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Recent articles by Amanda:

Here are some of the cringiest revelations in the Elon Musk text dump

A trove of texts between Musk and his closest confidants is the latest document to surface out of the Elon Musk v. Twitter trial. → Read More

Amazon raises hourly wages by about $1 amid increasing union pressure

Over the next year, Amazon will dedicate nearly $1 billion to raising average wages from about $18 to $19 per hour. → Read More

Instagram permanently disabled Pornhub’s account

"The livelihoods of independent creators are harmed by Instagram's reckless and discriminatory behavior," Pornhub wrote in an open letter. → Read More

Make your very own AI-generated Pokémon-like creature

After nine generations of Pokémon, it can sometimes feel like the game developers are just pulling random words from a hat and seeing what they come up with. I still can’t decide if Klefki, the sentient keyring Pokémon, is a stroke of genius or madness. Now, there’s an AI generator for that. Justin Pinkney, a […] → Read More

No, Tumblr is not bringing back porn

Tumblr's new "community labels" feature helps filter sensitive content, but the underlying community guidelines have not changed. → Read More

YouTube Shorts adds narration voiceovers, a popular TikTok feature

After announcing a milestone monetization program, YouTube Shorts continues to compete with TikTok by adding more small features. → Read More

Advocacy groups slam Amazon and MGM’s controversial ‘Ring Nation’ show ahead of its premiere

Over forty human rights groups signed a letter calling on Amazon and MGM to cancel "Ring Nation," which premieres tonight. → Read More

Triller settles lawsuit with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz

Triller has settled with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, but the terms of the settlement are not disclosed. → Read More

How Blaseball’s fantasy sports fever dream is embracing the future

A star pitcher is resurrected from the Hall of Flame. A Hellmouth swallows the state of Utah. Crows descend on Tastykake Stadium, pecking slugger Jessica Telephone out of a peanut shell. This is Blaseball, the absurdist baseball simulator that captured the most delightfully wacky corners of the internet when it launched in summer 2020. Developed […] → Read More

NyQuil chicken isn’t actually a TikTok trend

The FDA warned against cooking chicken in NyQuil, as seen on TikTok. But is this a trend or just one cursed video? → Read More

Block Party, a tool to combat online harassment, raises a $4.8M seed

If you've experienced any form of harassment on Twitter in the last few years, then you've probably heard of Block Party. And if you haven't, lucky you! → Read More

YouTube targets TikTok with revenue sharing for Shorts, Partner Program expansion

No short form video platform has quite figured out how to share ad revenue yet, making it difficult for creators on apps like TikTok to make a living from their content alone. But today, YouTube announced major changes to its YouTube Partner Program, allowing creators to earn ad revenue on Shorts, its TikTok competitor. Now, […] → Read More

Antimatter brings shitposting to the classroom

“To be able to shitpost, you have to understand the subject matter really well,” Antimatter founder Jonathan Libov deadpans. “In a sense, shitposting is the highest form of consciousness.” Silly as it may sound, Libov is onto something. With a five-person team and a bit of venture funding, Antimatter is building the most memey educational […] → Read More

BeReal reportedly considers paid features in lieu of advertisements

Unlike the social apps with billions of users that are trying to copy it, BeReal has not yet figured out how to monetize yet. → Read More

YouTube Shorts could steal TikTok’s thunder with a better deal for creators

The biggest open secret in short form video has nothing to do with the algorithm. The secret is that you can’t get rich on TikTok, because even the most viral creators earn a negligible portion of their income from the platform itself. TikTok remains hugely dominant over the copycat short form video feeds that competing […] → Read More

Tencent lays off nearly all of staff at its gaming site Fanbyte

Tencent is the world's biggest gaming company, yet it can't just pay some games journalists. → Read More

Splatoon is the video game version of those ASMR-like ‘oddly satisfying’ videos

Splatoon is all about the ink, and boy do I love the ink. → Read More

Zoom is down in a major outage

Users lost the ability to join meetings on Thursday morning. → Read More

TikTok just launched a BeReal clone called TikTok Now

All the major social media players are racing to rip-off BeReal, a small, buzzy French app. → Read More

TikTok competitor YouTube Shorts is integrating more closely with YouTube Music

With Sounds on Shorts, YouTube is finally taking advantage of what it has that TikTok doesn't: YouTube videos and a streaming service. → Read More