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Triller settles lawsuit with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz

Last month, Grammy-winning artists Timbaland and Swizz Beatz sued TikTok competitor Triller for $28 million. Triller acquired their livestream event series Verzuz last year, but the two musicians alle

How Blaseball’s fantasy sports fever dream is embracing the future

A star pitcher is resurrected from the Hall of Flame. A Hellmouth swallows the state of Utah. Crows descend on Tastykake Stadium, pecking slugger Jessica Telephone out of a peanut shell. This is Blase

NyQuil chicken isn’t actually a TikTok trend

It’s about time that we learn the difference between what’s a viral trend and what’s just one person posting a meme that goes viral. For the sake of humanity, let’s count our l

Block Party, a tool to combat online harassment, raises a $4.8M seed

If you’ve experienced any form of harassment on Twitter in the last couple of years, then you’ve probably heard of Block Party. And if you haven’t, lucky you! Developed by software e

YouTube targets TikTok with revenue sharing for Shorts, Partner Program expansion

No short-form video platform has quite figured out how to share ad revenue yet, making it difficult for creators on apps like TikTok to make a living from their content alone. But today, YouTube annou

Antimatter brings shitposting to the classroom

“To be able to shitpost, you have to understand the subject matter really well,” Antimatter founder Jonathan Libov deadpans. “In a sense, shitposting is the highest form of conscious

BeReal reportedly considers paid features in lieu of advertisements

The viral photo-sharing app BeReal has accomplished something incredible, quickly racking up 15 million users in a super saturated social market. It’s so popular that Instagram, TikTok and Snapc

YouTube Shorts could steal TikTok’s thunder with a better deal for creators

The biggest open secret in short-form video has nothing to do with the algorithm. The secret is that you can’t get rich on TikTok, because even the most viral creators earn a negligible portion of t

Tencent lays off nearly all of staff at its gaming site Fanbyte

The first rule of conducting layoffs is to not be a jerk about it. The second rule is to make sure the social media manager you just laid off doesn’t still have access to your accounts. Today, T

Splatoon is the video game version of those ASMR-like ‘oddly satisfying’ videos

Splatoon is a simple game: You’re a squid- or octopus-like humanoid in a post-apocalyptic world, and all you wanna do is shoot people with colorful ink and buy cute outfits. I had never played a

Zoom is down in a major outage

Update, 11:57 AM ET: Zoom’s status page says that all systems are now operational again. If you had a meeting you really didn’t want to attend this morning, it’s your lucky day. Zoom

TikTok just launched a BeReal clone called TikTok Now

TikTok launched a new feature today that is basically just a copy of BeReal, the buzzy French social app that’s been steadily gaining popularity. BeReal invites users to take a front and back ca

TikTok competitor YouTube Shorts is integrating more closely with YouTube Music

Music is a powerful force in the short-form video sphere — so powerful that it can resurrect a 37-year-old Kate Bush song. Today, YouTube Shorts announced that it will integrate songs you’

How to turn whatever app you want into a Lock Screen widget on iOS 16

For those of us who love customization, the Lock Screen widgets feature on iOS 16 is super exciting. But it’s on developers to engineer their very own app widgets, and with iOS 16 only out for a

Northeastern University VR lab targeted in explosive mail attack

A staff member at Northeastern University’s Holmes Hall was injured after opening an explosive package, the Boston Police Department reports. Holmes Hall is home to the university’s virtua

Canva moves beyond graphic design to launch a visual worksuite

Canva is further establishing itself as more than just a user-friendly graphic design tool. The Australian company announced at its Canva Create event that it will unveil a suite of new products to ro

Patreon lays off 17% of staff, affecting 80 employees

The creator subscription company Patreon is the latest company to be affected by a long line of tech layoffs. CEO Jack Conte wrote in a letter to staff — cross-posted to Patreon’s blog &#8

4 views on unpaid venture internships

The unpaid element kicked off commentary on the ethics of unpaid work more generally, an issue that felt all the more glaring in an investment group able to raise millions in external capital.

Nintendo announces new Zelda, Fire Emblem and Pikmin games

This morning’s Nintendo Direct was full of upcoming game announcements, but one in particular stood out to fans: the long-awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to t

Meta announces Discord-like ‘Community Chats’ on Messenger

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning that “Community Chats” are coming to Messenger and Facebook Groups. The feature allows large Messenger groups to organize chats into categor
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