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Dell Technologies is considering options for its 81% ownership of VMware, including selling off its stake or buying the rest of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported . Dell shares jumped more than 20% and VMware shares rose 12% in after-hours trading in the wake of the report. This is the latest of several instances where Dell and EMC, the storage company it acquired for $67 billion in...

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YouTube’s Ad Revenue Falls Again; More U.S. Pressure on TikTok
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A continued decline in YouTube ad revenue spells bad news for creators who earn money from the video-sharing site. On Thursday, Alphabet said YouTube’s ad revenue fell nearly 8% to $7.96 billion during the fourth quarter compared with the same period a year earlier. That’s the second straight quarter of decline.
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Musk’s Twitter Scores Super Bowl Deals, a Boon for Struggling Ad Business
After weeks of turmoil and layoffs, Twitter’s sales team in recent weeks has reorganized to focus more on big advertisers and launch new ad products, such as its recently released digital confetti.
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A New Bubble Is Forming for AI Startups, But Don’t Expect a Crypto-like Pop
Venture capitalists have dumped crypto and moved on to a new fascination: artificial intelligence. As a sign of this frenzy, they're paying steep prices for startups that are little more than ideas.
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Stop Paying People So Much
Every startup leadership team wrestles with the trade-offs between growth and profitability. This is fitting and ever shall be.
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Revenues Rise at Alphabet’s Biggest ‘Other Bet’ But So Do Losses
Verily, by far the biggest Alphabet unit by revenue after Google, continues to post heavy losses, according to previously undisclosed financial information.
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Meta Declares ‘Year of Efficiency’ as Revenue Stagnates
We’re in the middle of Chinese New Year celebrations at the start of the Year of the Rabbit. At Meta Platforms, though, it’s the “year of efficiency,” as CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared Wednesday on announcing fourth-quarter results.
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Cameo and Rally Shutter NFT Products, #Paid Conducts Layoffs
I’m kicking off today’s newsletter with some news: Creator services from Rally to Cameo are ditching crypto features that generated lots of buzz during the pandemic.