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Apple Threating to Pull Twitter from App Store

It has finally happened, Chief Twit has pissed off Apple Inc. 144,22 -3,89 -2,63% (though we are not sure exactly what he did)! Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022 Elon Musk has taken aim at Apple’s App Store policies amid claims that the company has “threatened to withhold” Twitter from its store. According to Musk, Apple “won’t tell us why” it has an issues with Twitter, but the threats have In subsequent tweets, Musk railed against Apple’s 30 percent “tax” on in-app purchases,…

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Cyber Monday Twitter Update

Today is Cyber Monday. If you need a break from searching for those last minute deals…here’s some Twitter news from the past few days: Elon Musk is gloating “Twitter new user signups at an ‘all-time high’”. A month after completing his takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk says new user signups are at an “all-time high.” On Saturday evening, the billionaire shared a slide deck that details the current state of Twitter and his vision for the platform. As of November 16th, Twitter was adding more than 2 million new users per day over the last seven days, according to one of the graphs Musk…

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Fake Android File Manager Apps Removed from Google Play

Once again scammers are getting creative in findings way to get their fake and malicious apps on Google Play. Unsuspecting users install said apps with false sense of security since the apps is offered on Google Play it must be safe (which in most case is true). In the past, most of these malicious apps were more of an annoyance serving adware and performing (ad) click fraud. However, these new fake Android ‘File Manager’ apps are a lot more serious and dangerous. These apps are “clean” when they are uploaded to Google Play, but once install will later ‘phone home’…

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Twitter is Hiring!

Yep, you’ve read that right Twitter has announced they are hiring for sales (which came the same day they laid off employees from same department) and engineering. This announcement also backs my theory the reason the new Twitter Blue re-release is on hold is not (at least entirely) to ensure the verification issues have been resolved, but rather Twitter doe not have the needed staff to accomplish this (and all the new features Musk wants to add). Twitter won’t be firing and laying off more people, Elon Musk reportedly told the staff members who remained after asking employees to commit to…

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New Twitter Blue on Hold

Elon Musk had planned on relaunching the new Twitter Blue on November 29th, however now it appears it is going to be a while still. Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping impersonation. Will probably use different color check for organizations than individuals. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022 Seems odd given they just had added a 90-day waiting period for new Twitter accounts to be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue. I really wondering if it is more because he doesn’t have the staff left anymore (and does not want to admit…

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Facebook Removing Some Profile Fields

I really haven’t used Facebook, Inc. 196,64 +0,99 +0,51% for personal use (other than for marketing of the blogs) for many, many years. There was a few months in late 2019 early 2020 I did resume using Facebook to keep family, friends (and my former co-workers) informed about a close family member’s battle with terminal illness. Shortly after their passing, I once again distanced myself from Facebook. I had used Facebook in the past to connect to friends I left behind in 1993 when I relocated to Arizona as well as co-workers from former jobs and even people from the…

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More Twitter Layoffs Coming

Yes, Musk wants to get rid of more employees. Seems laying off 50% of the base (around 3750 employees) at beginning of this month, then incentivizing 1200+ more to quit last week who rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum plus firing employees who disagrees with him were not enough. Twitter may cut more of its shrinking workforce as early as Monday. According to Bloomberg, Elon Musk is considering new layoffs that would target the company’s sales and partnerships teams. The scale of the potential cuts is unclear but come after a large number of employees rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum. On Friday, Musk…

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Was The Twitter 2.0 ‘Ultimatum’ all part of Musk’s Plans?

Shortly after Musk bought Twitter, he had talked about gutting 75% of the Twitter workforce. The number later became closer to 50% of the total 7500 employees. However, many of those who survived the initial wave of lay-offs at the beginning of this month later quit (including several key executives). To add more fuel to the fire Musk announced an out-right ban on remote work (with a few exceptions). It is not certain how many more employees quit when he announced the new policy. Then there is the Twitter 2.0 Ultimatum email Musk sent out Tuesday night/Wednesday morning of this…

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FCC Requiring ISPs to Display Labels for Speed and Pricing

When it comes to Broadband service, the price you see on a provider’s site is NOT the price you are going to pay. Add in equipment rental, surcharges, fees, taxes, etc. and you are looking at another $10-$20 a month above the listed price. Furthermore, that price may be an introductory rate and then goes way up when the period ends (been there with my ISP). What about speed? Do they throttle your speed (or worse charge a fee) if you exceed your maximum allotted monthly bandwidth? The FCC want to make Broadband speed and pricing more transparent. As part…

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90-day Waiting Period for Twitter Blue

As expected to cut down on fake verified accounts and scammers/spammers from impersonating verified accounts, Twitter has announced a 90-day waiting period for new Twitter accounts before they can subscribe to Twitter Blue. Twitter has published a policy change saying that newly-created Twitter accounts will have to wait 90 days before being allowed to subscribe to the new Twitter Blue plan and get verified. This is likely to avoid impersonation and spam from verified accounts. “Newly created Twitter accounts will not be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue for 90 days. We may also impose waiting periods for new accounts in…

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