Mega Meta Cuts

Dwaiter Weekly


April 20, 2023


Layoffs Hit Technical Positions

As part of Meta’s latest round of job cuts announced in March, the company on Wednesday started laying off employees in technical roles like user experience, software engineering and graphics programming, CNBC reports.

Last month, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post that the company, as part of its "year of efficiency," would lay off 10,000 more staffers, in addition to the 11,000 who'd already been laid off.

Amid mass layoffs industrywide, tech workers in the U.S. on H-1B visas are scrambling to find new roles. There are roughly 600,000 workers hired in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, Rest of World reports. If their employment ends, these workers have only 60 days to find a new job to retain their visa status, or leave the country.


Are Group Chats the Internet's Most Powerful Force?

The Discord leaks are foremost a national-security story, but they’re also a story about how information travels in 2023 as the relevance of traditional social media wanes, The Atlantic observers. The leaks tell a tale about the power, primacy, and unpredictable dynamics of the group chat.


AI Threat Has Google in Panic Mode

When Google learned in March that consumer electronics giant Samsung was considering replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on its devices, the company's reaction was “panic,” according to internal messages reviewed by the New York Times. AI competitors like the new Bing are rapidly becoming the most serious threat in a quarter-century to Google’s search business, which was worth $162 billion last year.


Are Passwords Passé?

Could passwords could soon become a thing of the past? Quite possibly, a cybersecurity researcher writing on The Conversation says. Passkeys—digital credentials generated via public-key cryptography and stored on a phone or computer—are supported by Apple, Google and Microsoft, and soon could overtake passwords and password managers.



  • Internal documents and images viewed by CNBC show Google is planning to launch its first foldable smartphone, the Pixel Fold, priced at upward of $1,700, making it the highest price-point product in Google’s smartphone series.
  • After "an incredible 25-year run," Netflix plans to shut down its DVD business, which has shipped over 5 billion discs to subscribers since 1997.  It will mail the final discs in its iconic red envelopes from on Sept. 29.
  • Anyone who used Facebook between May 24, 2007, and Dec. 22, 2022, may be eligible to receive some money from the $725 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit. Information on eligibility can be obtained by emailing


"To everyone who ever added a DVD to their queue or waited by the mailbox for a red envelope to arrive: thank you."

Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO

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