Here are ten headlines that caught our eye this week:

  • Following Twitter's lead, Instagram and Facebook are introducing paid-for verification to "improve security and authenticity," via the BBC.
  • Instagram will launch a public, one-to-many message feature called "Channels" for creators to better engage with followers, via TechCrunch.
  • Spotify announced plans to introduce a vertical-feed feature similar to TikTok's on its homepage in an effort to attract more gen Z listeners, via Bloomberg.
  • Climate change is making tampons (and other things) more expensive, via The New York Times.
  • Microsoft's Bing announces plans for AI advertisements, via Reuters.
  • Barnes & Noble announced a new $40 annual membership program to compete with Amazon, via the Wall Street Journal.
  • Helsinki, the capital of Finland and host to Netflix's internal gaming studio, is becoming the mobile gaming capital of the world, via the BBC.
  • The cannabis industry anticipates over 63,000 jobs in New York by 2025, via The New York Times.
  • Indian tech firm SoftGrid is forcing its staff to go home on time everyday, via the BBC.
  • Target is betting on e-commerce with a $100 million investment in delivery services, via CNBC.

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