Friday’s tech news live: All eyes on Twitter (again)

By November 18, 2022Tech

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By Verge Staff
It’s usually not a good sign when everyone on Twitter is talking about the same thing, least of all when that thing is Twitter itself. Today the story on everyone’s lips tweets is that a lot of Twitter’s remaining employees have left the company after Elon Musk’s Thursday night ultimatum expired, which demanded that employees work “long hours at high intensity” or GTFO.
Well GTFO is exactly what hundreds of Twitter’s remaining employees are doing. Now the question is exactly how small the company’s workforce can get before it’s fundamentally unable to keep the service operational.
Continuing on the theme of tech layoffs, Roku is saying goodbye to 200 US employees (a shame given it should be riding high on the success of its best original film to date), and Amazon expects to lay off more employees next year after reports emerged that it plans to axe as many as 10,000 roles this week.
And pull on your mittens everyone, because everyone’s favorite ice queen is heading back to Overwatch 2. Mei was removed from the game late last month thanks to a glitch with her trademark ice wall ability that was allowing players to access “unintended locations.”
Nov 18, 2022, 3:27 PM UTCAlex Cranz
Okay, those weren’t the only topics!
But Adi did join us to talk about her Meta Quest Pro review and just how bad this product and some of the software surrounding it is. Then Nilay relayed his adventures in buying Taylor Swift tickets, Twitter news broke live on the podcast, and we all agreed knobs are good.
Nov 18, 2022, 2:30 PM UTCRichard Lawler
For This Week in Elon, Liz Lopatto investigates what Elon Musk might actually envision for Twitter 2.0.
If Musk can figure out a way to make inroads into the creator economy, that could maybe bring people to the platform in a way that’s cheaper than the $10 sign-up bonus he’s proposed.
If there’s a way to keep the most fun, prolific Twitter users on the platform — either by paying them directly or by letting their fans pay them — I can imagine a world in which that creates a revenue stream that makes Twitter less dependent on advertising.
Nov 18, 2022, 1:31 PM UTCAndrew Webster
The first truly open-world Pokémon games are here with the release of Violet and Scarlet on the Switch today.
They’re great games, offering more freedom than any Pokémon adventure before — but that comes at a cost, with some frustrating technical issues that hamper the experience. At least the new grass cat starter is plenty adorable.
Nov 18, 2022, 1:00 PM UTCVictoria Song
It’s hard to justify a Fitbit when the Amazfit GTR 4 looks better, lasts longer, and has way more features than you’d expect.
Nov 18, 2022, 11:58 AM UTCThomas Ricker
Twitter 2.0 is here and operating with a skeleton staff, so now would be a good time to grab an archive before the site suffers a cascading or sudden failure.
Nov 17, 2022, 11:53 PM UTCAlex Heath and Mia Sato
Musk gave Twitter staff a deadline to say if they are staying for his cultural reset of the company. And right on deadline, the farewell emojis started pouring into Twitter’s Slack.
Nov 17, 2022, 10:32 PM UTCJay Peters
The company hasn’t decided how many more jobs it’ll cut, but workers could be left wondering about their jobs for months.
Nov 17, 2022, 9:57 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Entertainment, tech, and advertising companies are cutting back — Roku’s all three in one.
Nov 17, 2022, 9:53 PM UTCAsh Parrish
After a brief hiatus from the game, Mei’s back, along with a host of other hero tweaks and bug fixes.
Nov 16, 2022, 9:57 AM UTCTom Warren
Twitter employees can leave with three months of severance or commit to ‘long hours at high intensity.’ Twitter 2.0 begins at 5pm ET on Thursday.
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