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Musk’s lawyer pleads with the judge to have the Twitter hearing delayed



Elon Musk’s lawyer pleads with the judge to have the Twitter hearing delayed, asks for investigation into whistleblower’s claims

Elon Musk’s lawyer has urged the court to delay the Twitter trial, so a whistleblower’s claims can be investigated. The case surrounds Musk’s desire to distance himself from his $44 billion without having to pay a termination fee.

The billionaire’s representation has requested a delay of several weeks, with the whistleblower claiming the Twitter platform has serious security deficiencies.

Musk’s acquisition of the social media giant had cracks in it from day one. The Tesla boss asked Twitter execs to produce information around the number of bots and false accounts on the platform almost immediately after announcing his intention to buy.

Do the whistleblower’s claims stack up?

New information shared by Twitter’s former Head of Security, Peiter Zatko, claims the platform lacks robust data security processes. This helped to support Musk’s reluctance to continue with the purchase.

But current Twitter execs have slammed Zatko’s claims as false. They also accused Musk of grasping at any information possible to back out of their agreement without paying the fee.

Observing this entire situation, it was clear from the beginning that  Musk rushed the purchase announcement. He failed to complete the due diligence required for an acquisition of such significant proportions.

The announcement was accompanied by bold claims surrounding what Musk would change on the platform, once he became the owner.

The initial media coverage generated by these announcements was astronomical. But once this eased, it became clear that Musk was beginning to stall the acquisition process – and his list of requirements from Twitter grew, in line with his reluctance follow through.

Now that Musk wants out, he is trying anything to walk away from the deal with as little cost to him as possible. Musk and the purchase of Twitter may be the most expensive impulse buy in history.

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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How Elon Musk built his empire



A plane arrives in China. On board, one of the world’s richest men. He’s come to convince authorities that he should be allowed to set up a brand new factory.

He is Elon Musk.

And this is his first trip to China in three years.

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Amazon employees walk out to protest office policies



Staff at warehousing giant Amazon have walked off the job to protest the company’s return-to-office program

Over 1,900 Amazon employees pledged to protest globally over proposed changes to the company’s climate policy, layoffs and a return-to-office mandate.

The activist group behind the rally is known as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), who are seeking a greater voice for employees.

“Our goal is to change Amazon’s cost/benefit analysis on making harmful, unilateral decisions that are having an outsized impact on people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people,” organisers said.

Over 100 people gathered at the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on Wednesday. The company said it had not witnessed any other demonstrations.

AECJ said the walkout comes after Amazon made moves “in the wrong direction”.

The company recently has recently overturned a desire to make all Amazon shipments net zero for carbon emissions by 2030.

The company maintains a pledge on climate change.

Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser told Reuters the company is pursuing a strategy to cut carbon emissions.

“For companies like ours who consume a lot of power, and have very substantial transportation, packaging, and physical building assets, it’ll take time to accomplish.”

AECJ protesters also sought support for the 27,000 staff, who had lost their jobs in recent months —around 9 per cent of Amazon’s global workforce.

The company has also mandated a return-to-office program.

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The Great Resignation vs. The Great Burnout



As employees recover from the height of the pandemic, the Great Resignation has come to light

The pandemic saw the term ‘the great resignation’ coined as thousands of people resigned from their jobs across the U.S. in 2021 and 2022.

Karin Reed, the author of ‘Suddenly Hybrid said the great resignation was a period of employees taking control of their future.

“A lot of people realised in their current environment they were not happy with what they were doing with their job. They chose to vote with their feet and go elsewhere,

In other parts of the world, a spike in resignations was not reported.

However, a higher degree of workers began reporting post-Covid burnout, as they made a return to the office.

“There’s been a blurring of the lines. You have work that’s not confined by a physical space.

“Instead of closing the computer and walk away, our computer is in the next room.”

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