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🔵 Bluesky's unexpected traffic influx from Twitter users
🎮 Valve's stringent measures against AI-generated assets in games
🌐 Meta's Twitter competitor briefly showed up on Google Play
🚗 Tesla's sales boom fueled by tax incentives
📈 Ibai's unprecedented Twitch viewer record during boxing event
🔵 Bluesky's unexpected traffic influx from Twitter usersLINK
Bluesky, a decentralized social network similar to Twitter, is temporarily pausing new signups due to performance issues caused by Twitter's tweet viewing limits.
Bluesky's platform is currently experiencing degraded performance, with slow loading times, and is dealing with record-high traffic.
Twitter's blocking of unregistered users and new tweet viewing limits have led to increased user activity on alternative platforms like Bluesky and Mastodon.
🎮 Valve's stringent measures against AI-generated assets in gamesLINK
Valve, the owner of Steam, is reportedly blocking games that use AI-generated art assets from being sold on its platform.
An anonymous developer shared their experience of having their game rejected by Steam due to the presence of AI-generated assets that may infringe on third-party copyrights.
Valve's stance on AI-generated assets remains unclear, but they may be avoiding potential copyright infringement issues by not allowing games with such assets on their platform.
🌐 Meta's Twitter competitor briefly showed up on Google PlayLINK
A Twitter clone called Thread, developed by Meta, was briefly released on the Google Play store but has since been removed.
Screenshots shared by developer Alessandro Paluzzi show that Thread resembles Twitter in terms of its UI elements, including login with Instagram accounts, a list of followed accounts, and features like liking, reposting, and replying to posts.
The app, previously known as "Project 92," has been in development at Meta since January, and its potential release has sparked a playful challenge between Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
🚗 Tesla's sales boom fueled by tax incentivesLINK
Tesla's sales in the second quarter increased by 10 percent, benefiting from government incentives and price cuts that made its electric cars more affordable than gasoline models.
The company delivered 466,000 vehicles in the quarter, marking an 83 percent increase compared to the same period last year, as production expanded at new factories.
Tesla's sales exceeded Wall Street analysts' estimates and were aided by federal tax credits that allowed buyers to purchase the least expensive Model 3 sedan at a price lower than comparable gasoline luxury sedans.
📈 Ibai's unprecedented Twitch viewer record during boxing eventLINK
Spanish megastreamer Ibai Llanos broke the world record for concurrent viewers on Twitch, attracting 3.4 million spectators during his streamer vs. streamer boxing event.
Llanos held the event, La Velada del Año III, in Madrid with an audience of nearly 70,000 people at the stadium, featuring fights between Twitch streamers and Spanish pop stars.
Despite Twitch experiencing an outage during the event, Llanos surpassed his own previous record and showcased the influence of the Spanish-speaking community on the platform.
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