By John Gruber
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Sony Is Laying Off 900 PlayStation Employees, 8 Percent of Workforce

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Sony says it’s laying off around 900 employees of its PlayStation division, a reduction of its global headcount of around 8 percent. Sony’s layoffs will impact a variety of its PlayStation studios, including Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games, and Firesprite. Sony’s layoffs are the latest...

Thu Feb 29, 2024 03:37
Richard Lewis Dies of Heart Attack at 76

Larry David: Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him. Here’s a great story about Lewis — “the menschiest of mensches” — from...

Thu Feb 29, 2024 03:16
Are Customers Returning Vision Pros in High Numbers? Seemingly Not.

Ming-Chi Kuo: According to my survey of the repair/refurbishment production line, the current return rate for Vision Pro is less than 1%, with no anomalies. Does Ming-Chi Kuo really know how many Vision Pros are being returned? I don’t know. Probably not. But two weeks after Vision Pro went on sale there was a bizarre rash of stories...

Thu Feb 29, 2024 03:07
★ Poll Results on Apple’s FineWoven iPhone Cases

Prompted by a post from Joanna Stern complaining about the durability of Apple’s FineWoven iPhone cases — the new material replacing their previous leather cases — I ran a poll over the weekend on Mastodon, Threads, and Twitter/X, with identical phrasing on all three platforms: If you own an Apple FineWoven iPhone case and have used it regularly...

Thu Feb 29, 2024 02:17
Textpattern Turns 20

Stef Dawson, on the Textpattern blog: Twenty years ago, the landscape was very different. There was advertising, sure, but nowhere near the scale of today. And, perhaps to celebrate the fact that Dean Allen’s newly created CMS was so small, nimble, lightweight, yet powerful — or perhaps because its creator was an eccentric genius — the...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 21:26
Lina Khan Has Been a Terrible FTC Chair

Eric Seufert, in a thread on Threads: I’ve been critical of the FTC’s strategy under Khan; in a recent podcast episode, I likened the FTC to the Washington Generals of technology antitrust. As conveyed in the Commission’s report by the FTC’s own staff, Khan seems to be engaged in an activist crusade moored to a very specific ideological...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 21:19

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