Monday’s top tech news: Don’t call it a comeback

By November 21, 2022Tech

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By Verge Staff
Iger is back, Trump is back, Ye is back, and Elon Musk, well, he never leaves the news cycle. 
Ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger is back at the helm of the Mouse House in an announcement that surprised everyone, including Disney executives and some employees who thought Iger’s email announcing the change came from a hacked account, according to the Wall Street Journal. The outgoing Bob — Bob Chapek — wasn’t even quoted in Disney’s official announcement.
Elon Musk brought Trump, Ye, and others back to Twitter, despite previously saying that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen” before a new content moderation council “with widely diverse viewpoints” had a chance to convene. Trump has yet to tweet, but Ye returned with an is-thing-on??? mic test followed by the Jewish greeting for peace.
Nov 21, 2022, 3:45 AM UTCRichard Lawler
After missing the onset of the pandemic, Iger returns to a very different company than the one he left, and he’s expected to select yet another successor.
Nov 20, 2022, 11:33 PM UTCRichard Lawler and Adi Robertson
If you haven’t listened to this week's episode of The Vergecast yet or read Adi Robertson’s review of the Meta Quest Pro headset, that line about sums it up.
On the other hand, can you afford to miss Meta’s Notorious B.I.G. “VR concert experience” on December 16th?
It’s unclear exactly what that will be like, but this blog post makes the point that maybe Meta could have focused on living artists. It points out several who already perform VRChat, and other platforms that succeed in ways the Horizon environments haven’t yet.
Nov 20, 2022, 8:47 PM UTCEmma Roth
Internal documents obtained by Insider indicate that Amazon’s Alexa division made up the “vast majority” of the over $3 billion that the company lost across its “Worldwide Digital” department, which includes Alexa, Echo devices, Prime Video, and other products.
Amazon confirmed layoffs affecting thousands of employees on its hardware and services teams last week, and the company’s CEO says to expect even more job cuts next year.
[Business Insider]
Nov 20, 2022, 2:26 AM UTCJames Vincent and Sean Hollister
He justified the decision based on the results of a personal Twitter poll. “The people have spoken,” Musk decreed.
Nov 19, 2022, 6:41 PM UTCNilay Patel
Musk posted an image from his late-night Twitter “code review” and… well, at least we got this very funny Reddit thread out of it.
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