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- Bird, bird, bird is the word: Lots of Twitter news today, so sit back and take it all in. First, Elon Musk confirms what we all knew: he bought Twitter because he thought he would be forced to. Darrell has more on that. Also, Ivan writes that the obsolete check you have will expire on 4/20…we think. We’ve heard that before, but now some colleagues are seeing them go. And if you missed it, Amanda reports that NPR is leaving Twitter and that Twitter, Inc. has a new name.
- Who is there?: Truecaller is bringing live caller ID to the iPhone for its premium-level subscribers, but there’s some work to be done on the user’s side. Jagmeet has more.
- Give me a hit: Music makes everything better, and a new integration with Spotify gives Strava users a soundtrack to their activities, reports Aisha.
Startups and VC
The early days of the pandemic proved to be a huge boon to the home fitness crowd. Gyms closed indefinitely, and even when they reopened, many members seriously questioned whether the model would continue to fit their lives in the future. One of the companies that saw early profits and a lot of turbulence after that was Tonal. Brian reports that the company just raised $130 million in new funding and found a new CEO.
“On closer examination, we noticed that the way the process was described [in the TechCrunch article] could potentially be seen as bank fraud. As a result, our litigation partner has ended our relationship,” a Smoakland spokesperson said in an email Hey. oops.
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Big Tech Inc.
Are we the only ones who assume you all have at least two LinkedIn notifications to connect with someone who doesn’t know how to add a photo to their profile? Or, of course, they may hide their identity for other reasons. Either way, you probably want to keep it strictly business on LinkedIn. Good, Aisha writes that LinkedIn has rolled out a free feature to verify your identity and work so you can see if it’s the real person. Whether or not you want to provide a government-issued ID and phone number to a social media site is up to you.
In the meantime, Kyle tells you all about Databricks’ new open source model that has a super nice name, but also some flaws.
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