Things moved fast between Elon Musk and Twitter’s board of directors. It was just yesterday that we talked about how Twitter may be open to accepting Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company. That has now become the reality. On Monday, Twitter’s board accepted the sale at US$44 billion. The deal is expected to close later this year at a share price of $54.20 per share. Following the deal, Musk announced that free speech will continue to be the digital town square in a functioning democracy.
Elon Musk’s buyout offer is accepted by Twitter, Netflix is experiencing a morale crisis, and Apple must compensate a customer $1000 for not including a charger with his iPhone. Welcome to Hashtag Trending, where we bring you all the latest tech news. It’s Tuesday, April 26th, and I’m Samira Balsara, your host. Amazon Alexa’s Hashtag Trending 200 px wide Google Podcasts badge
A Brazilian judge has ordered that Apple must pay $1000 to a customer for not including a charger in the box. In 2020, Apple stopped including chargers for its iPhones as a way to reduce e-waste, but still includes a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box. Although the company explained that the cable can be used with other chargers, the judge ruled the practice a “tie sale.” In a tie sale situation, the customer must purchase a separate component for the device to work, which is illegal.
With both its subscribers and stock prices plummeting, Netflix is facing another crisis: low morale. Although the company has long been hailed as one of the best workplaces to work at, its recent financial troubles have also tanked employees’ optimism. Many Netflix employees own company stock options. When the stock price dropped, it also erased their gains. As worries continue to brew, Bloomberg reported that some employees are asking managers to issue new stock grants to make up their losses. Others have told The Information that more employees are looking to leave the company than ever. In addition to changing the payment structure for its customers, Netflix is now also scrambling to restructure the company teams and increase incentives to retain its workers.
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A competition watchdog in the U.K will be able to fine firms up to 10 per cent of their global turnover for fake reviews, reported the BBC. According to the article, the average U.K. household spends £900 euros, or C$1200 a year, based on online reviews. Under new rules, businesses will no longer be allowed to pay for reviews and must clearly inform customers when free trials are ending. Additionally, they are now required to check the legitimacy of the reviews. This may have significant effects on Amazon, Google, and other eCommerce companies. Additionally, the U.K. government also wants to crack down on subscription traps that make it hard for customers to terminate their subscription.