Microsoft Streamlines Video Game Division with 1,900 Job Cuts

Microsoft announced Thursday that it will cut 1,900 jobs in its video game division, which includes Activision Blizzard. The staff memo from Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Gaming, stated that the job cuts will affect the video game giant Activision and will amount to nearly 9 percent of Microsoft’s 22,000-person video game team. Spencer also mentioned that Microsoft will continue to invest in areas to grow the business and bring more games to players worldwide. The acquisition of Activision Blizzard was completed in October after a year of regulatory hurdles. Additionally, the head of Activision Blizzard, Mike Ybarra, announced on social media that Thursday would be his last day at the company. Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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