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SpaceX executive defends Elon Musk against misconduct accusations.

New York Times
A top executive at the rocket maker SpaceX said she “personally” believed that sexual harassment accusations against Elon Musk, the company’s founder and chief executive, were false, according to a companywide email, which was obtained by The New York Times. In the email, which was sent Friday, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s......

Snap warns it will miss earnings goals because of economic challenges.

New York Times
Snap, the maker of the messaging app Snapchat, said on Monday that it expected to miss its quarterly financial goals as it dealt with toughening economic conditions. Evan Spiegel, Snap’s chief executive, said in an email to employees that the company was likely to miss its targets for revenue and......

Google Maps Workers Say They Can’t Afford the Trip Back to the Office

New York Times
Google Maps contract employees who are required to return to their office in Washington State recently circulated a petition to keep working from home since some cannot afford their commutes, presenting another challenge to Google’s plan to refill offices and restore campus life. The issue affects more than 200 workers......

Workers at an Activision studio vote to unionize, a first for the gaming industry.

New York Times
A group of workers at a video game studio that is part of Activision Blizzard has voted to form a union, a first for a major North American video game company. The vote, which passed 19 to 3, affects 28 quality-assurance employees at Raven Software, the Wisconsin studio that helps......

Meta to give researchers more information on political ad targeting.

New York Times
Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said that it planned to give outside researchers more detailed information on how political ads are targeted across its platform, providing insight into the ways that politicians, campaign operatives and political strategists buy and use ads ahead of the midterm elections. Starting on Monday,......

Russian-Speaking Technologists Rebuild Their Lives in a San Francisco Home

New York Times
He soon founded a nonprofit social network for entrepreneurs called Mesto — the Russian word for place — hoping to boost the start-up market in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union. As he launched a new start-up of his own, Duplicat, which aimed to identify fraud in......

A Vote by Activision Workers Could Give Unions a Foothold in Gaming

New York Times
Jessica Gonzalez can sometimes still hear the eerie theme music for one of the Call of Duty video games in her mind. She jokes that the soundtrack will play on a loop in her subconscious when she gets older. Throughout the mid-2010s, Ms. Gonzalez spent months working grueling, 14-hour overnight......

Tesla’s Aura Dims as Its Plunging Stock Highlights the Risks It Faces

New York Times
Tesla shares are reacting in part to the same forces that are roiling stock markets around the world: war in Ukraine, rising interest rates, the threat of recession, supply chain chaos and surging inflation. But Tesla shares have fallen much more than other Silicon Valley giants like Apple or Alphabet,......

Big Tech Is Getting Clobbered on Wall Street. It’s a Good Time for Them.

New York Times
John Chambers, who steered Cisco Systems through multiple downturns as its former chief executive, said the companies’ strong businesses and deep pockets could afford them the chance to take risks that would be impractical for smaller competitors. During the 2008 downturn, he said Cisco allowed distressed automakers to pay for......

Even Among Corporate Raiders, Elon Musk Is a Pirate

New York Times
The history of mergers and acquisitions is filled with ruthless corporate raiders, bruising wars of words and people trying to stiff each other. T. Boone Pickens, the oil tycoon who rampaged through the 1980s, took small stakes in energy companies, attacked management and forced sales of the firms. Carl Icahn,......

Buffalo gunman’s video is surfacing on Facebook, sometimes with ads beside it.

New York Times
People searching on Facebook for footage of Saturday’s racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, N.Y., may have come across posts with footage of the attack or links to websites promising the gunman’s full video. Interspersed between those posts, they may have also seen a variety of ads. The social network has......

Has the Crypto Crash Hurt Your Investments? We Want to Hear About It.

New York Times
Over the last two years, a boom in cryptocurrency prices has minted a generation of millionaires, catapulting industry executives and even some regular investors to extraordinary wealth. But lately the crypto market has crashed. Last week, the collapse of a so-called stablecoin helped ignite a broader meltdown, tanking the price......

WhatsApp introduces commercial services as Meta, its parent, seeks fresh revenue.

New York Times
More than eight years after agreeing to buy one of the world’s largest messaging apps, the company formerly known as Facebook has decided to start making money from it. WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said on Thursday that it was opening up......

The Enduring Afterlife of a Mass Shooting’s Livestream Online

New York Times
Many of the sites tried taking down the videos as they were uploaded but were overwhelmed. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos in the 24 hours after the incident, though many managed to evade detection. On Reddit, a post featuring the video was viewed more than one million times......

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

New York Times
Under China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, Beijing has refined its approach to cyberspying, transforming over the past decade into a far more sophisticated actor. China’s premier spy agency, borrowing a page from Russia, has recruited beyond its ranks, pulling from the country’s growing pool of tech workers. The strategy has......

Seeking Pills, Young People Head to Social Media, With Deadly Results

New York Times
Now, when Snapchat users search for “fenta,” “xanax” or other drug language, the results are blocked. They are redirected to an in-app video channel with content from nonprofit groups and the C.D.C. that addresses “fentapills” — the dangers of purported OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax and Adderall. According to Facebook’s latest community......

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