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Major merge – US computer security firm’s $8 billion purchase

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US computer security firm Norton has purchased Avast for over $8 billion

Norton’s Chief Executive says the move is a “huge step forward for consumer cyber safety”.

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The deal secures a leading cyber consumer business and is expected to create a new entity with over 500 million users.

Avast is based in Prague and its offices will be retained. Meanwhile, Norton will retain its offices in Arizona.

The two companies said in the joint press release that their respective boards of directors see an opportunity to “create a new, industry-leading consumer Cyber Safety business, leveraging the established brands, technology and innovation of both groups to deliver substantial benefits to consumers, shareholders, and other stakeholders.”

The two companies said the deal will bring together product lines that are broadly complementary, while giving the combined company a user base of over half a billion customers.

“The deal will broaden the geographic market coverage of the combined company. In addition, the two expect to realise “$280 million of annual gross cost synergies.”

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NortonLifeLock CEO Vincent Pilette called the deal “a huge step forward for consumer Cyber Safety” that he said “will ultimately enable us to achieve our vision to protect and empower people to live their digital lives safely.”

 “With this combination, we can strengthen our Cyber Safety platform and make it available to more than 500 million users. We will also have the ability to further accelerate innovation to transform Cyber Safety.”

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Food delivery drone crashes into powerlines

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Thousands of people have been left without power after a food delivery drone crashed into powerlines

Power was restored after 45 minutes after the drone made a pre-cautionary landing.

‘Wing’ is the company behind the incident who use drones for their food delivery services.

A spokesperson for Energex, the company who supplies power to the 300-affected homes says drones can be dangerous.

It’s believed these instances are very rare and the meal was still hot when emergency crews arrived at the scene.

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Meta’s hiring freeze a result of economic slowdown

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Meta’s hiring freeze is the latest indication that even tech giants are feeling the pinch of the struggling economy

META’S HIRING FREEZE | Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told employees the company is going on a “hiring freeze.”

He says there might also be more layoffs in the future and pointed the blame at the global economy and Apple.

Meta’s revenue has been taking a hit because of the global economic slowdown, and Apple’s recent change to its ad tracking policies hasn’t helped matters either.

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As a result, Meta’s stock price has plunged more than 50% this year.

In May, Zuckerberg warned that Meta might have to make some “tough choices” in the form of layoffs.

But by June, he sounded more optimistic, saying that Meta was “well-positioned” to weather the economic storm.

Now it looks like those tough choices are finally being made.

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Apple exec fired over crude TikTok video

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Apple’s vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins, has been fired from the company after his crude remarks in a TikTok interview went viral

Apple has fired its vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins for making crude comments in a viral TikTok video.

It all started with an interview that went horribly wrong. Creator Daniel Mac posted a video where he asked Blevins what he does for a living, and Blevins response didn’t reference anything respectable.

“I race cars and play golf and fondle big-breasted women. But I take weekends But I take weekends and major holidays off,” Blevins replied.

The video has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

The video didn’t identify Blevins by name and didn’t reference his position at Apple, though Blevins does note that his job offers “a hell of a dental plan.”

But Apple moved quickly to fire Blevins, saying the comments don’t align with their values and respect of women.

Apple is known for being a family-friendly company, so it’s no surprise that they wouldn’t want an employee making crude jokes on TikTok.

This just goes to show that you should be careful what you say on social media.

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