Business Insider: Investors pull almost $140 million from the company planning to merge with Donald Trump’s Truth Social

Business Insider: Investors pull almost $140 million from the company planning to merge with Donald Trump’s Truth Social. “‘Blank-check’ company Digital World Acquisition said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday that some backers were pulling a total of $139 million they had planned to put into the deal. Digital World had previously announced funding commitments of $1 billion. The investors who signed up for the deal about a year ago were able to back out if it was not completed by September 20.”

TechCrunch: Twitter allows more researchers to access platform data

TechCrunch: Twitter allows more researchers to access platform data. “Earlier this year, Twitter launched the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium (TMRC), a group of experts from across academia, civil society, nongovernmental organizations and journalism dedicated to studying Twitter’s platform governance issues. Previously, membership in the TMRC was limited to select trusted partners, but Twitter today began offering all researchers the chance to apply.”

Variety: CIA Launches First Podcast, ‘The Langley Files,’ Which Reveals That Working at the Agency Is More Boring Than Hollywood Makes It Seem

Variety: CIA Launches First Podcast, ‘The Langley Files,’ Which Reveals That Working at the Agency Is More Boring Than Hollywood Makes It Seem. “It seems like everyone is launching a podcast these days — and now comes the Central Intelligence Agency. But don’t expect any major revelations from CIA’s ‘The Langley Files,’ which is really a PR-outreach initiative to burnish the agency’s image as well as dispel notions that it’s a glamorous line of work as often portrayed in pop culture.”

Ars Technica: After pushing AV1 codec, Google goes after Dolby with HDR and audio standards

Ars Technica: After pushing AV1 codec, Google goes after Dolby with HDR and audio standards. “Google can do basically whatever it wants regarding video and web standards. YouTube is the world’s most popular video site. Chrome is the world’s most popular browser. Android is the world’s most popular operating system. Anything Google wants to roll out can immediately have a sizable user base of clients, servers, and content. From there, it’s just a matter of getting a few partners to tag along.”

9to5 Google: YouTube says it has ‘concluded’ a test that saw as many as 10 unskippable ads in one break [U]

9to5 Google: YouTube says it has ‘concluded’ a test that saw as many as 10 unskippable ads in one break [U]. “Ad breaks on YouTube videos typically appear before a video begins as well as during that video if the creator allows it. Generally, these breaks can last as little as a few seconds or go as long as a few minutes, but longer ads usually come with the option to skip that ad after a set period. Over the past month or two, some YouTube viewers have noted that advertisements on the platform have been expanding greatly in length and quantity, especially in unskippable formats.”

TechCrunch: Google rolls out a new set of search tools for eco-conscious travelers

TechCrunch: Google rolls out a new set of search tools for eco-conscious travelers. “In recent months, Google has been steadily adding new tools to help consumers choose more sustainable options when using its services like Google Maps, Google Flights and hotel search. On Tuesday, the company announced it’s expanding these efforts with the addition of a handful of new features that allow travelers to better filter their searches to make sustainable choices when booking flights or hotels as well as improved options for trains.”

CNET: Facebook Parent Meta, Google to Cut Costs and Staff, Report Says

CNET: Facebook Parent Meta, Google to Cut Costs and Staff, Report Says. “Facebook parent company Meta and Alphabet’s Google are reportedly cutting staff as the tech giants look to slash costs amid slowing growth. Citing people familiar with these decisions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Meta is looking to slash its costs by at least 10% within the next few months.”

CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down

CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down. “Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had worked on self-driving cars and other experimental projects at Google, to create electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The company unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun said he envisioned a time when people would be able to hail flying cars through an app like Lyft or Uber.”