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Video game giants had a miserable second quarter as the pandemic gaming boom hits a wall

A gamer plays on Sony’s Playstation 5 console at his home in Seoul. Yelim Lee | AFP via Getty Images The giants of the video game world saw their sales slide in the second quarter, as initial tailwinds from the Covid pandemic faded. In the three months ended June, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo each posted …

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Bankrupt crypto lending platform Celsius withdraws motion to hire CFO back at $92,000 a month

Celsius on Thursday was sued by former investment manager Jason Stone, as pressure continues to mount on the firm amid a crash in cryptocurrency prices. Stone has alleged, among other things, that Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky (above) was “able to enrich himself considerably.” Piaras Ó Mídheach | Sportsfile for Web Summit | Getty Images Embattled …

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Why Mark Zuckerberg’s other big bet, outside the metaverse, is Whatsapp for business

Facebook’s new rebrand logo Meta is seen on smartpone in front of displayed logo of Facebook, Messenger, Intagram, Whatsapp and Oculus in this illustration picture taken October 28, 2021. Dado Ruvic | Reuters WhatsApp is already widely popular with U.S. consumers. Now Meta Platforms is turning more attention to building its small business base. The …

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Some consumers are cutting back on restaurant spending, but CEOs say not all chains are affected

Howard Schultz David Ryder | Reuters Some restaurants are reporting weaker sales or declining traffic in the second quarter, signaling that diners are cutting back on eating out to save money. But CEOs are split on how consumer behavior is changing and whether it’s impacting their companies. McDonald’s Chris Kempczinski and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Brian …

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Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a debate on bots

Centi-billionaire Elon Musk provoked Twitter and challenged the company’s CEO Parag Agrawal to a “public debate” about fake accounts and spam in the midst of a contentious legal battle over a $44 billion acquisition. Musk filed a bid with the Securities and Exchange to acquire Twitter back in April this year. After the companies agreed to …

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Netflix is expanding its push into video games, but few subscribers are playing along

Netflix is accelerating its push into video games with plans to double its catalog of offerings by the end of the year, but for now, few of the streaming giant’s subscribers are playing. Since last November, the company has been rolling out the games as a way to keep users engaged between show releases. The …

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If you’re ‘unretiring’ and collecting Social Security, here’s what to know before heading back to work

Kelvin Murray | Getty Images A combination of record high prices and a record number of job openings has been encouraging more retirees to go back to work. The trend, called “unretirement,” rebounded this spring to pre-pandemic levels. About two-thirds, or 68%, of retirees would consider returning to work, according to a recent CNBC All-America …

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California DMV accuses Tesla of deceptive practices in marketing Autopilot and Full Self-Driving options

Brand new Tesla cars sit in a parking lot at a Tesla showroom on June 27, 2022 in Corte Madera, California.  Justin Sullivan | Getty Images News | Getty Images The California Department of Motor Vehicles has accused Tesla of engaging in deceptive practices around the marketing of its driver assistance systems, which are branded …

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Twitter-Musk drama escalates as both sides hurl claims of bad behavior in new filings

The Twitter-Elon Musk saga continued this week, as the two parties traded barbs in legal filings ahead of a five-day trial that’s scheduled to start Oct. 17. Newly released legal documents from lawyers representing Musk in a countersuit against Twitter claim the social media company engaged in a scheme to “mislead investors” by providing false …

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Danger ahead: The U.S. economy has yet to face its biggest recession challenge

A person removes the nozel from a pump at a gas station on July 29, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images You’d be hard-pressed now to find a recession in the rearview mirror. What’s down the road, though, is another story. There is no historical precedent to indicate that an …

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