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Twitter had a new plan to fight extremism — then Elon arrived

Twitter had a new plan to fight extremism — then Elon arrived

It had been a long pandemic for Twitter’s research team. Tasked with solving some of the platform’s toughest problems around harassment, extremism, and disinformation, staffers absconded to Napa Valley in November 2021 for a company retreat. Despite a tumultuous change in leadership — Jack Dorsey had recently stepped down, appointing former chief technology officer Parag …

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Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is small-screen high fantasy done right

Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is small-screen high fantasy done right

It almost never bodes well when a studio leads with its desire for a new project to become the Next Big Thing™ the way Amazon has with its ultra-expensive Lord of the Rings prequel series, The Rings of Power, from co-showrunners J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay. But despite its being a product of the …

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How Twitter’s child porn problem ruined its plans for an OnlyFans competitor

How Twitter’s child porn problem ruined its plans for an OnlyFans competitor

In the spring of 2022, Twitter considered making a radical change to the platform. After years of quietly allowing adult content on the service, the company would monetize it. The proposal: give adult content creators the ability to begin selling OnlyFans-style paid subscriptions, with Twitter keeping a share of the revenue. Had the project been …

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Moderna is suing Pfizer over its coronavirus vaccine

Moderna is suing Pfizer over its coronavirus vaccine

Moderna is suing Pfizer and BioNTech over alleged infringement of its mRNA vaccine technology patents, the company announced today. “We are filing these lawsuits to protect the innovative mRNA technology platform that we pioneered, invested billions of dollars in creating, and patented during the decade preceding the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Moderna chief executive officer Stéphane …

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