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Facebook layoffs are a reminder that your job will stop loving you

“You really put your heart and soul into this place,” founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in a call Wednesday with Meta employees before laying off about 11,000 people. Meta has joined many other tech companies in making massive layoffs this year, and the trend makes it clear that no matter how much your …

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Billionaire charity is a double-edged sword

The problem with billionaire philanthropy is that it’s the worst possible system for getting things done that the government can’t care about – other than everything else. This is a recurring theme in Future Perfect. We’ve written about how access to abortion and contraception around the world is almost exclusively billionaire-funded. In the early months …

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Twitter Advertisers Say They’re Worried About Elon Musk’s Tweets And Behavior

Elon Musk held a massive conference call today with advertisers and over 100,000 people. He sounded thoughtful about Twitter’s plans. I wasn’t sure how it would work, but am looking for feedback. “I just got the keys to the building last Friday,” he said, later adding, “I’m open to ideas.” The problem for Musk is …

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Kentucky votes in favor of abortion rights, results in more abortion ballot measures

ever since Law vs Wade I had six opportunities to vote directly on laws affecting access to abortion. — once in Kansas last summer and five times in this year’s midterm elections. Every time, voters have called for abortion rights. Five states—California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and Vermont—have passed midterm ballots on abortion bills. In all …

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How Elon Musk is changing Twitter, from mass layoffs to paid check marks

Elon Musk has only been in charge of Twitter since late October. But already, he’s turned the company and its platform upside down. In the days after Musk took over, he booted top executives, slashed rank-and-file headcount, pushed engineers to work harder, and began fast-tracking a hodgepodge of potentially revenue-generating features, including charging users to …

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Rewards offered to those who find a singing robot disguised as a pumpkin | Charlie Holway | | Starship Technologies | Oct 2022

Starship Robots seasonal robots now roaming US campuses and UK cities San Francisco (October 31, 2022) — Halloween is here. That means candy, costumes, and pumpkins that walk around.If you’re scratching your head over the last one, the “pumpkinbot” does deliveries on many university campuses in the US, UK and Europe. or may have never …

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How AI-enabled robots can learn to speak animal languages

The world around us is vibrating with sounds we cannot hear. Bats chitter and babble in ultrasound; elephants rumble infrasonic secrets to each other; coral reefs are aquatic clubs, hopping with the cracks and hisses and clicks of marine life. For centuries, we didn’t even know those sounds existed. But as technology has advanced, so …

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Billionaire and Twitter CEO Elon Musk still has fans, but many are disillusioned

Elon Musk isn’t like other tech billionaires, even if he owns a major social media company now. First, he’s much richer. Second, he has a fervent, extremely online fan base — a kind usually reserved for boy bands — and this fandom has helped propel the incredible success of his companies on Wall Street. Salina …

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