Meta plans a hiring freeze, NASA shoots an asteroid, and Elon’s Twitter texts go public – TechCrunch

Hello everyone! Welcome to Week in Review, the newsletter where we quickly summarize some of the most read TechCrunch stories from the past seven days. The goal? Even when you’re overwhelmed, a quick scan of WiR on Saturday morning should give you a pretty good grasp of what’s been happening in tech this week.

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  • Elon’s texts: As part of the ongoing lawsuit between Musk and Twitter, a large number of Twitter-related texts between Elon and various personalities/executives/celebrities have been made public. Amanda and Taylor take a look at some of the most interesting stuff, with appearances from the likes of Gayle King, Joe Rogan and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (or, as he seems to be named in Elon’s contacts, “jack jack”. )
  • Instagram bans PornHub account: “After a week-long suspension,” writes Amanda, “the Pornhub account has been permanently deleted from Instagram.” Why? PH says they don’t know, as they insist that everything they put on Instagram was totally “PG” while calling for “full transparency and clear explanations”.
  • Interpol issues red notice to Terra founder: “Interpol has issued a red notice for Do Kwon,” Manish and Kate write, “calling on law enforcement around the world to seek out and arrest the founder of Terraform Labs whose blockchain startup earlier collapsed This year.”
  • New features of Google Maps: A bunch of new stuff is coming to Google Maps, and Aisha has the roundup. There’s a new style of view intended to help you “immerse” yourself in a city before your visit, a “neighborhood vibe” feature that aims to capture the highlights of an area, and augmented reality features that use your camera view to show exactly where the ATMs are. and cafes are.
  • Meta’s hiring freeze: The era of explosive hires at Meta/Facebook is over, it seems. The company will freeze hiring and “restructure certain groups” internally, Zuckerberg reportedly announced during an internal town hall meeting this week.
  • Hacker hits Fast Company and sends horrendous push notifications: If you received a particularly vulgar push notification from Fast Company via Apple News this week, it’s because a hacker managed to breach the point of sale’s content management system. The hacker also apparently posted an article (now removed) on Fast Company describing how they got in.
  • NASA hits an asteroid: If we were to hit an asteroid millions of miles away – to, say, change its course and push it away from Earth – could we do it? NASA proved it could do just that this week, crashing a specially designed spacecraft into an asteroid at 14,700 mph. The asteroid in question was never considered a threat to Earth, but that’s the kind of stuff you want to test before they are necessary.
  • Microsoft confirms Exchange vulnerabilities“Microsoft has confirmed that two unpatched Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities are being exploited by cybercriminals in real-world attacks,” Carly wrote. Even worse? There’s no fix yet, though MSFT says one has been put on an “accelerated schedule” and offers temporary mitigations in the meantime.

audio tour

Didn’t have time to listen to all the TechCrunch podcasts this week? Here’s what you might have missed:

  • Phil Libin, co-founder of Evernote and mmhmm, joined us on Found to share what he’s learned about working remotely and why he’s “never going to work in the metaverse.”
  • The Chain reaction The team went into depth about why crypto exchange FTX offered billions in the assets of a bankrupt company.
  • Amanda joined Darrell on Tech Crunch Podcast to find out if Tumblr was rolling back its controversial porn ban (spoiler: no), and Devin went on to talk about NASA’s savage anti-asteroid test mission.


What’s behind the TechCrunch+ paywall? Lots of really great stuff! This is where we can step away from the relentless cycle of news and dig a little deeper into the things you tell us you love the most. The most read TC+ articles this week?

  • Is Silicon Valley really losing its crown?: A provocative question, one came up all the more after COVID flipped the switch on widespread remote working pretty much overnight. Alex dives into investor data to see where the money is going and whether or not that has changed.
  • Investors hold back on productivity software: It’s a double feature by Alex Wilhelm this week! After a few quarters of steady investment growth, it looks like investor interest in productivity tools may be waning. Why? Alex examines why/how investing in the vertical has changed.


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