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Meta to axe 10,000 more jobs in second round of cuts



The social media giant is bracing for an economic downturn

Meta Platforms announced Tuesday that it will axe 10,000 more jobs – its second round of mass layoffs – as the tech industry braces for a deep economic downturn.

The job cuts – which come after the company slashed 11,000 jobs in November – are part of a larger restructuring plan, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that 2023 would be Meta’s “year of efficiency.”

The owner of Facebook and Instagram, which had been pouring billions of dollars into building the futuristic metaverse, has struggled with a slump in advertising.

“This is really Zuckerberg and Meta ripping the band-aid off, in terms of the cost structure,” Daniel Ives, Senior Equity Analyst at Wedbush Securities said.

“Clearly, they’ve seen headwinds, and it’s really a 180-degree turnaround in terms of what we saw from a year ago, where this company was spending money like 1980 rock stars.

“This metaverse strategy is really starting to reverse course as Zuckerberg is reading the room – that’s what Wall Street wants to see.”

In a message to staff, Zuckerberg called 2022 “a humbling wake-up call” and said while the latest job cuts would be announced in April and May, they could continue through the end of the year.

Worries of an economic downturn due to rising interest rates have sparked a series of mass job cuts across corporate America: from Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to fellow Big Tech firms Amazon and Microsoft.

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The possibility of a U.S. recession



There’s been a lot going on in markets…

It’s been a turbulent time in financial markets, to say the least.

From seeing a banking crisis sweep around the world, to a new global reserve currency start to emerge – there hasn’t been a quiet day on the market.

And there’s also a little bit of Marty McFly meets Bog Iger from Disney, as UBS appoint a former Credit Suisse CEO to help with the merger of the two banks.

AND, the possibility of a U.S. recession…

Chris Uhl from joins us to discuss.

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Disney trumps DeSantis with legal loophole



Disney has outplayed Ron DeSantis by leaning on a decades-old royal clause

In February, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moved to take over Disney World’s governing body.

It was all in retaliation to the company’s public stance against the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

But now, new reports suggest this whole plan may have backfired.

Members of the new governor-appointed board argue the previous members stripped the board of its power before they left.

It was all part of an agreement, which was approved a day before DeSantis assumed more control of the land around Disney’s theme park.

Disney is leaning on a property law which essentially makes the company the government of the area.

New board member Ron Peri says the board has lost the majority of its ability to do anything beyond maintain the roads and basic infrastructure.

For just under six decades, Disney has operated its expansive theme park and resort in Florida under a specially designated district.

A board oversaw the area and had free reign of development processes.

Disney also had the authority to appoint district board members.

But this special status came under threat when Disney clashed with DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Florida lawmakers the passed a bill in February to end Disney’s self-governing status and give the governor the authority to appoint new board members to the district.

DeSantis appointed five supervisors, including a parents’ rights activist and three Republican donors.

But the new supervisors say previous board members entered an agreement before they left their positions – effectively stripping them of any powers. #trending #featured

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The Power of Play



Let’s take a look at the history of video games and the exciting future of the gaming industry.

From classic arcade games to the latest consoles and online multiplayer experiences, gamers have been lining up for decades to get their hands on the hottest games.

But what goes on behind the scenes to create these immersive worlds? The Power of Play takes you behind the curtain to explore the hard work and dedication of game developers as they bring these virtual experiences to life.

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