Saturday, January 28

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Science

Twitter is auctioning off office items from its headquarters — including a giant “@” statue that can hold your plants

Holiday shopping could extend another month for Twitter's biggest fans. In mid-January, the social media giant will auction off some of the surplus office items at its San Francisco, California, headquarters — including statues, kitchen items, furniture and more. Along with standard office furniture, the auction will include some more advanced technology, such as smart TVs, mobile media centers and digital whiteboards, as well as commercial kitchen supplies, including ice machines, a heavy-duty griddle and espresso machines. Some of the most unique items available, however, represent Twitter itself – a more than 3-foot tall Twitter bird statue and a massive 6-foot "@" sculpture planter that currently has artificial plants that can be replaced with live ones. A more ...
Science

Elon Musk targets Dr. Anthony Fauci in viral tweet, drawing backlash

As Dr. Anthony Fauci prepares to step down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the end of the year, the leading immunologist faced derision on social media over the weekend from tech billionaire and Twitter CEO Elon Musk."My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci," Musk tweeted on Sunday. The jibe, shared largely without context, drew support from prominent conservatives such as right-wing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — whose account was reinstated with Musk's decision to end the platform's COVID-19 misinformation policy last month, and who has been criticized in the past for her own comments mocking the use of gender pronouns — as well as backlash.While Musk's tweet acquired roughly half a million likes in its first few hours online, health experts lik...
Gaming

Elden Ring Gets Free Colosseum DLC After Months Of Fans Begging

Could really use some help here.Screenshot: FromSoftwareThe wait is finally over if you’ve been dying for more Elden Ring content. Just days before The Game Awards, where fans have been (and probably should still be) speculating that developer FromSoftware would announce some sort of add-on for the game, the Japanese studio took to Twitter today to confirm that its most popular Soulslike will get some free DLC in the form of Colosseum, a PvP update coming to the game on December 7.The Colosseum Update will let you roam The Lands Between with a friend as you “prove your worth in various duels and battles, together or on your own.” It appears to let you enter a gladiator ring of sorts, in which you can set up bouts with your friends to see who is strong enough to become the true Elden Lord. ...
Science

Elon Musk and Twitter: Is he in over his head?

Twitter may not be the biggest social media platform out there, but it's certainly one of the most influential, because what happens on Twitter doesn't just stay on Twitter. Which might be why the world's richest man, Elon Musk, is such a fan.Musk bought the company for an eye-popping $44 billion, despite the fact that Twitter, which relies on advertising for much of its revenue, has turned a profit in only two of the last ten years.Tech journalist and podcast host Kara Swisher harked back to businessman Victor Kiam advertising Remington electric shavers: "There was an old thing, 'I liked the shaver so, I bought the company.'" Since his takeover, Musk has fired, or accepted resignations from, about two-thirds of Twitter's staff. "He thinks he can...
Kanye West returns to Twitter
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Kanye West returns to Twitter

Rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, returned to Twitter on Sunday, writing "Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked." Twitter confirmed last month that West had been locked out of his account "due to a violation of Twitter's policies,"  While Twitter did not specify which policies West had broken, he posted on Oct. 9 "death [sic] con 3" on Jewish people." In the tweet — which has since been removed — West also wrote, "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also." Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked— ye (@kanyewest) November 20, 2022 West was also restricted by Instagram earlier this month, posting on Parler, the right-leaning social network, that he was  "kicked off Instagram for 30 da...
Yellen sees “no basis” to investigate Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter
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Yellen sees “no basis” to investigate Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter

Bali, Indonesia — In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she sees "no basis" for launching an investigation into Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter. Her comments came days after President Biden said the acquisition was "worth being looked at" on national security grounds.While Musk, the world's richest man, financed most of the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, according to Reuters, $7.1 billion was backed by private equity investors and foreign investors from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which could potentially subject the transaction to a national security review overseen by the treasury secretary.But Yellen said an investigation is unlikely to happen. "Well, I'm not sure precisely what [the president] had in mind...
Elon Musk says he is now working 24/7: “I have too much work on my plate”
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Elon Musk says he is now working 24/7: “I have too much work on my plate”

It's been less than three weeks since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, but the workload already seems to be taking a toll on him. Speaking at Indonesia's B20 conference on Monday, the Tesla CEO said that he is now working 24/7 and has "too much" going on."If I were you, I would jump on a plane and fly to Bali and hide a little or relax. Why don't you do that?" moderator Anindya Bakrie, the CEO and President Director of Bakrie & Brothers, a manufacturing and infrastructure corporation, asked Musk at the conference on Monday. B20 is the "official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community," according to its website, as G20 member nations gather at a summit nearby.Musk laughed, saying "that sounds fantastic, but my workload has recently increased quite a lot."  ...
Twitter brings back “official” label after verified impersonator accounts run wild
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Twitter brings back “official” label after verified impersonator accounts run wild

Twitter on Friday brought back its gray "official" label to verify some accounts, just days after CEO Elon Musk scrapped it. Twitter Support said they've re-added the feature to "combat impersonation." Since the revamped Twitter Blue went live on Wednesday, users are now able to obtain a blue tick as long as they subscribe and pay $8 a month. On the same day of the rollout, the social media company added an official gray marker that would distinguish accounts that were verified. However, several hours into the plan, Twitter removed the gray marker and said it would be "aggressively going after impersonation and deception" in lieu of it.  Here's the platform's account with a gray "official" label.  Jakub Porzycki/N...
Verified Twitter accounts impersonating LeBron James, George W. Bush and others send out fake tweets
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Verified Twitter accounts impersonating LeBron James, George W. Bush and others send out fake tweets

Several Twitter users have already begun exploiting the revamped Twitter Blue by receiving the blue check mark and pretending to be celebrities and politicians. Twitter Blue, which now costs $8 a month, is stirring confusion about which of the platforms' accounts are real.A verified Twitter account that had Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' name and a current profile photo of his family requested a trade, thanked Lakers fans and suggested he was going back to Cleveland. At a quick glance, the tweet looked real, but the handle was @KINGJamez, not the authentic @KingJames one. The tweet was deleted, and the account appears to have lost its verified status.Another Twitter user pretended to be New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and announced he was signing an extension with t...
Gaming

First Ever Kingdom Hearts Fan Elected To US Congress In Florida

Maxwell FrostPhoto: The Washington Post (Getty Images)Amidst a sea of depressing, enraging, mildly promising and other election results tonight, one victory has proven to be truly inspiring. And it took place in Florida.In a state that has voted overwhelmingly in support of goons like Governor Ron DeSantis, Democrat Maxwell Frost won Florida’s 10th Congressional District—based mostly in Orlando—by a landslide, capturing 58.8% of the vote (at time of posting) against his nearest competitor, Republican Calvin Wimbish, on 39.7%.Frost’s victory is notable for a number of reasons. You’ll see him hailed in most reports as the “first member of Generation Z elected to Congress”, since he is just 25 years old, and don’t get me wrong, that’s an incredible achievement. But we’re here because Frost is...