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  • Bird, bird, bird is the word: Lots of Twitter news today, so sit back and take it all in. First, Elon Musk confirms what we basically all knew: he bought Twitter because he thought he would be forced to. darrell has more on that. Also, Ivan writes that the legacy checkmark it has will expire on 4/20… we think. We’ve heard that before, but now some colleagues are watching them go. And in case you missed it, amanda reports that NPR is leaving Twitter and that Twitter, Inc., has a new name.
  • Who’s there?: Truecaller is bringing live caller ID to iPhone for its premium tier subscribers, but there’s a bit of user work involved. jag reunion has more.
  • give me a hit: Music makes everything better, and a new Spotify integration gives Strava users a soundtrack to their activities, reports Aisha.

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