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Jeff Lawson, chief executive officer of Twilio Inc., during the Singapore FinTech Festival in Singapore, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. Software provider Twilio said Monday it would lay off roughly 5% of its workforce citing underachievement in the growth of a unit that activist investors have targeted. The cuts will strike deepest in Twilio's Data and Applications unit, the same unit activist investors at Legion Partners and Anson Funds are pushing Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson to divest. Lawson said in his letter that Twilio will also change how it sells its Flex digital engagement product. Anson and Legion have pushed Twilio to sell the Data & Applications unit, if not the whole company.
Persons: Jeff Lawson, Twilio, Anson, Legion, Lawson, hasn't Organizations: Twilio Inc, Singapore FinTech Festival, underachievement, Legion Partners, Anson Funds, CNBC, Securities, Exchange Commission, Communications, Legion Locations: Singapore
OpenAI's tender offer, which would allow employees to sell shares in the start-up to outside investors, remains on track despite the leadership tumult and board shuffle, two people familiar with the matter told CNBC. The round and previously reported valuation were jeopardized by Sam Altman's temporary ouster earlier in November, but his return cleared the way for the tender offer to proceed. The extension of the tender offer comes after a rollercoaster couple of weeks for the company. OpenAI's other major backers include Founders Fund, Sequoia Capital and, following the completion of the tender offer, Thrive Capital. Founders Fund will not participate in the tender offer either, a person familiar with the firm said.
Persons: Sam Altman, Josh Kushner's, Sam Altman's, Altman, Satya Nadella, Greg Brockman, OpenAI, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D'Angelo, Nadella, — CNBC's Ari Levy, Jordan Novet, Elon Musk Organizations: Economic Cooperation, APEC, CNBC, Microsoft, Employees, Brockman's, Tiger Global, Fund, Sequoia Capital, Bloomberg Locations: Asia, San Francisco , California, OpenAI
Hackers who compromised Okta's customer support system stole data from all of the cybersecurity firm's customer support users, Okta said in a letter to clients Tuesday, a far greater incursion than the company initially believed. An Okta spokesperson told CNBC that customers in government or Department of Defense environments were not impacted by the breach. It also makes Okta a high-profile target for hackers, who can exploit vulnerabilities or misconfigurations to gain access to a slew of other targets. Bloomberg first reported on the letter to Okta customers. Okta first disclosed earlier this month that its customer support system had been hacked but said at the time that around 130 customers were impacted by the breach.
Persons: Okta Organizations: CNBC, Department of Defense, MGM, Caesars, Bloomberg
Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, arrives for the Inaugural AI Insight Forum in Russell Building on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)U.S. chipmakers are at least a decade away from "supply chain independence" from China, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang told CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin. "But total independence of supply chain is not a real practical thing for a decade or two." "The most critical technology that we build, the leading edge of it is not made available to China," Huang told Sorkin. Nvidia is still a decade ahead of those companies, Huang said in specific reference to sanctioned Chinese manufacturer Huawei.
Persons: Jensen Huang, Tom Williams, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin, Huang, Biden, Sorkin Organizations: NVIDIA, Inc, Getty Images, Nvidia, New York Times, DealBook Conference, Huawei Locations: China, U.S
Activist investor Anson Funds has built a stake in Twilio and sent a letter to the enterprise software company's board pushing for the sale of the entire business, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC. The letter to the board urges Twilio to either sell itself or at a minimum, divest its data and applications business, the person familiar said. "Twilio regularly engages with shareholders and appreciates constructive input that furthers our goal of creating sustainable long-term value," a Twilio spokesperson told CNBC in a statement. The continued activist attention caps off a challenging year for Twilio, which makes software that helps businesses engage with their customers. In March, Silver Lake and CPP Investments announced a deal to take survey software company Qualtrics private in a $12.5 billion deal.
Persons: Jeff Lawson, Anson, Twilio, Sagar Gupta, Gupta Organizations: Twilio Inc, New York Stock Exchange, CNBC, Legion Partners, The, Twilio, Communications, Tech, Investments, IBM, Cisco, CNBC PRO Locations: New York, Twilio, Silver
A factory at the mobile phone plant of Rising Stars Mobile India, a unit of Foxconn in Tamil Nadu, India, on July 12, 2019. Foxconn Technology will invest more than $1.5 billion in an Indian construction project to fulfill the Apple supplier's "operational needs," the company announced in Taiwanese security filings Monday. Foxconn is a major Apple supplier and has significant operations in mainland China. Those lockdowns, alongside general geopolitical tumult, have prompted Apple suppliers such as Foxconn to reassess their concentrated presence in China. Foxconn has already announced multiple projects inside India, including a $600 million project in Karnataka state and a $500 million factory in Telangana state.
Persons: Foxconn Organizations: Stars Mobile India, Foxconn Technology, Apple, Technology, Technology India Mega Development Locations: Tamil Nadu, India, Technology India, Maharashtra, China, Karnataka, Telangana
Sam Altman will return as CEO of OpenAI, the startup said early Wednesday morning on X, formerly known as Twitter. The move follows immense pressure from employees and investors on the board that ousted him less than a week ago. Former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers will join OpenAI's board, the Microsoft-backed startup said, with Taylor holding the chair position. Adam D'Angelo, co-founder and CEO of question-and-answer startup Quora, will remain on the board. That followed an announcement late Sunday that OpenAI had hired ex-Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as Altman's interim replacement.
Persons: Sam Altman, Salesforce, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Taylor, Adam D'Angelo, OpenAI, Ilya Sutskever, Altman, Satya Nadella, Greg Brockman, Emmett Shear, Mira Murati, msft, Nadella, Sam, Greg, OAI Organizations: OpenAI, Twitter, Microsoft, Tiger, Sequoia Capital Locations: openai
Jack Guez | Afp | Getty ImagesAfter a weekend of crisis and tumult, Sam Altman has returned as the CEO of OpenAI. Nathan Laine | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesBret Taylor, board chair Bret Taylor is currently a board member at the e-commerce platform Shopify . It isn't clear if Taylor's involvement with his own AI startup will cease with his appointment to lead OpenAI's board. OpenAI's board fired Altman Friday after determining he was "not consistently candid in his communications," but its members never elaborated further. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty ImagesIlya Sutskever Ilya Sutskever co-founded OpenAI and serves as its chief scientist.
Persons: Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, Jack Guez, Altman, There's, Satya Nadella, Nadella, Here's, Bret Taylor, Nathan Laine, He's, Elon, Taylor, Salesforce, Larry Summers, David A, CNBC Larry Summers Larry Summers, Clinton, Summers, Jack Dorsey, Adam D'Angelo Adam D'Angelo, D'Angelo, Helen Toner, CSET, Vox, Jerod Harris, Helen Toner Helen Toner, Toner, Tasha McCauley, Carlton Laguna Nigel, Tasha McCauley Tasha McCauley, Joseph Gordon, Levitt, McCauley, Ilya Sutskever Ilya Sutskever, Sutskever, Greg Brockman, Brockman, Brockman's, Sven Hoppe Organizations: Tel Aviv University, Afp, Getty, Microsoft, CNBC, Sequoia, Tiger Global, Salesforce, Viva Technology Conference, Bloomberg, Google, Economic, Grogan, Harvard University, Obama, Economic Council, Twitter, Meta, Facebook, The Ritz, Carlton, Georgetown University's Center for Security, Emerging Technology, Philanthropy, Business Development, Ritz, Rand Corporation, GeoSim Systems, AFP, University of Toronto, Stanford, Technical University of Munich Locations: Tel Aviv, Paris, Davos, Switzerland, Washington, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point , California, Russian Israeli, Canadian
Hundreds of OpenAI employees, including co-founder and board member Ilya Sutskever, have signed a letter demanding that either OpenAI's remaining board members resign or those OpenAI employees will join Sam Altman's new venture at Microsoft , reports said. Five hundred and five OpenAI employees have signed the letter, Kara Swisher reported, representing the overwhelming majority of OpenAI's headcount. Multiple OpenAI employees voiced their support on social media as well. Altman was forced out Friday by OpenAI's board, including Sutskever, which cited unspecified issues with his communications. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Sunday announced that Altman and fellow OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman would join the company in a new, largely independent venture.
Persons: Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, Sam Altman's, Kara Swisher, Mira Murati, Brad Lightcap, Murati, Twitch, Emmett Shear, Sutskever, Altman, OpenAI's, Altman's, Satya Nadella, OpenAI, Greg Brockman, OpenAI wasn't, — CNBC's Jordan Novet, Hayden Field Organizations: OpenAI, Tech, Microsoft, Wired, CNBC, Sunday Locations: Laguna Beach , California, Sequoia, OpenAI
Leah Millis | ReutersOpenAI's unusual company structure weakened Sam Altman's position as CEO and left him open to surprise on Friday when he was quickly ousted from the company. But Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman, who also left OpenAI Friday, didn't have the power that Kalanick had. "I have no equity in OpenAI," Altman said in a May Senate hearing on A.I. OpenAI's capped profit structureThe easiest way to think of OpenAI's structure is to picture a waterfall. Limited returnsOpenAI added its capped profit OpenAI Global subsidiary in 2019.
Persons: Sam Altman, OpenAI, Chuck Schumer, Leah Millis, Sam Altman's, Travis Kalanick, Altman, Greg Brockman, didn't, Kalanick, John Kennedy's, Kennedy, Organizations: Intelligence, Senate, U.S, Capitol, Reuters, OpenAI, Microsoft, OpenAI Inc, Global Locations: Washington , U.S, OpenAI
OpenAI investors are pushing to bring back Sam Altman as CEO one day after he was ousted by the board, according to people familiar with the matter. Sequoia Capital has also been in contact with Altman, a person familiar with knowledge of the matter told CNBC. Sequoia also informed Microsoft that it would back efforts to bring back Altman and Brockman, the person said. The Verge first reported on the talks to bring back Altman. In addition to ousting Altman, the company removed Brockman, the chairman, from his board leadership position but said he would remain as president.
Persons: Sam Altman, Altman, Greg Brockman, it's, Sequoia, Brockman, Altman didn't, Mira Murati Organizations: Microsoft, Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, CNBC, Sequoia Locations: Silicon Valley, OpenAI
Google pays Apple more than a third of its search advertising revenue from Safari under the terms of the two companies' search default agreement, an Alphabet witness said in open court Monday amid a protracted antitrust battle between Google and the Department of Justice. The 36% figure, which was not previously known to the public, is one of the clearest indications of how lucrative Google's search deal has been for both Apple and the search engine company. The search default agreement is a major focus of the proceedings. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi has estimated in a note to clients that Apple would see $19 billion in 2023 revenue as a result of the search engine default deal with Google. "Everybody talks about the open web, but there really is the Google web," he said on the stand.
Persons: Kevin Murphy, Department's, John Schmidtlein, Murphy, Amit Mehta, Bernstein, Toni Sacconaghi, Apple, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Nadella, Microsoft's Bing Organizations: Google, Apple, Safari, Department of Justice, University of Chicago, Williams, Connolly, Bloomberg News, Microsoft
(Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday confirmed that Google pays Apple 36% of Safari search revenue, under the terms of a default search agreement that is core to the Justice Department's antitrust claims. Pichai was testifying in a separate lawsuit filed against Google by Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite. The Epic attorney then alleged that Google pays Samsung, Android's largest hardware partner, less than half of what it pays to Apple. Google's TAC costs include all of Google's payments to companies like Apple and Samsung to place its search engine in front of users. Apple, Google and Samsung did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment on Pichai's testimony.
Persons: Sundar Pichai, Mandel NGAN, MANDEL NGAN, Pichai, Google's, Kevin Murphy, Murphy, Connolly, John Schmidtlein, Leswing Organizations: Artificial Intelligence, Getty, Google, Apple, Epic Games, Washington , D.C, Samsung, Google's TAC, University of Chicago, Williams, Department, D.C Locations: Washington ,, AFP, Virginia, Washington
Longtime Salesforce executive Denise Dresser has been appointed CEO of Slack, Salesforce co-founder and chief executive Marc Benioff announced Monday. Dresser becomes the third CEO of the Salesforce unit since it was acquired by Salesforce in 2020. She has been a Salesforce executive for more than 12 years, according to her company biography and LinkedIn profile, most recently as president of accelerated industries. Dresser will take the top job at Slack after its most recent CEO, Lidiane Jones, accepted the chief executive role at dating app Bumble earlier this month. Most notably, Slack founder Stewart Butterfield and Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor departed in the span of two weeks in December 2022.
Persons: Technology Denise Holland Dresser, Casey Hurbis, Shilpa Sharma, Denise Dresser, Slack, Salesforce, Marc Benioff, Dresser, Lidiane Jones, Jones, Bumble, Whitney Wolfe, Benioff, Denise, Arthur Andersen, Stewart Butterfield, Bret Taylor, Butterfield, — CNBC's Ari Levy, Jordan Novet Organizations: Communications, Media, Technology, Rocket, Boston Consulting, Salesforce, CNBC, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Oracle, Big Locations: Beverly Hills , California, Salesforce
The current release of the game, "Grand Theft Auto V," is the second best-selling game of all time by units sold after Microsoft -subsidiary Mojang's Minecraft. Rockstar's franchises, which include Grand Theft Auto but also Red Dead Redemption, have helped fuel Take-Two's share price growth and $23.16 billion market cap. Investors and consumers alike have long awaited the release of the next Grand Theft Auto game. In August, when the company reported its fiscal 2024 first-quarter earnings, total net bookings grew 20% year-over-year to $1.20 billion. Among the largest contributors, the company said in a release, were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V.Take-Two wasn't immediately available to add further comment.
Persons: Sam Houser, hasn't, It's, Strauss Zelnick Organizations: Interactive, Theft, Twitter, Rockstar Games, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Rockstar, Investors
Shares of cloud monitoring software firm Datadog surged nearly 30% in Tuesday trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings and full-year guidance. The company reported quarterly revenue of $547.5 million, up 25% year-over-year, topping estimates. Datadog reported adjusted earnings per share of 45 cents, better than the 34 cents that analysts expected. Datadog stock fell significantly in August after it revised its guidance down, citing continued reduction in cloud spending by companies. Datadog builds cloud monitoring and security products that work with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.
Persons: Olivier Pomel, Datadog, Pomel Organizations: Datadog, LSEG, Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Nasdaq Locations: San Francisco, Snowflake
The WeWork logo is displayed outside of a shared commercial office space building in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 2023. The bankruptcy filing is limited to WeWork's locations in the U.S. and Canada, the company said in a press release. The company reported liabilities ranging from $10 billion to $50 billion, according to a bankruptcy filing. Valued in 2019 at $47 billion in a round led by Masayoshi Son's SoftBank, the company tried and failed to go public five years ago. The company leases millions of square feet of office space in 777 locations around the world, according to its regulatory filings.
Persons: WeWork, Patrick T, Fallon, PATRICK T, FALLON, David Tolley, Masayoshi Son's SoftBank, Adam Neumann, Neumann, Kirkland, Ellis, Cole Schotz, PJT, CNBC's Ari Levy Organizations: Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Getty, New York Stock Exchange, CNBC, PJT Partners, C Street Advisory Group, Alvarez, Marsal Locations: Los Angeles , California, AFP, New Jersey, U.S, Canada
WeWork's dizzying rise and protracted fall into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday largely hinged on one man: Adam Neumann. By the time it filed for bankruptcy protection, WeWork was worth a mere $45 million. "As the co-founder of WeWork who spent a decade building the business with an amazing team of mission-driven people, the company's anticipated bankruptcy filing is disappointing," Neumann said in a statement to CNBC. In all, despite being removed from a management role years earlier, Neumann reportedly collected around $770 million in cash from the 2021 SPAC process alone. Neumann also still retained a stake in the company valued at around $722 million when WeWork debuted in 2021, Bloomberg reported.
Persons: Adam Neumann, WeWork, Neumann, who'd, outsized, SoftBank, it's, Andreesen Horowitz, there's Organizations: CNBC, Bloomberg Locations: WeWork, U.S
The company had previously guided to $1.5 billion in full-year adjusted EBITDA but now expects adjusted EBITDA to come in between $1.66 billion and $1.68 billion. Block is guiding to adjusted full-year operating income of $205 million to $225 million, a sharp increase from prior guidance of $25 million. Analysts surveyed by LSEG had expected full-year revenue guidance to come in at $21.54 billion. The company didn't provide full-year revenue guidance but did guide to $875 million in adjusted operating income for 2024. Cash App revenue soared $3.58 billion 34% year over year, while Square revenue grew 12% to $1.98 billion.
Persons: Jack Dorsey, LSEG, Block, Gross, we've, Dorsey Organizations: Twitter, Mana Convention, Cash Locations: Wynwood, Miami , Florida
Elon Musk bought Twitter to save it from the "mind virus," a phrase he has used to refer to so-called "woke" or left-wing thinking, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX said in a podcast appearance with Joe Rogan. And the outcome of that mind virus is very clear if you walk around the streets of downtown San Francisco." Rogan compared that "mind virus" to "a death cult." In December, Musk wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the "woke mind virus is either defeated or nothing else matters." Earlier in 2022, Musk wrote that "there needs to be a counter-narrative" to woke thinking that Musk claimed had "thoroughly penetrated entertainment."
Persons: Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, Musk, Rogan, hadn't, " Rogan, It's, Tesla, Austin Organizations: Tesla Inc, AI, Bletchley, SpaceX, Twitter Locations: Bletchley, UK, San Francisco, Delaware, Palo Alto , California, Austin , Texas, California, Palo Alto, Texas
Cybersecurity firm Splunk , set to be Cisco's largest-ever acquisition, announced Wednesday it would lay off approximately 7% of its global workforce, months ahead of the deal close. Splunk had nearly 8,000 employees as of January, according to its regulatory filings, meaning that around 500 employees will likely lose their jobs. "Within the next 24 hours, each ELT member will communicate with their organization to summarize any changes to their teams," Steele wrote. Shortly after the announcement, Steele and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins discussed the deal on a call with analysts. Companies such as Google and Microsoft have cut thousands of employees, while many venture-backed companies have become so-called "zombie startups."
Persons: Splunk, Gary Steele, Steele, Chuck Robbins, Robbins Organizations: Cisco, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, SEC, CNBC, Google, Microsoft Locations: Krakow, Poland, U.S
Airbnb shares slipped more than 3% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company reported stronger than expected revenue, buoyed by currency tailwinds, but provided weaker-than-expected guidance for the upcoming fiscal quarter. That may not be comparable to the $2.10 expected by analysts according to LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv Revenue: $3.40 billion, vs. $3.37 billion expected. Excluding that one-time benefit, the company reported quarterly net income of $1.61 billion compared to $1.21 billion in the year-ago quarter. Revenue grew 18% year-over-year, the company said. The company guided to $2.13 billion to $2.17 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, representing year-over-year growth ranging from 12% to 14%.
Persons: Brian Chesky, Airbnb, LSEG Organizations: Airbnb, CNBC, New York Stock Exchange, Revenue Locations: U.S
"We allege that, for years, SolarWinds and Brown ignored repeated red flags about SolarWinds' cyber risks, which were well known throughout the company," SEC enforcement director Gurbir Grewal said in a press release. SolarWinds went public in 2018, and made only "generic" disclosures about cybersecurity risk in both its prospectus and in continued filings, the complaint said. However, the SEC alleged that SolarWinds and Brown knew that the company's cybersecurity practices were weak, pointing to an internal presentation from Brown that was made the same month SolarWinds went public. It appears to be one of the first times the SEC has alleged a company misled and defrauded investors over cybersecurity risks. In reality, Brown knew that the company was not following those best practices, the SEC alleged.
Persons: SolarWinds, Tim Brown, Brown, Gurbir Grewal, weren't, Solarwinds, Kevin Thompson, Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Mr, Alec Koch Organizations: SolarWinds Corp, New York Stock Exchange, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, software, Orion, unf, Regulators, MGM Resorts, CNBC Locations: New York, U.S, Russian, Clorox, SolarWinds
Apple announced new PC chips, MacBook Pro laptops, and a new iMac model at an unusual night-time launch event on Monday. The new computers, including MacBook Pro and iMac models, go on sale next week, and have the same designs as last year's models only with new chips. Apple's iMac hadn't been refreshed since April 2021, and its MacBook Pro models got a chip upgrade back in January. Apple executives at the launch event on Monday emphasized that the machines are significantly faster and more efficient than Intel -based Macs, which started being phased out in 2020. Apple also cut the price of its entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro, from at least $1999 to $1599, although it gets a less powerful M3 chip, instead of the "Pro"-level chip on last year's model.
Persons: Apple Organizations: Apple, MacBook, Intel
Apple on Wednesday raised the prices for a number of its flagship services offerings, including Apple TV+, Arcade and its bundled offering, Apple One. Apple TV+ will now cost $9.99 a month, up from $6.99. The price increase comes after Apple upped the price in 2022 from $4.99. Apple One, the bundle package used by many families to access Apple's services at a lower price will also increase, with the top-end Premier package now costing $37.95 a month. "The subscription prices for Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Apple One will increase in the US and select international markets beginning today," an Apple spokesperson told CNBC.
Persons: Apple, Kif Leswing Organizations: Apple, CNBC, Disney, Netflix, Apple Arcade
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