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1. PayPal is reportedly exploring an acquisition of Pinterest. Pinterest soared as much as 19% on Wednesday after reports surfaced that PayPal is considering buying the social-media company for around $39 billion. Everything we know about the potential deal.
2. Donald Trump says he’s planning to launch a new online platform called TRUTH Social in 2022. The social-media app is a response to the major US tech firms continuing to ban Trump from their services. More on his pitch here.
3. Facebook’s recent trademark filings hold clues to the company’s new name. After news broke that Mark Zuckerberg wants to change Facebook’s name, we looked at the company’s past few filings — and found ones for a logo and a word that might offer a glimpse at Facebook’s next steps.
4. Activision Blizzard fired 20 employees over harassment and discrimination. The company also disciplined an additional 20 employees and announced a variety of internal changes. The changes follow a lawsuit, SEC investigation, and employee walkout. Here’s what’s changing.
5. Elon Musk is back with another booze endeavor. After creating a $250 tequila in a lightning-bolt bottle that sold out in hours, Musk announced he wants to sell Tesla “Giga Beer” in a Cybertruck-inspired bottle. Get the full rundown on “Giga Beer.”
6. A former Virgin Galactic test pilot is joining Blue Origin. Mark Stucky, who says he was fired after six years with Virgin Galactic, told CNN he’s joining Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company. More on that here.
7. Social media users are speculating about Facebook’s new name. People on Twitter have a lot of suggestions for what Mark Zuckerberg’s company should be called. From “Three Facebooks in a Trench Coat” to simply “Face,” here are some of their ideas.
8. Hoping to buy a Tesla Model 3? You’ll have to wait 10 more months. The wait time for Tesla’s most inexpensive model has ballooned — but if you add on options or choose a pricier model, the wait time shrinks considerably. We explain why.
9. Amazon created six “tenets” during talks with Starbucks about a new cashierless cafe. While discussing launching a coffee shop — which would combine its cashierless Go stores with Starbucks lounges — Amazon came up with six tenets, including that it’d need to deliver a “wow” factor. Read the other five tenets Amazon created for the partnership.
10. Some Silicon Valley tech recruiters are skeptical of coding boot camps’ value. The intensive short-term classes have helped people quickly find careers in tech — but boot camps still receive mixed reception from recruiters at Silicon Valley companies. Top recruiters weigh in.
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