As threatened for a while, Twitter began removing the original blue ticks from user profiles, which include the likes of Beyonce, the Pope, and yours truly. If the Pope wants his blue mark back, he will have to pay $8 a month for Twitter Blue. Businesses can receive a gold checkmark without a subscription, while government and multilateral organization accounts can get a gray checkmark. However, when Elon Musk bought Twitter in 2022, he claimed there were too many “corrupt” verified accounts and the legacy system needed to be abandoned. He characterized Blue as a way to democratize check marks. That said, it’s now pay-to-play, and many notable figures, including LeBron James and Chrissy Teigan, have stated (on Twitter ha) that they’re unlikely to pay for Twitter Blue.
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A German tabloid tried to pass off AI chat responses as legitimate quotes. celebrity magazine Die Aktuelle published a cover story in its April 15 issue about an alleged interview with Formula One driver Michael Schumacher; only at the end does he reveal that it was a hoax produced entirely by an AI chatbot. Schumacher, who suffered a severe brain injury on a family ski trip to the French Alps in 2013, has not appeared in public since because his family protects his privacy. Schumacher’s family said ESPN plans to take legal action against the gossip rag.
The rocket did not separate from its propellant.
SpaceX has completed its first fully integrated Starship flight test after months of delays. The combination of Starship and a Super Heavy booster lifted off from SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas, facility at 9:34 a.m. ET after a brief wait, but failed to separate and went down in a bungled maneuver before exploding. Success with the upcoming test is vital given the timing for both SpaceX’s own plans and NASA’s exploration efforts. SpaceX is counting on Starship for lunar tourism and other commercial flights, while NASA’s Artemis Moon landings will begin in December 2025.
Exceeded and oversized.
The Blade 18 is a beast, both physically and spec-wise. It supports the fastest components you can get in a laptop today along with an expansive 18-inch super-fast 240Hz display and excellent build quality. But with the base model starting at $2,900, it’s also extremely expensive. You can get competing laptops like the ASUS M16 with an i9 CPU and an RTX 4090 for $1,000 less than Razer’s latest laptop.
Some movies will not be available for a while.
Disney+ is finally doing more to patch up the Spider-Man-sized hole in its Marvel movie lineup. The streaming service is the first wave of Spidey movies in its US catalog in the coming weeks. The Sam Raimi trilogy and The amazing Spider Man are available from today, while Homecoming and Poison It arrives on May 12.