Happy Wednesday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re looking at today:
Twitter keeps fighting fake accounts
Twitter, which has had a surprising bounce back in terms of its stock price, is now taking measures to make sure new accounts created on the social network are at least somewhat legit: it will now require for the first time a cell phone number or email address to create a new account. It’s an effort to quash bots and fake accounts on the platform, which now has about 336 million active users.
We have scooters, but San Francisco doesn’t
This one might seem familiar. Recode reports that the city of San Francisco is grappling with which dockless electric scooter companies it will allow to provide their services during a blackout period where the scooters are currently outlawed. That will mean that only 1,250 scooters will be on the streets during a six-month pilot period. Meanwhile in Austin, scooters aplenty.
Your cable bill keeps creep, creep, creeping...
This one hits me personally as someone who just reduced his DirecTV bill from about $166 (with only one premium channel!) to $75 by getting rid of receivers and saying goodbye to HBO. Consumer Reports writes that cable bills are steadily increasing due to what it calls “Sneaky” fees that are gradually increased. Those kinds of fees include extra money for DVR services, HD (!) and increased fees for sports and broadcast programming. It feels like there’s never been a better time to cut the cord. (Sorry, cable and satellite companies, but not sorry.)
The LEGO car you know you want
A car made of LEGOs. Behold!
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