Author: Star_Master

Financial Times: An overview of Parag Agrawal’s tenure as Twitter’s CEO so far, as he battles declining business performance and plunging morale amid Elon Musk’s takeover bid  —  The tech prodigy’s battles with a mercurial opponent are coming to a head  —  It’s hard to know which part of Parag Agrawal’s job …

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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post: Interview with founders of Character.ai, who say they left Google’s LaMDA project to let users experiment with large language models through the use of chatbots  —  The creators of Google’s LaMDA have launched the chatbot startup Character.ai, which is open for anyone to try

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Steve Haske / Ars Technica: A history of consumer VR since 2012, from the first Oculus developer kit and the 2016 hype cycle to Quest 2, and what mainstream success for VR could look like  —  VR hasn’t taken over the world, but that doesn’t mean it has failed.  —  Six years ago, consumer virtual reality seemed set to be the next major tech breakthrough.

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Victoria Song / The Verge: Google Fitbit Sense 2 review: good stress tracking and nice UI but no Google Assistant or third-party apps, pricey at $300, and can’t be called a smartwatch  —  The fitness tracker has industry-leading stress tracking, but pour one out for the future of Fitbit smartwatches … Its successor, the Sense 2?

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Danny Nelson / CoinDesk: Huobi, a top-10 crypto exchange by trading volume, has agreed to be acquired by Hong Kong-based About Capital; terms of the deal were not disclosed  —  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Crypto exchange Huobi Global, one of the biggest token trading outposts in the Asia markets …

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Casey Ross / STAT: New US federal rules requiring health care organizations to give patients access to their full health records in digital format went into effect on October 6  —  The American Revolution had July 4.  The allies had D-Day.  And now U.S. patients, held down for decades by information hoarders …

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Financial Times: Sources: Chinese online fast fashion retailer Shein has been valued at $65B to $85B in private markets in recent months, down from $100B+ in April 2022  —  Fast-fashion retailer popular with Gen-Z shoppers has been valued at $65bn-$85bn in private markets  —  Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein …

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Cameron Thompson / CoinDesk: DappRadar: the largest number of DAUs on Decentraland was 675 and on The Sandbox was ~4,503; Messari: Decentraland and The Sandbox have market caps of ~$1.3B  —  While metaverse platforms Decentraland and The Sandbox both have below 1,000 daily active users, they each have over $1 billion in valuation.

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Wataru Suzuki / Nikkei Asia: SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 made just one investment in August 2022 and one in September 2022, according to CB Insights, as Masayoshi Son rethinks his strategy  —  The Vision Fund revolutionized startup investing.  So why is Masayoshi Son rethinking his strategy?

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: A look at Ukraine’s efforts to block crypto donations to Russia’s military and paramilitary groups, who researchers say have received $4M+ since the invasion  —  Blockchain investigators have uncovered at least $4 million—and counting—in cryptocurrency donations to Russia’s violent militia groups.

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