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Tesla CEO Elon Musk will hold a Q&A with Twitter staff after internal criticism was raised following the announcement of his appointment to the company’s board.

Meanwhile, Microsoft said it halted a Russian cyberattack that targeted Ukraine, the United States and the European Union.

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Musk will take questions from Twitter staff

Elon Musk will take questions from Twitter employees after his appointment to the social media company’s board sparked internal criticism and concerns from company staff.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed Friday that Musk will be joining Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal for an “AMA” or ask me anything session for Twitter employees “soon.” The spokesperson did not provide additional information.

The Q&A session was first reported by The Washington Post, citing an email Agrawal sent to staff on Thursday.

Learn more here.

Microsoft thwarted Russian cyberattacks

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it had thwarted Russian cyberattacks targeting Ukraine and organizations in the United States and the European Union.

A Russian hacking group called Strontium targeted Ukrainian organizations, including media, as well as public and private institutions related to foreign policy in the United States and the EU, said Tom Burt, Microsoft vice president in charge of customer safety and trust, in a blog. Publish. The strontium is connected to the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service.

“We believe Strontium was attempting to establish long-term access to its targets’ systems, provide tactical support for physical invasion, and exfiltrate sensitive information,” Burt wrote.

Learn more here.


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The union seeking to represent workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, filed objections Thursday night to the e-commerce giant’s conduct in the facility’s recent union election.

The results of the election may not be known for several weeks, as the current vote tally – 993 no-union votes were counted against 875 “yes” votes – could be swayed by the 416 disputed ballots.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU), which would represent Bessemer workers if they win, said Thursday that Amazon interfered in the voting process.

The union filed 21 objections which it says “constitute both separately and cumulatively grounds for voiding the election”.

Learn more about objections here.


Twitter announced Thursday that it is “experimenting” with a new feature that would allow users to opt out of conversations in which they have been tagged by others.

“How do you say ‘Don’t @ me,’ without saying ‘Don’t @ me?’ ‘between you now’, Twitter Safety tweeted.

Twitter Safety provided a GIF showing how the feature works, with a user tagged in a conversation clicking an option to “leave this conversation”.

Learn more here.


Finland was hit by cyberattacks and an airspace breach on Friday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Finland’s parliament.

The country’s defense ministry tweeted earlier on Friday that its website was under attack and would be shut down until further notice.

Hours later, after resolving the issue, the department clarified that the cyberattack was a denial of service attack, which aims to shut down a website so that users cannot access its information.

The attack also hit Finnish Foreign Ministry websites, according to the ministry’s Twitter account.

Learn more here.


A chewable editorial: We need to protect children’s data online — but let’s protect everyone’s data while we’re at it

Lighter click: We’ve all been there

Notable Web Links:

  • Axie Infinity’s financial mess began long before its $600 million hack (The Verge/Adi Robertson)
  • Internet ‘algospeak’ changes our language in real time, from ‘nip nobs’ to ‘the dollar bean’ (The Washington Post/Taylor Lorenz)
  • Do Democrats really want Amazon workers to win? (Intelligence/Sam Adler-Bell)

One last thing: changes in the direction of discovery

Discovery Inc. has announced a management team to lead WarnerMedia in a major merger between the two companies that will be finalized this month.

Channing Dungey will remain chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, while Casey Bloys remains chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, the company announced. Kathleen Finch will assume the newly created role of President and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, a new consolidated organization comprising more than 40 of the company’s US networks.

Learn more here.

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