According to The New York Times, citing internal Twitter documents, after Musk’s ultimatum to employees of the social network a couple of days ago, 1,200 people decided to leave the company at once. Apparently, Musk did not expect so many unwilling to continue under his leadership – and that is why, after people wrote en masse statements, he rushed to persuade them to stay.
The New York Times data is confirmed by Fortune: it reports that after Musk’s letter about Twitter 2.0 (the same ultimatum), from 1,000 to 1,200 people filed for dismissal. According to Insider, “less than half of the company’s remaining roughly 4,000 employees on Thursday decided to stay at the company“. Insider reports that the company currently has only about 2,000 employees left. Recall that before Musk came to Twitter, about 7,500 people worked.
It is interesting that some of the rest did not make their choice consciously, but only because they may have problems with a visa upon dismissal. Twitter currently has about 300 H-1B employees, according to the USCIS. This is a non-immigrant visa that allows US employers to petition the government to allow foreign subskilled workers to work in the United States for a limited period of time. It is possible that if these workers had the opportunity to leave the company and stay in the US, they would have done so. Well, in general, everything goes to the fact that there will simply be no one to work on Twitter. And the ubiquitous Elon Musk is unlikely to be able to replace all the departed workers.
“This is another unspoken sign of disrespect,” the Twitter office equipped sleeping quarters for “hardcore” employees
According to Forbes, earlier this week, Twitter employees discovered several sleeping areas in the company’s San Francisco office. They were organized in conference rooms, where beds and bedside tables with lamps appeared.
The whistleblower and Twitter said employees were given no explanation for the change and suggested that the beds are for the remaining “hardcore” employees so they can stay overnight in the office. “This is another unspoken sign of disrespect. No one discussed this with us,” said one of the employees.
Last month, CEO Elon Musk gave the thousands of employees remaining at the company the option to leave or stay on the condition that they work hard under Twitter 2.0. Since taking over as owner and CEO, Musk has fired at least half of Twitter’s employees, with many leaving of their own accord.
Another source, who wished to remain anonymous, suggested that there could be “four to eight of these bedrooms per floor,” adding that “they look comfortable.”
One room’s trash bin was reportedly filled with trash, meaning someone had already slept there: “People are already working late into the night, so that kind of makes sense.”
According to Business Insider, the American billionaire and owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, brought quite a few people to the company, among whom were employees of his other companies and relatives.
We reported this morning that Elon Musk briefly lost his title as the richest man in the world on Wednesday, according to Forbes.
Google degrades in Google Photos the definition of the place where the photo was taken
Google has warned users about a new location policy for Google Photos (Google Photos).
Google Photos will stop using a user account’s location history to determine where specific pictures were taken, according to a new support document. This policy will apply to users who have opted out of sharing location data for the camera app for privacy reasons.
Until now, if you didn’t allow the camera app to use your current location, Google Photos used two methods to roughly estimate where you took the photo. First, the app will try to identify visible landmarks in your photos, and second, it will use your location history to narrow down the area.
However, now Google Photos will rely solely on trying to identify landmarks in photos. As you can easily guess, this method is noticeably less reliable.
Google notes that the change has already started rolling out to some Google Photos users, with a full rollout expected in the coming months.
“Digital version of yourself”: WhatsApp launched avatars
The team of the popular WhatsApp messenger announced the launch of an interesting innovation – avatars.
According to the developers, avatars will allow users to create a “digital version of themselves.” A variety of combinations of hairstyles, facial features and images are available for the avatar. You can use your avatar as your WhatsApp profile picture. Moreover, during installation, you can choose one of 36 facial expressions and actions.
In addition, a selection of personal stickers is created with the avatar. The developers also talked about how the avatars will develop. Now work is underway on light and shadow, hair textures and other details.
Avatars are becoming available to WhatsApp users gradually and will eventually appear for everyone.
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