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A second Apple Store files to hold a union election

Apple store employees in Towson, Maryland have organized a union and petitioned to hold an official union election. This marks the third Apple retail location in recent weeks that has taken significan

A major Patreon survey shows that most creators don’t want crypto payments

Patreon announced the results of its first creator census, which invited the community to share feedback about how the fan membership platform can best support independent creatives. Out of 250,000 cr

Wordle brought ‘tens of millions’ of new users to the New York Times

The New York Times Company’s first-quarter financial results prove what we’ve all known all along: people really like Wordle. You know the story by now. Josh Wardle made a fun little word

Twitter Circle, a ‘Close Friends’-like feature, is testing

Twitter Circle, the app’s spin on an Instagram-like “Close Friends” feature, is finally testing. The feature was teased as one of many potential product updates in July, and last mo

Instagram is testing a full-screen home feed

You know how when you log onto TikTok, the first thing you see (besides maybe an ad) is a full-screen, vertical video? Instagram is testing a feature that would offer a similar, instantly immersive ex

SoundCloud acquires Musiio, an AI music curator, to improve discovery

An online audio sharing platform and streamer, SoundCloud has acquired Musiio, an AI music curation company. With Musiio’s team and technology, SoundCloud plans to strengthen its music discovery

Amazon is going to make it easier to load your own books onto Kindle

Amazon is… a company that could bear to have a bit better of an ethical track record. At the time of publication, warehouse workers in Staten Island are fighting for better work treatment by vo

An early TikTok exec just launched a dating app, Spark

A former president at musical.ly (now known as TikTok), Alex Hofmann has already done something that seems impossible: He helped build an app that could compete with social giants like Meta, YouTube o

Netflix layoffs hit Tudum, its editorial arm, just five months after launch

Netflix laid off a contingent of its editorial staff just five months after launching its in-house publication Tudum. Netflix declined to share further details, but said that the Tudum is not being sh

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
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