Changes are coming to Edison Research at the executive level. Longtime Senior Vice President Tom Webster has announced that he will be stepping down from his position with the company.
Webster has spent nearly two decades with Edison Research. He’s expected to exit at the end of next month to begin a new chapter in his career that he says he cannot disclose yet.
“I made a difficult decision last month–very difficult. I decided that the best place for me to tackle this phase of my career was outside of Edison Research, my work home for the past 18 years. So, I will be stepping down at the end of May to start the next chapter,” Webster said.
“I’m excited about what is next, and I’ll have more to say on that in the next edition of ‘I Hear Things’, which isn’t going away, by the way. Just as I am doubling down on podcasting, I am also going to be evolving ‘I Hear Things’ into something very exciting, broad-reaching, and ultimately useful for podcasters of every stripe.”
Despite leaving Edison Research, Webster still intends to work with the company as they’ll be partnering on future projects.
“My work with Edison is far from over, and we have established an agreement to partner on many things in the future,” Webster said.
“The attention to getting things right, the clarity, and the moral compass of Larry, Rob, Joe, and Mel (the senior leadership team) and the culture they have set with the rest of Edison is unparalleled. I would say that I would miss them, but I’ll be in their hair for some years to come.”
Kara Swisher: Elon Musk “Has to Be” Rethinking Buying Twitter at $54 a Share
Swisher does believe a deal will occur with Twitter seeing Musk as its new owner despite these claims. However, she thinks the entrepreneur might have another idea: reprice the bid.
Elon Musk made headlines a couple of weeks ago with his decision to purchase Twitter for $44-billion; however, New York Times reporter Kara Swisher stated on the latest episode of The Interview that the Tesla CEO is having second thoughts.
“He has to be. This price is too high,” Swisher said. “[Twitter] is not worth $54 a share. It’s crazy. It’s like throwing money down a hole.”
“He should walk away, pay the billion-dollar breakup fee and then wait until it declines. He could pick it up for $15 billion versus $45 billion. That’s a nice savings. There’s a lot you can do with $30 billion,” Swisher said.
Walking away from the deal for the social media company might not be easy. But, either way, Musk is undoubtedly taking a hard look at his bid of $54.20 per share by what Swisher is conveying, wrapping up that her relationship with the possible new owner of Twitter as an “up and down” one.
“We’ve had beefs,” Swisher said. “He hasn’t returned my emails. He usually does. He’s talking to right-wing people. He’s friends with Mike Cernovich. Good for him. He’s making new friends. I don’t care. I have four children; I don’t need Elon Musk.”
New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal to Block, Ban Posts on Social Media Outlets
Texas lawmakers ruled last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms.
Texas lawmakers have put Big Tech on notice following a ruling last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms with 50 million or more US monthly users.
The 15-word ruling will most likely set the stage for an intense debate in the Supreme Court and could further divide a nation struggling to interpret free speech and the First Amendment.
According to MSN, Texas’s law, HB 20, which seeks to address the perceived imbalance, was blocked in December by a district court judge who ruled it was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Trade organizations NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association have appealed directly to the Supreme Court, according to The Verge. In a statement, NetChoice counsel Chris Marchese said the law strips private online businesses of their speech rights.
“The First Amendment prohibits Texas from forcing online platforms to host and promote foreign propaganda, pornography, pro-Nazi speech, and spam,” he added.
The Texas attorney general’s that the appeals court made the right decision and said it would continue defending the Texas law.
Ted Sarandos to Staffers: Quit Netflix if You Find It Hard to Support Our Content
The Netflix CEO sent an internal memo discussing the diversity of its products and suggested that some content may conflict with people’s personal beliefs.
As streaming giant Netflix continues to hemorrhage subscribers, the company has reportedly told its employees to find a new job if they’re offended by some of the content that is being created.
According to Variety, CEO Ted Sarandos sent an internal memo discussing the diversity of its products and suggested that some content may conflict with people’s personal beliefs.
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful,” the memo said. “If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
According to the company’s first-quarter earnings report, Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period. Some employees staged a walkout when Dave Chapelle railed against transgenderism. At that time, the company vowed not to silence its artists.
Sarandos reiterated that Netflix supports individualism and respects the principles and values of its subscribers.
“While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices,” the memo added.