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July 26, 2023, 6:05 AM

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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Twitter changes its handle from @twitter to @X, Twitter Blue to @XBlue, @TwitterSupport to @Support, and more; the previous @X owner now uses @x12345678998765  —  Twitter has changed its official handle to @X as part of the ongoing rebranding.  As a result, the original @Twitter handle is now inactive …
Wall Street Journal:
Emails: X offers discounts on new video ads in the US and UK and warns advertisers that they will lose verified status unless they reach spending thresholds  —  Social-media site X is offering hefty discounts to lure back ad dollars  —  X Corp. is cutting ad prices as it tries to woo brands back to the Elon Musk-owned platform.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
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Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
Alphabet - Investor Relations:
Alphabet reports Q2 revenue up 7% YoY to $74.6B, net income of $18.37B, up from $16B YoY, and Google Cloud revenue of $8.03B, up from $6.28B YoY; GOOG jumps 6%+  —  Announces Plans for Chief Financial Officer Transition and Appointment of President and Chief Investment Officer MOUNTAIN VIEW …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Google says 2B+ logged-in monthly users are watching YouTube Shorts, up from 1.5B+ in June 2022, and YouTube is reaching 150M people on their TVs in the US  —  Google said today that more than 2 billion logged-in monthly users are watching YouTube Shorts, giving it an edge over competitors like TikTok and Instagram Reels.
More: CNBC
CNBC:
Microsoft - Investor Relations:
Microsoft reports Q4 net income up 20% YoY to $20.1B, revenue up 8% YoY to $56.2B, Office Commercial up 12% YoY, Dynamics 365 up 26% YoY, and LinkedIn up 5% YoY  —  , as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:  · Revenue was $56.2 billion and increased 8% (up 10% in constant currency)
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Ben Tarnoff / The Guardian:
A profile of Joseph Weizenbaum, who created the first chatbot in 1966 but turned against AI, believing the computer revolution constricted our humanity  —  Computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum was there at the dawn of artificial intelligence - but he was also adamant that we must never confuse computers with humans
Jason Nelson / Decrypt:
David Pierce / The Verge:
The Browser Company launches Arc on macOS and iOS after a two-year waitlist; the browser helps users take notes, redesign webpages, organize tabs, and more  —  Arc, the Mac and iOS browser from The Browser Company, is finally ditching its waitlist.  The company has been testing the app …
Josh Sisco / Politico:
Sources: the FTC is finalizing its antitrust suit against Amazon and is likely to file its case in federal court rather than its own tribunal as soon as August  —  A case would be a high-water mark for FTC Chair Lina Khan who gained prominence criticizing the company's dominance.
Anto Antony / Bloomberg:
A profile of Indian edtech giant Byju's CEO Byju Raveendran, who has been in crisis mode for months but hopes to raise a $1B equity investment as soon as August  —  - Indian firm has struggled to overcome issues with liquidity  — US investors accused Byju's of hiding half a billion dollars
More: Livemint, Tech in Asia, MediaNama, Reuters, and TechCrunch
LinkedIn: Anto AntonyTwitter: @pelstrom and @kanthan2030
RT Watson / The Block:
Flashbots, whose service proposes blocks for validators running the Ethereum blockchain, raised a $60M Series B led by Paradigm at a $1B valuation  —  - Startup Flashbots raised $60 million from both venture capitalists and other players in the blockchain space.

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