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Here's the latest tech news from the last 24 hours:

🔵 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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