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Before we dive in, hear me gossip about Snapchat + on Inside update. Enjoy!
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1. Snapchat just launched a paid subscription plan. For $3.99 per month, Snapchat+ subscribers will have access to some new features, including changing the app icon and seeing who has viewed their Stories more than once.
- Some features (such as pinning a friend’s chat to the top of the chat history as “BFF”) will remain exclusive to subscribers, but features based on interactions with others will eventually be released to all users.
- Snapchat + will launch this week in several countries, including the US, UK and Canada, before rolling out elsewhere.
- The launch of Snapchat’s subscription service comes just one month after Snap’s chief executive told employees that the company plans to slow hiring and warned investors about declining revenue growth.
In other news:
2. Tesla now tracks office attendance. The company monitors how often workers use their badge to sign in, and screenshot Sent by a Tesla employee that shows the automaker is emailing workers who haven’t adequately “entered”. More on Tesla’s attendance policy.
3. DTC Darling Allbirds at an inflection point. After an initial public offering valuation of $4 billion, the consumer-oriented athletic shoe company continued to lose money, and shares plunged 85%. Analysts share what Allbirds must do to stand a chance against Nike or Adidas.
5. An internal email shows that Amazon has tested a new employee survey. In the face of attrition and executive turnover, the company has experimented with a new HR program that aims to measure employee morale throughout the week. Here’s how it worked.
6. Alphabet discloses salary data in visa applications, and reveals how much employees earn. Alphabet isn’t just limited to Google – it has a slew of exciting projects, from self-driving cars to delivery drones. Check out our highest base salary offer here.
7. Instagram is increasingly managing accounts that use the word “abortion”. Resource groups and users advocating for access to — and information about — the medical procedure say Instagram has been hiding, banning and even dropping accounts since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. What we know so far.
8. People are using deepfakes to apply for remote technology jobs. In a public announcement, the FBI said it saw a slight rise in complaints about candidates superimposing videos on themselves to appear as someone else during an interview. Beyond the increase in deepfakes.
Possibilities and endings:
9. Hyundai just revealed a futuristic electric sedan. While we don’t know much about the car yet, we do know that it will have a curvy, streamlined look – and that it uses cameras instead of mirrors. Take a look at Ioniq 6.
10. An Uber driver says she doubled her monthly tips after getting a Tesla. In an interview with Bloomberg, Heidi Barnes said customers were “more generous” after she traded in her Toyota Camry for a Tesla Model 3 — and that she earned $2,600 in 25 days.
What we are watching today:
- The House Financial Services Task Force is hosting a hearing on Combating the “Tech Brothers” Culture It’s 12 p.m. Eastern time.
- Micron et al. report earnings. Keep up the profits here.
- The Xbox’s TV app will be available on 2022 Samsung Smart TVs in 27 countries.
- Shareholders of Spirit Airlines are set to vote on the proposed merger with Frontier Airlines.