never fairly compensated.
Hayden Field / CNBC:
Sensor Tower: from July 8 to July 11 and 12, Threads DAUs fell ~20% and time spent fell 50% to 10 minutes; Similarweb: Android DAUs fell 25%+ from July 7 to 10  —  - Facebook's Twitter-killer, Threads, has seen drops in daily active users and time spent on app since the weekend, according to SensorTower and SimilarWeb.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta confirms taking “additional steps” to prevent EU-based users from accessing Instagram's Threads; users report no longer being able to use Threads via a VPN  —  After multiple EU-based users complained about not being able to access Instagram's Threads app through VPN, Meta confirmed that it is blocking such efforts.
More: Thurrott, Engadget, PCMag, Ars Technica, Appuals.com, and Neowin
Twitter: @mattnavarra and @y_molodtsovThreads: @levieForums: Hacker News
Tim Copeland / The Block:
Crypto bridging protocol Multichain ceases operations after confirming Chinese police detained its CEO, Zhaojun, and his sister, who held ~$220M of user assets  —  - Multichain confirmed its CEO has been detained in China.  — It said the CEO's sister moved $220 million of funds …
Reuters:
Semafor:
Sources: Elon Musk claimed xAI was worth $20B, as he was trying to recruit top AI talent and offering equity in his new startup  —  Elon Musk sought to recruit top AI talent to his new artificial intelligence company with equity in the venture he claimed was already worth tens of billions of dollars …
More: Fast CompanyBluesky: @niedermeyer.io and @romitmehta.com
Twitter: @rmac18 and @thegregyang
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter aims to reduce DM spam with a setting that moves messages from Blue users you don't follow back to the Message Request inbox instead of the main inbox  —  As Twitter fends off new competition from Instagram Threads, the company today announced a change designed to cut down on spam in users' inboxes.
More: Dexerto, Techlusive, Social Media Today, and Engadget
Bluesky: @jww.wtf and @setia.inkTwitter: @twittersupportThreads: @carnage4lifeForums: r/RealTesla
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft names Aptos as the next default font for its Microsoft 365 productivity apps, replacing Calibri; Aptos was available for two years as Bierstadt  —  - After considering user feedback on five options, Microsoft has picked the next default font for its productivity apps like Word and Outlook.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Microsoft and Activision Blizzard consider selling UK cloud-based game rights to a telecom, gaming, or internet company to appease US and UK regulators  —  - Companies may give up some control of UK cloud gaming unit  — US, UK regulators have come out against the $69 billion deal
Bloomberg Law:
Aoyon Ashraf / CoinDesk:
After the US court ruling in Ripple's favor, Coinbase, Kraken, and Bitstamp resume XRP trading on their US exchanges and Gemini is exploring listing the token  —  U.S. federal court ruled on Thursday that sale of XRP tokens on exchanges and through algorithms did not constitute investment contracts.
Tom Hals / Reuters:

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