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Twitter employees ‘could leave in droves’ during Elon Musk saga: analyst

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Elon Musk’s attempt to terminate his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter will likely trigger a protracted legal battle and a period of turmoil for the social media company that could lead to a mass exodus of employees, according to a prominent tech analyst.

“It’s a code red for the company,” Wedbush Securities tech analyst Daniel Ives told Insider.

“Employees could leave in droves.”

Twitter last week laid off a third of its talent acquisition team as economic headwinds take their toll on the tech giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ives said that Musk’s bid to kill the deal and the likely court battle will lead to increased scrutiny of the company, which may now be “viewed as damaged goods.”

Musk has accused Twitter of failing to provide accurate information about the prevalence of spam and bot accounts. Twitter has denied the allegation.

Twitter employees have been urged by management not to comment publicly on the merger.
Twitter employees have been urged by management not to comment publicly on the merger.
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Elon Musk's attempt to kill his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter has thrown the social media company into tumult, according to analysts.
Elon Musk’s attempt to kill his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter has thrown the social media company into tumult, according to analysts.
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Shares of Twitter nosedived just as the opening bell rang on Wall Street on Monday morning. The company’s stock was down nearly 6% as of 9:35 a.m. on Monday.

“[Musk’s announcement over the weekend] throws the company into a tailspin,” Ives said. “I think Twitter’s gonna be bruised through this. It’s gonna have to navigate this.”

Twitter executives are anticipating the unrest that the saga will generate among its workforce.

Nick Caldwell, the general manager for core technologies at the San Francisco-based company, tried to reassure his charges that “we’ll be OK.”

Caldwell took to Twitter’s internal Slack channel late on Friday night and wrote a lengthy message to company employees, Insider reported.

“Phew! This is a lot,” Caldwell wrote to employees.

“Getting the ‘u ok?’ text messages from my parents and friends today was no a great feeling,” he wrote.

“Nor was seeing the confusion from fellow Tweeps across our slack channels and on my home feed.”

Caldwell added: “That said, I DO think we’ll be okay.” 

Twitter executives are also urging employees not to tweet or comment publicly about the recent brouhaha.

An internal company memo to employees tells staffers to “refrain from Tweeting, Slacking, or sharing any commentary about the merger agreement,” according to The Verge.

“We will continue to share information when we are able, but please know we are going to be very limited on what we can share in the meantime,” the company told employees in the memo.

While Twitter workers fret, Musk appears to be enjoying himself online while mocking the social media company’s management.

The Tesla  CEO tweeted a meme which included photos of himself “reacting” to the legal battle with increasing levels of amusement – and referenced the likelihood of more revelations of the number of spam bots within Twitter’s user base.

“They said I couldn’t buy Twitter, then they wouldn’t disclose bot info,” the meme says. “Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court, now they have to disclose bot info in court.”

Musk also shared a meme featuring a photo of actor Chuck Norris alongside a chessboard with the caption “Chuckmate,” though it’s unclear if that image was a reference to his looming battle with Twitter’s board.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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