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Past articles by Taylor:

Bluesky officially hits 1 million users

Bluesky hit a major milestone, passing 1 million users. The app's community is small but vibrant compared to many of its peers. → Read More

Roblox is launching avatar-based voice calls with facial motion tracking

Roblox Connect weaves Roblox's existing avatars, voice chat and camera-based facial animations together into a new product. → Read More

Epic buys Brazil-based game developer Aquiris to boost Fortnite

Aquiris will become Epic Games Brasil, giving the social gaming giant a foothold in the country's fast-growing gaming market. → Read More

Twitter singles NPR out with misleading state-backed media label

After taking over last year, Twitter’s new owner has invented policies on the fly, pushed questionable design changes and generally bent the platform to suit his whims. In the latest installment of Elon Musk’s mercurial leadership saga, Twitter now classifies American news nonprofit NPR the same way that it handles RT, the infamous Russian state-backed […] → Read More

A judge dismissed Phhhoto’s antitrust suit against Meta

A U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York threw out a lawsuit against Meta this week that had been simmering for a year and a half. The suit, filed in late 2021 by now-shuttered social app Phhhoto, alleged that Meta violated federal antitrust law by copying its core features with the […] → Read More

What’s going on with the TikTok ban?

TikTok’s fate is far from sealed. We’ve answered some common questions about a situation that’s complex, confusing and changing as we speak. → Read More

TikTok CEO testifies before Congress

TikTok's CEO will offer reassurances that the company can safeguard the safety of minors and ward off threats to U.S. user privacy. → Read More

TikTok CEO says it wasn’t ‘spying’ when ByteDance employees surveilled journalists

The TikTok CEO's response to one question likely dug the company's hole even deeper when it comes to building trust with Washington. → Read More

China reminds US that it can and will kill a forced TikTok sale

China pushed back against the U.S. proposal to force a sale of TikTok, rejecting the possible solution to national security concerns. → Read More

Twitch says it will lay off 400 employees

The layoffs were characterized as an effort to make Twitch's business more sustainable in the face of challenging economic conditions. → Read More

The Justice Department is investigating TikTok over journalist spying incident

The FBI and the DOJ are reportedly investigating how some ByteDance employees leveraged the app to spy on American journalists. → Read More

The US government ramps up its pressure campaign against TikTok

The Biden administration's public concerns around TikTok have ratcheted up considerably in recent days, revisiting an old tension. → Read More

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear is stepping down

After serving as its chief executive for more than a decade, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will step down as CEO. → Read More

The FTC finalizes Epic’s $245 million settlement over sketchy Fortnite purchases

The FTC slammed Epic Games with $245 million in fines this week over misleading dark pattern design and kids' privacy protections. → Read More

Fortnite’s maximalism still works in its new cyberpunk season

After a handful of eclectic recent chapters, Fortnite’s latest is taking a theme and running with it. Chapter Four, Season Two of Fortnite went live over the weekend, revamping the game’s central island (which got a full makeover last season) while going full futuristic. The result is a cyberpunk fever dream, with Fortnite’s bucolic rolling […] → Read More

VSCO is growing into a legit social network for photographers

Four years after the dawn of the VSCO Girl, the photo editing app wants you to know that it’s very much alive. → Read More

Twitch’s new experiments hub tells streamers what’s being tested each month

Twitch is giving streamers a place to find out what features the company is testing and what experiments are coming soon. → Read More

Houseparty’s founder launches Towns, an open source group chat app that comes with a blueprint

The founder of Meerkat and Houseparty is launching Towns, a vision of a decentralized future for the social web. → Read More

Supreme Court arguments this week could reshape the future of the internet

The Supreme Court doesn't sound eager to shake up Section 230, a law that protects online companies from liability for user-created content. → Read More

Roblox wants to let people build virtual worlds just by typing

Roblox is exploring how novice developers can use language-based generative AI to build out new virtual worlds. → Read More