Todd Spangler

Todd Spangler

Elon Musk Wants to Charge Businesses on Twitter $1,000 per Month to Retain Verified Check-Marks

Elon Musk’s Twitter needs cash — and now the mega-billionaire wants companies and brands to fork over $1,000 monthly to get verified check-marks on his social network. Twitter is asking organizations to pay $1,000 per month, plus an additional $50 monthly for each affiliated sub-account, to maintain the gold check-mark verification badges the company introduced […]

William Shatner Documentary Beams Up $790,000 in Equity Crowdfunding, Selling Out in Less Than a Week

William Shatner fans bought up all the shares in the actor’s forthcoming feature-length documentary “You Can Call Me Bill” in less than a week — shelling out nearly $790,000 and topping the film’s funding goal. Legion M’s equity crowdfunding round for the Shatner documentary, exploring the life and career of the beloved 91-year-old actor, as […]

DOJ and Eight States Sue Google, Alleging It Holds a ‘Monopolistic Grip’ on Digital Ad Market

The Justice Department, along with eight states, has filed a new antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging the tech giant has engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve a “monopolistic grip” on digital advertising. The eight states joining the suit are California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia. Among other things, the […]

Netflix Execs Talk Early Ad-Tier Results, ‘Glass Onion’ and Expected ‘Cancel Reaction’ From Paid Password-Sharing Rollout

Netflix’s new co-CEO duo, Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters, along with Reed Hastings, who’s stepping into an executive chairman role, discussed the leadership change and more on its fourth-quarter 2022 earnings interview. Overall, the execs said there’s no significant change in strategy with the executive changes. “We’ve always been focused on the future and where […]

Apple Brings Back Full-Size HomePod Smart Speaker, Priced at $300

Apple is back, big time, in the smart speaker space: The tech giant announced its second-generation full-size HomePod — promising “next-level acoustics” — representing a new competitor to the likes of Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Nest and Sonos speakers. The launch of the new HomePod, which measures 5.6 inches wide and 6.6 inches high, comes two […]

Amazon Will Lay Off 18,000 Employees, CEO Andy Jassy Says

Amazon will eliminate “just over 18,000 roles” at the company, CEO Andy Jassy wrote in a memo to staffers Wednesday, well more than previously expected by the ecommerce giant. The layoffs will occur across “several teams” but the majority of job cuts are in the Amazon Stores group and its People, Experience and Technology (PXT) […]