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Twitter's blue check: Vital verification or status symbol?

Twitter's blue check: Vital verification or status symbol?

The story of Twitter's blue checkmarks — a simple verification system that's come to be viewed as an elite status symbol — began with some high-profile impersonations, just as the site began taking off in 2008 and '09.
Musk: People banned from Twitter won't be restored for weeks

Musk: People banned from Twitter won't be restored for weeks

NEW YORK (AP) — Elon Musk said Wednesday that Twitter will not allow anyone who has been kicked off the site to return until it sets up procedures on how to do that, a process that will take at least a few weeks.
Musk's Twitter takeover creates uncertainty for professionals using platform for good

Musk's Twitter takeover creates uncertainty for professionals using platform for good

TORONTO — Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has professionals considering fleeing the social media network, but some say abandoning the platform could give those who spread misinformation exactly want they want from credible voices: silence.
Musk tests waters on paid verification for Twitter accounts

Musk tests waters on paid verification for Twitter accounts

Billionaire Elon Musk is already floating major changes for Twitter as he begins his first week as owner of the social-media platform .
Cable 2.0: Netflix and other streamers bring back ads after disrupting TV landscape

Cable 2.0: Netflix and other streamers bring back ads after disrupting TV landscape

TORONTO — Canadian Netflix users will see a new membership option starting Tuesday that costs less but comes with a catch: commercial breaks inserted into their favourite shows.
A guide to free, ad-supported streaming services in Canada to trim your monthly bills

A guide to free, ad-supported streaming services in Canada to trim your monthly bills

TORONTO — Keeping track of the growing number of ad-supported video streaming options launching in Canada isn't easy, but it can help trim your monthly bills.
Elon Musk's Twitter takeover should be 'wake-up call' for users: experts

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover should be 'wake-up call' for users: experts

TORONTO — Elon Musk's Twitter takeover should push users to think twice about how much time and trust they put in social media platforms, technology observers say.
Double, double toil and hustle: 'WitchTok' conjures magic business boom

Double, double toil and hustle: 'WitchTok' conjures magic business boom

All you need are a few simple ingredients, and achieving your dreams could be just an incantation away. But in today's economy, even magic comes at a price.
Venture debt in the spotlight amid tech downturn, falling valuations

Venture debt in the spotlight amid tech downturn, falling valuations

TORONTO — When investor exuberance in tech stocks faded as COVID-19 spending habits petered out and recession predictions grew, the head of the Silicon Valley Bank's Canadian arm knew what would keep startups going: venture debt.
Apple raises prices of Apple Music and Apple TV Plus in Canada

Apple raises prices of Apple Music and Apple TV Plus in Canada

TORONTO — Apple Inc. says it's raising the cost of its Apple Music and Apple TV Plus services in Canada.