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Twitter has acquired 7-year-old design agency Ueno to help "accelerate the quality and execution of our design and product experiences on Twitter," according to the company's Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis.

The big picture: It's not the first time Twitter has acquired a design agency. The company bought DC-based design agency Nclud in 2012.

  • "As an existing client of Ueno’s, we’ve seen firsthand how innovative and impactful they’ve been to our teams so we’re looking forward to bringing them on and continuing our work together," Davis tweeted.
  • In a memo announcing the deal, Ueno Founder and CEO Haraldur Thorleifsson wrote, "[O]f course I love all our clients but one relationship kept standing out. The work we were doing with Twitter was interesting, it was impactful, it had buy-in from the top and it felt real at a time when the world felt less and less so."

Details: Ueno, a full-service creative design agency, is joining Twitter's design and research teams after having served Twitter as a client previously.

  • Ueno will wind down its agency and finish out existing projects for other clients in the coming weeks before joining Twitter fully.

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Twitter pilots feature allowing users to add context to misleading tweets

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Twitter on Monday announced a new feature, called Birdwatch, aimed at combating misinformation and disinformation with a "community-driven approach" that allows users to add context to tweets they believe are misleading.

How it works: The new feature, which is being piloted in the U.S., "allows people to identify information in tweets they believe is misleading and write notes that provide informative context," Twitter's vice president for product Keith Coleman wrote in a blog post.

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Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

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White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
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Gen Z breaks into VC

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

When Meagan Loyst joined VC firm Lerer Hippeau, less than two years out of Boston College, she was still living with her parents. She had virtually no online brand presence, and the pandemic made it impossible to build a professional network via in-person meetings.

Why it matters: Loyst wasn't alone. Venture firms have accelerated hiring in line with record deal activity, often seeking younger investors who can spot trends that fly below the radar (or intrinsic understanding) of older partners.

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