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51 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Elon’s Two-Day War with Apple + How to Beat an A.I. Censor + S.B.F.’s ‘Bad Month’
Elon Musk accuses Apple of trying to sabotage Twitter. But after his visit with Apple’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, things are … good? Then, the New York Times reporter Paul Mozur on the tactics Chinese protesters are deploying to avoid the most sophisticated censorship apparatus in the world. Plus: S.B.F. says it’s been a “bad month.” Additional Reading: Elon Musk accused Apple of threatening to pull Twitter from its App Store and tweeted about Apple’s “secret 30 percent tax” on developers for in-app purchases. The company has again delayed the launch of Twitter Blue as it seeks a way to avoid paying Apple’s 30 percent fee for the service. Later, Musk said the “misunderstanding” with Apple had been resolved after he met with the company’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, at Apple’s headquarters. Layoffs at Twitter gutted the company’s child safety team, which is responsible for removing child exploitation. Musk offered a “general amnesty” for over 60,000 banned accounts on Twitter. Protests in China rippled throughout the country, and citizens found ways to get around the Chinese censorship apparatus. On Wednesday, Sam Bankman-Fried appeared for an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook Summit. We want to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow “Hard Fork” on TikTok: @hardfork
47 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
A Hard Fork in the Road: FTX’s Unraveling and Elon’s Loyalty Oath
The balance sheet contains an apology, the in-house coach is concerned that company executives are “undersexed” and billions in customer funds remain in jeopardy. The wreckage at FTX goes from bad to worse. Plus: Elon’s “extremely hardcore” plan for Twitter 2.0. Additional Resources: George K. Lerner, FTX’s in-house performance coach, said he was shocked by the collapse of FTX. In an interview with Matt Levine, a Bloomberg columnist, Sam Bankman-Fried described his strategy to restore faith in the crypto ecosystem. Bankman-Fried reflected on his actions as chief executive of FTX in a series of Twitter messages with Kelsey Piper, a Vox reporter. Elon Musk told Twitter employees in an email that the company would become an “extremely hardcore” operation. Employees were asked to click yes to be part of the new Twitter or take severance. Musk’s social calendar includes courting comedians and hopping on yachts. We want to hear from you. Email us at email@example.com. Follow “Hard Fork” on TikTok: @hardfork
53 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
A Verified Mess: Turmoil from Twitter to FTX
This week, we go inside Elon Musk’s “dire” warnings, FTX’s spectacular collapse and Meta’s big layoffs. Has the tech industry lost its mind? “Hard Fork” listeners: We want to hear your questions about the tech industry. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check us out on TikTok: @hardforkpod Additional Resources: Elon Musk told Twitter employees the company faced a bleak financial picture in a meeting with staff on Thursday and in his first companywide emails. The world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance, said it had reached a deal to buy its competitor FTX, which was on the verge of collapse. The news about FTX had left crypto investors scrambling. Is the collapse of FTX crypto’s Lehman Brothers moment? Meta announced layoffs of 11,000 employees, accounting for about 13 percent of its work force.
39 minutes | Nov 4, 2022
Life Under Musk: Two Twitter Employees Speak Out
“We cross our fingers and hope to make it through another day.” Twitter hasn’t spoken publicly since Elon Musk bought the company a week ago. But inside, employees describe a mood of fear, chaos, stress and bizarre requests to print out code. Additional Resources: Members of Elon Musk’s inner circle, including the podcast hosts David Sacks, Jason Calacanis and Sriram Krishnan, are advising Mr. Musk on changes at Twitter. Engineers at Twitter were told to print out their most recent software code to show to Mr. Musk. Under pressure to increase revenue, Mr. Musk considered making Twitter users pay to keep their verification badges. The acclaimed horror author Stephen King was not thrilled by the idea. Twitter’s chief customer officer, Sarah Personette, and several other executives have left the company in recent days. Mr. Musk faces financial challenges in owning Twitter.
57 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
Emergency Pod: Elon Musk Owns Twitter
We look into the company’s weird new future with Times tech reporter Kate Conger. Plus, how Apple is single-handedly deciding the future of the digital economy, and a social media death watch. Guest today: Kate Conger, a technology reporter in the San Francisco bureau of The New York Times Additional resources: Elon Musk has closed the $44 billion deal to own Twitter. In the lead up to the deadline to complete the acquisition of the social media service, Elon Musk visited Twitter’s San Francisco office and sought to reassure advertisers about his plans for the platform through a Tweet. Spotify has struggled to bring audiobooks onto its platform after Apple rejected Spotify’s new app three times. The CEO of Altimeter Capital, the hedge fund and Meta shareholder, wrote a critical open letter to Meta and Mark Zuckerberg.
54 minutes | Oct 21, 2022
Generative AI is Here. Who Should Control It?
We sit down with the founder of Stability AI, Emad Mostaque, on the heels of his $101 million fund-raising round. His open-source Stable Diffusion image generator is the key to unlocking creativity, he says, and “one of the ultimate tools for freedom of expression” — as long as it stays out of the hands of a few censorious tech giants. So what’s this former hedge fund manager turned tech mogul thinking about how this technology could be used — or misused? Plus: A.I. Kevin and A.I. Casey stop by. On today’s episode Emad Mostaque, the chief executive of Stability AI Additional resources “Eshoo Urges N.S.A. & O.S.T.P. to Address Unsafe A.I. Practices” (Press Release, Representative Anna Eshoo of California) “This artist is dominating A.I.-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.” (Melissa Heikkilä, M.I.T. Technology Review) “A Coming-Out Party for Generative A.I., Silicon Valley’s New Craze” (Kevin Roose, The New York Times)
60 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
Legs Are Coming + $36 Burritos + Shocking AI News
Meta is in the fight of its life — and Mark Zuckerberg hopes VR is the answer. Hmmm. Plus, an existential threat to the gig economy and the wildest news in artificial intelligence.
64 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Elon’s Hidden Motives + A Meetup in the Metaverse
The $44 billion Twitter deal is back on the table — and Casey isn’t buying it. Kevin looks for friends in the Metaverse. And the “Hard Fork Transparency Report” debuts. You can read Kashmir Hill’s story here: "This Is Life in the Metaverse."
1 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
What’s a Hard Fork?
Hosts Kevin Roose and Casey Newton explore stories from the wild frontier of tech. What’s real? What’s hype? “Hard Fork” is here to help you make sense of it. Tune in on Friday, Oct. 7.
1 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
We Interrupt This Program
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