Meta plans hiring freeze, NASA shoots an asteroid, and Elon’s texts about Twitter are made public • TechCrunch
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- Elon’s Text: As part of the ongoing Musk-Twitter experiment, a series of Twitter-related texts between Elon and various key figures/executives/celebs have been made public. Amanda and Taylor take a look at some of the most interesting spots, with appearances from the likes of Gayle King, Joe Rogan, and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (or, he seems to be in Elon’s contacts, “jack jack”) “.)
- Instagram bans PornHub .’s account: “After a week of suspension,” Amanda wrote, “Pornhub’s account has been permanently removed from Instagram.” Why? PH says they don’t know, as they insist everything they put on Instagram is purely “PG” while calling for “full transparency and clear explanation.”
- Interpol issued a red notice to the founder of Terra: “Interpol has issued a red notice to Do Kwon,” Manish and Kate wrote, “requiring law enforcement agencies worldwide to find and arrest the founder of Terraform Labs whose blockchain startup has launched collapsed earlier this year.”
- New Features of Google Maps: A bunch of new content is coming to Google Maps, and Aisha is done. There’s a new type of view to help you “Immerse yourself” in a city before you visit, a “Neighborhood vibe” feature that captures the highlights of an area, and augmented reality features Use the view from your camera to show exactly where ATMs and coffee shops are.
- Meta’s recruitment is frozen: Looks like the era of hiring booms at Meta/Facebook is over. The company will freeze hiring and “restructure some teams” internally, Zuckerberg announced during an internal all-hands meeting this week.
- Hackers Attack Fast Company, Send Terrible Push Notifications: If you received a particularly vulgar push notification from Fast Company via Apple News this week, it was because a hacker compromised the store’s content management system. The hacker also published a post (now pulled) on Fast Company outlining how they got in.
- NASA touches an asteroid: If we needed to hit an asteroid millions of miles away – for example, changing its course and directing it away from Earth – could we do it? NASA demonstrated it can do just that this week, smashing a purpose-built spacecraft into an asteroid at 14,700 mph. The asteroid in question was never thought to be a threat to Earth, but here are the things you want to test before they are necessary.
- Microsoft confirms Exchange vulnerability: “Microsoft has confirmed two unpatched Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities are being exploited by cybercriminals in real-world attacks,” Carly wrote. Even worse? There is no patch yet, although MSFT says one has been included in the “accelerated timeline” and offers temporary mitigations in the meantime.
No time to adjust it all TechCrunch’s podcasts this week? Here’s what you might have missed:
- Evernote and mmhmm co-founder Phil Libin have joined us Find to share what he’s learned about remote work and why he’s “never going to work in the metaverse.”
- The Chain reaction The team delved into why crypto exchange FTX was bidding billions of dollars on the assets of a bankrupt company.
- Amanda joins Darrell on TechCrunch Podcast to discover whether Tumblr would reverse its controversial porn ban (spoiler: no), and Devin went on to talk all about NASA’s wild anti-asteroid test mission.
What’s hiding behind TechCrunch + fee wall? Lots of really great stuff! That’s where we break out of the constant news cycle and dive a little deeper into the things you tell us you like best. The most read TC+ content this week?
- Has Silicon Valley really lost its crown?: A provocative question, one asked more after COVID flipped the switch about widespread telework pretty much overnight. Alex dives into investor data to see where the money is going and if that’s going to change.
- Investors hit the brakes on productivity software: It’s a double feature of Alex Wilhelm this week! After several quarters of consistent investment growth, it looks like investor interest in yield tools may be waning. Why? Alex sees why/how investing in verticals has changed.