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Medium says it will revoke Partner Program enrollment from writers who publish AI-generated stories, even with disclosure, and other…

Buster Benson / The Medium Blog: Medium says it will revoke Partner Program enrollment from writers who publish AI-generated stories, even with disclosure, and other low-quality content — Protecting Medium's mission and authentic writers means doing more to protect quality — We know you've seen it: spammy comments that say nothing of value. Buster Benson / The Medium Blog: Medium says it will revoke Partner Program enrollment from writers who publish AI-generated stories, even…

Free Therapy by Rebecca Ivory review – delicious reveals and rug pulls in stories of aimless women | Short stories

The latest Sally Rooney-endorsed Irish writer makes a book-length debut with a short story collection that captures the experience of being a young woman today with a clear eye and a listless sigh. Crap jobs and a desire not to go to them, crap men and the desire still to go to them, and worse-than-crap housing are common themes in these airless stories of aimless women.The title isn’t just cute: it’s no surprise when Rebecca Ivory thanks her therapists in her acknowledgment. She is excellent at revealing how our…

40 Stories About People Not Being Smart At All

I think it was sophomore year of high school when a friend outted himself as a Kevin. He seemed like a normal guy until one day... Some of us were talking about the walk home from school. Kevin said he hated his walk home because it took him almost an hour. I'd been to his house before and it was only a few blocks from the school, so I asked why it took so long. Kevin explains that because of all the one-way streets, the walk to school is pretty quick, but to get home, he has to take a different, much longer route.…

‘Tales From Your Server’: 31 Shocking Stories From The Food Service Industry

Table tried to dine and dash but I came out and did their birthday shout out right in time. My manager was a server on the floor tonight and had a large group that swallowed two of our tables. They brought their OWN cake and OWN ice cream and we kept it cool for them in our fridge. They sent her to retrieve it and she does. I grabbed our saddle and dragged it over and they were suddenly ALL standing up some people had left. It was definitely sus as s**t but whatevs. Doesn't matter. The show must go on, of course…

New-age consumer brands pulling in funds, tech no bar; and other top stories this week

Hi, this is Digbijay Mishra in Bengaluru. At the peak of the funding winter last year, an investor told me that the pace of investment deals will continue to be slow, but the nature of companies grabbing new cash will be different. The next obvious question was: what kind of companies? Consumer brands, the person said.Cut to March 2024, and the trend is now well established among tech-first venture capital funds increasingly backing brands selling products and services to a wide range of consumers. Sure, they're new-age…

Barcelona by Mary Costello review – haunting tales of what can’t be said | Short stories

There’s a moment in the title story of this beautiful, quietly shattering collection when the protagonist recalls being with an ex-boyfriend: “She almost wished to return to those times, to the fidelity of being she had felt then, the streaming across into each other, the mornings spent in bed when a thought that might have been his became hers.” This luminous image of union is in sharp contrast with the lonely disconnection not only of the protagonist’s current relationship, but of all relationships in this…

Stuntwomen review – real all-action movie-set heroes tell their bruising stories | Documentary films

Travelling to film sets in France and the US, Elena Avdija’s revelatory documentary follows Virginie, Petra and Estelle, female stunt professionals who are at different stages of their career: fearless in their commitment to their craft, they brave countless battles both on and off screen. There’s a feel of the spaghetti western to how their names are introduced in big, splattery red letters while a guitar riff reverberates through the frame. They are, indeed, fierce riders in an industry still dominated by men.The…

Instagram Adds a New Lock Screen Widget to Help Post Stories Faster on iPhone

Instagram, the social media platform, recently added a new feature to its iOS app that will make clicking and posting Stories faster than before. The app now comes with a new lock screen widget that will directly open the Story Camera and allow users to click a picture or shoot a video and post it as a Story. Instagram is reportedly working on multiple new features. An earlier report highlighted that the company is bringing a Friend Map feature, which could be similar to how Snap Map functions.The new widget was added…

Tales From the Void Brings Reddit’s Scariest Stories to TV Life

Like Twitter or Tiktok, Reddit is a platform built on (often fake) stories—some funny, some sad, and some scary as hell. And with anything up for grabs to turn into a TV show or movie, the scariest (and most viral) of Reddit’s horror tales are being adapted for the small screen with the upcoming series Tales From the Void. Twitter Is Shifting Right | Future TechPer Variety, streaming service Screambox will air the six-episode show later this year. Premise-wise, it’s an anthology series in the vein of the old Goosebumps TV…

Winning the subscription battle, several features at a time; and other top stories this week

Hi, this is Pratik in Bengaluru along with my colleague Pranav in New Delhi.If the first battle in the quick-commerce and food-delivery wars was fought on who can deliver faster, the next one is playing out on who offers more attractive subscription features.On Thursday, Zepto launched ‘Zepto Pass’, its own membership programme, which will offer special discounts and free deliveries to its members for both its grocery and food-delivery businesses. It has started with an attractive and heavily discounted price of Rs 19 to…