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Activision Blizzard stockholders vote in favor of $68.7B sale to Microsoft

At a special meeting today, Activision Blizzard stockholders approved Microsoft’s proposal to acquire the gaming company for $68.7 billion. This all-cash transaction values the creator of games

How to see who viewed your TikTok profile

What do LinkedIn and TikTok have in common? In some cases, now you can see who viewed your profile in the last 30 days (also, LinkedIn is working on a TikTok-like video feed, but … we don’t ne

Meta says its metaverse biz lost another $3B… but the 2030s will be ‘exciting’

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of every Meta executive breathing a deep sigh of relief, because unlike last quarter, Facebook’s daily active users (DAUs) are up… a little. For the

In leaked all-hands meeting, Twitter CEO fields questions about Elon Musk’s takeover

If you wanted to be a fly on the wall during the first Twitter all-hands meeting after the platform accepted Elon Musk’s $44 billion bid, you’re in luck. Audio from Twitter’s company wid

Google tells shareholders that YouTube Shorts is doing great, don’t worry about TikTok!

Alphabet, the parent company to Google, announced its first-quarter earnings this evening, and for the creator industry, that means a slew of news and updates about YouTube. YouTube is known as a part

Twitter is protecting its source code from disgruntled employees, reports say

Twitter locked down its source code to prevent unauthorized changes, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The reports say that this change was made to prevent employees from “going r

NLRB rules Activision Blizzard’s first union at Raven Software can vote for recognition

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled today that the first union at a major U.S. gaming company can file for a formal union election. In January, the quality assurance (QA) department of Rav

Finally, we know why there’s a rubber chicken on Twitter

The internet is full of mysteries. Who really wrote “My Immortal,” and was it supposed to be a satire? Who is behind the group of hackers known as Anonymous? And why can’t Elon Musk

Snapchat? Trying to profit off of its TikTok clone? Say it ain’t so.

At Snap’s quarterly earnings call yesterday, CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that Snapchat is testing ads on Spotlight, its TikTok competitor. Though Spiegel hedged that this testing is limited, it af

Snapchat is growing faster than Facebook and Twitter

Snap released its first quarter financial results for 2022 today, affirming that it’s growing faster than its fellow U.S.-based competitors Facebook (now Meta) and Twitter. Meta reported its fir

An Apple Store in Atlanta is the first to file for a union election

Apple retail workers at the Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Georgia became the first group of U.S. Apple store workers to reach a crucial step in the formal unionization process: filing for a union

Tumblr said 420 Blaze it (but literally)

Yesterday, Tumblr rolled out Tumblr Blaze to all users over 18 in the United States. The feature lets users promote their content in the same way you might boost a tweet or a Facebook post on those re

Here are the games that were announced at the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase

Meta might want us to do everything in VR, from work meetings to exercising, but we often forget that playing video games is actually a pretty legit application of this technology. So, Meta is investi

Creative Juice launches a $50M fund to invest in creators

A banking app built for online creators, Creative Juice announced its $50 million fund to underwrite creator businesses. YouTubers and other social media stars can apply for upfront cash to grow their

Only 12% of full-time creators make over $50K a year, says Linktree

Though the creator economy is rapidly growing and changing, there isn’t much existing research about the space, making it difficult for stakeholders to understand what’s going on behind th

Lyft follows Uber’s lead and removes its mask mandate

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are no longer required for Lyft riders and drivers. Yesterday, Florida federal Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle voided a federal mask mandate on transpor

Uber will no longer require riders or drivers to wear masks in the US

Uber announced that effective today, masks are no longer required for riders or drivers in the U.S. This change in policy comes after Florida federal judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Trump-era appoint

Music streamer Deezer is going public via SPAC at a $1.1B valuation

A European music streamer, Deezer is going public via a SPAC deal, valuing the Spotify competitor at $1.1 billion. Deezer will merge with the “blank-check” company I2PO, which is headed by

Spotify says my imaginary iguana Gerald likes Doja Cat

Spotify will make you a custom playlist based on your pet’s personality and your own listening habits. While the streamer first launched this feature in 2020, it made the experience native to th

Apple retail workers at the Grand Central store are trying to unionize

From Activision to Amazon, historic union elections are changing the way that Americans think about work. Now, Apple is the next tech giant to reckon with an employee-driven labor movement. Calling th
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