• Meta Offers New Verified Service for Facebook and Instagram Users. The parent company of Facebook and Instagram is introducing a new service called Meta Verified, allowing users to verify their identities with a blue checkmark, similar to Twitter. The move comes as the company seeks to diversify away from ad revenue.*  The service will cost $11.99 per month, and users can join public figures, celebrities, and other verified users in using the feature.
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  • Venture Fundraising Drops to Lowest Level in Nine Years. Venture capital firms raised $20.6 billion in new funds in the fourth quarter, representing a 65% drop* compared to the same period in the previous year. This amount also marks the lowest fourth-quarter fundraising level since 2013. Additionally, fundraising volumes decreased for the first time from the third to the fourth quarter since 2009.

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