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Past articles by Alex:

The chaos at Unity

One of the gaming industry’s most important players is feeling the heat after a controversial business change. Plus: layoff fears inside Epic Games, and US versus Google kicks off. → Read More

TikTok’s head of US trust and safety is leaving

Eric Han, TikTok’s head of US trust and safety and a key leader for the company’s USDS proposal to avoid a ban by the US government, is leaving this month, according to an internal company memo. → Read More

Meta is laying off 10,000 more employees in a series of cuts

Facebook’s parent company is cutting even more jobs. → Read More

Snapchat is releasing its own AI chatbot powered by ChatGPT

The My AI bot uses OpenAI technology and will initially only be available to paying Snapchat Plus subscribers. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says it’s just the beginning for the company’s generative AI plans. → Read More

Elon Musk keeps laying off Twitter employees after saying cuts were done

The latest cuts come as Elon Musk has given the directive to make Twitter ads work like Google search ads, focusing on user’s keyword searches rather than their activity and profile data. → Read More

Meta found a leaker who shared details about its unannounced VR headsets with a YouTuber

Meta told employees that a leak investigation had uncovered the source behind details of its unannounced Quest 3 headset shared with a YouTuber named Brad Lynch. → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg says Meta is making this the ‘year of efficiency’

During Meta’s fourth quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was focused on “flattening” the organization and cutting back on projects. Investors liked what they heard. → Read More

Who should be the next CEO of Twitter?

Elon Musk said he will find another CEO “foolish enough to take the job.” → Read More

Elon Musk starts banning critical journalists from Twitter

Twitter banned several journalists for talking about an account that let you track Elon Musk’s jet. Since then, Musk has been trying to justify the decision, and running polls about it. → Read More

Twitter is making DMs encrypted and adding video, voice chat, per Elon Musk

During a meeting with Twitter employees, CEO Elon Musk said the goal is to make it so that, “I can’t look at anyone’s DMs [direct messages] if somebody has put a gun to my head.” → Read More

Elon Musk says Twitter is done with layoffs and now hiring

Elon Musk told Twitter employees that the company wants to hire more engineers. → Read More

Elon Musk’s new email pushes Twitter managers to do his dirty work

Approving remote work puts managers on the chopping block. → Read More

Twitter loses execs leading trust and safety, ad sales

Twitter trust and safety lead Yoel Roth, and head of ad sales Robin Wheeler are leaving the company, the latest in a recent wave of departures that have followed Elon Musk acquiring the company. → Read More

Twitter tells advertisers that user growth is at ‘all-time highs’ under Elon Musk

In a message to concerned advertisers, Twitter said that its monetizable daily user growth hit “all-time highs” during Elon Musk’s first week as its new owner. → Read More

Elon Musk’s Twitter layoffs are starting

Twitter told employees that the company will begin layoffs on Friday, November 4th, per an internal memo. New owner Elon Musk is expected to cut roughly half of Twitter’s 7,500 or so employees. → Read More

Elon Musk might resurrect Vine

Elon Musk is having employees at Twitter look into how much work it would be to resurrect Vine. It’s far from a sure thing that the six-second looping video platform will be brought back, but here’s hoping. → Read More

Twitter is planning to start charging $20 per month for verification

“The whole verification process is being revamped right now,” Musk tweeted. → Read More

People are pretending to be laid off Twitter employees carrying boxes outside of HQ

On the day Elon Musk took over Twitter, people pretending to be laid off Twitter employees carrying boxes, including one named “Rahul Ligma,” fooled the media. → Read More

Twitter’s employees await their fate under Elon Musk

With Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter set to close on Friday, Twitter employees are waiting for Musk to address them as their new leader on Friday, though an employee all-hands with Musk has yet to be scheduled. → Read More

Zuckerberg is all in on the metaverse whether you like it or not

“Look, I get that a lot of people might disagree with this investment, but from what I can tell, I think this is going to be a very important thing,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call. → Read More