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The earth stood still Tuesday when Michael Kay, the TV voice of the Yankees and featured Gasbag on the ESPN-98.7 afternoon-drive show that bears his name, said he would “now not interact” with anyone on Twitter.

As best we can figure, Kay’s decision came after he received some rough treatment on the hit-and-hide platform after the Yankees limped out of Boston last Sunday. In addition to whatever personal venom was directed at him, Kay said his critics either misunderstood his Yankees’ takes or knew nothing about baseball.

The only thing missing from this scene were regal trumpeters to blow in the pomposity and hot air that was about to follow.

“I will now not interact with anyone on Twitter,” Kay proclaimed.

Remarkably, his on-air communique had a Sports Pope-ian feel to it.

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Kay NEVER said he would miss engaging in Twitter battles with the louts, with “Cheeto-dust on their fingers,” who dare confront him with their primitive skills. Yet he warned it would be the unwashed masses critical of him who would ultimately regret his decision.

“You robbed yourself of the chance of dealing with [my] brilliance,” Kay, (with his cohorts — Don La Greca and Pete Rosenberg — apparently still listening), bloviated.  “….It’s like you had a front row seat with Albert Einstein. Now, you’ve cut yourself off.”

Michael Kay says he is going to stop engaging with folks on Twitter.

Michael Kay says he is going to stop engaging with folks on Twitter. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

While Einstein, er, Kay’s chronic case of thin-skinitis no doubt played into his decision here, it’s a not a bad one — especially if he sticks to it. Like him, love him or loath him, Kay is one of the busiest voices in the business. He does a pretty good job of keeping it fresh but it can’t be easy.

On a daily basis, he does a 4 1/2 hour radio show. During the baseball season he backs that up with at least three hours in YES’ Yankees booth. Over the course of seven hours on the air, Kay is paid by YES and ESPN to fill the hours with original opinion, insight and play-by-play. So, when he’s engaging on Twitter, which as far as we know is not paying him, he’s producing opinions and creating debate for that platform too.

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Get it? It’s nearly impossible to generate that much fresh stuff. So, why waste it on the alleged “Cheeto-dust” crowd? Kay advised his detractors to call him on his ESPN-98.7 show if they have a beef. Good idea. Maybe some contentious calls, instead of the usual Admiration Society chatter, will help juice Kay’s radio ratings.

That’s what really counts, right?

SIGN OF PROGRESS FOR JETS/GIANTS

For the past few years, the NFL’s Schedule Gnomes, recognizing ineptness when they see it, have regularly had the Jets and Giants playing at the same time, clearing the New York market for a more attractive/ratings friendly game.

Not so this season. At least in the first half. The Gnomes must see the fortunes of both teams changing.

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The Giants and Jets will not play at the same time on Sunday in eight of the first ten weeks of 2021. Sprinkled in those first 10 weeks are some national TV appearances for both teams. Both squads will play their “Thursday Night Football” games on Fox during the first half of the season (Giants vs. Washington Sept. 16, Jets vs. Indy Nov. 4). The Giants have a “Monday Night Football” appearance on ESPN (vs. Kansas City) mixed in, while the Jets go to London (vs. Atlanta) for an NFL Network Sunday morning special.

During the first 10 games, both teams will have the opportunity to prove, especially to front-running fans looking for a band wagon to jump on, they are on a track to become legit contenders who are emerging from their respective funks.

To be a dedicated viewer of NBC’s Summer Olympics “experience” a boot camp should have been mandatory to figure out where the telecasts are airing and how to negotiate the Comcast-owned network’s Peacock streaming service.

From a biz perspective, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Outside of the moving Simone Biles reality show, the biggest story concerns those complaining about Peacock. And how NBC enticed eyeballs to it with exclusive event programming like men’s hoops. Peacock was a blip on the streaming radar before it became an Olympic target.

Sorry, but we spaced out on the Olympics many moons ago once it was firmly established that it was nothing more than a perpetual money grab for the IOC and —mostly — NBC. That’s no grand revelation. NBC’s coverage is the same as it ever was: Comprehensive but bland.

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Maria Taylor can’t even save it.

ESPN has a history of posting unusual/superfluous graphics during telecasts. The network does it with so much regularity it blends into the coverage. The NBA Draft Thursday night was no exception.

ESPN’s NBA Draft production team displayed a graphic listing Kyrie Irving as being one of the NBA’s first round draft picks who is an Australian export. Not quite. It’s not like Irving is a product of Aussie hoops.

Irving spent the first two years of his life down under while his father, Drederick, played hoops there.

This was like calling Michael Jordan a New Yorker since he was born in Brooklyn.

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Give Marc Kestecher, hosting the NBA Draft on ESPN Radio, credit for not only sticking to format but showing respect to every draftee that came to the set to be interviewed after doing their TV spot. Before every radio interview began, Kesty told each draftee: “You’re with Marc Kestecher, P.J. Carlesimo, Ramona Shelburne and Seth Greenberg.” Don’t know how many times he did it throughout the marathon radiocast but Kestecher never forgot to give proper intros. … Feeling sorry for Maggie Gray, and offer our condolences, that during Marc Malusis’ vacation next week she will spend a day on WFAN working with Kevin Durant “pal” Michael Rapaport. … On his recent stint (Pirates series) on SNY Gary Thorne got off a few good lines. Remember, he was working remotely from the Citi Field broadcast booth. Thorne began waxing poetic about the Pirates ballpark. “The only problem,” Thorne said, “is the broadcast booth is in another state.” … Does ESPN have a financial stake in Madden 22?  On “SportsCenter” the AnchorHeads treat it like a news story. They even tease it while going to commercial. Disgraceful!

DUDE OF THE WEEK: NAOMI OSAKA

As accomplished as she is on the tennis court, Osaka’s willingness to continue sharing her personal challenges and struggles has been an inspiration to others who can relate. It also underscores a selfless and thoughtful individual who shines in the spotlight on and off the court.

DWEEB OF THE WEEK: PACKER HATERS

The non-stop barrage of verbal grenades being lobbed at the Green Bay organization is misplaced. The Aaron Rodgers saga has been a media gift and the honesty displayed by both the QB and GM Brian Gutekunst last week is refreshing and unprecedented.

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What Joe Judge said: “The cussing part? I mean look, I’ve got some colorful language.”

What Joe Judge meant to say: “[Expletive deleted] Kelvin Benjamin. Who the [expletive deleted] does he think he is?

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Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’

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Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.

If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.

Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.

For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021

But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.

A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.

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Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021

Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021

Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.

In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”

Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.

Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.

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The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”

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Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures

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Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.

Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.

It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.

Their concerns were quickly validated, with anti-extremism researcher Kristofer Goldsmith tweeting a screenshot of a far-right call-to-action circulating on Telegram: “Due to the new privacy policy at Twitter, things now unexpectedly work more in our favor.”

“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.

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Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.

Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.

“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.

In announcing the privacy policy on Tuesday, Twitter noted that “sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm.”

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But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”

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By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”

“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.

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Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream

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At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”

On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.

Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.

Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.

The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.

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Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.

The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.

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The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.

Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.

In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.

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Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.

Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.

But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.

“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.

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