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TikTok is testing the idea of allowing its creators to charge subscriptions for their content, a spokesperson told The Information. Earlier Wednesday, rival Instagram announced it was offering paid subscriptions to a small group of influencers. Currently ByteDance-owned TikTok supports tips, which let fans send creators money through their profiles. Viewers can also react to videos by buying...

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With just a month left on the calendar, 2022 could wind up being the worst year for U.S. mergers and acquisitions since 2017. But a barrage of deals could begin next year as investors and executives adjust to a new economic normal, bankers, lawyers and investors told The Information. A number of factors could spur deal-making. Investors are likely to get more clarity on interest rates,...
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A Former Amazonian Hits Bumps in Push to Make Microsoft More Secure
When Microsoft last year recruited Charlie Bell, a top product engineering executive at Amazon Web Services, it was a major coup for the software giant.
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‘I’m Licking My Chops. I Know It’s Going Down’: The Pissed-Off Crypto Traders Who Predicted—and Profited From—the FTX Implosion
Ishan Bhaidani had been patient for over a month, waiting for blood in the water. Now was his moment.
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Where Google Has Grown
Alphabet has doubled the headcount in its Google Cloud unit since early 2019, according to data obtained by The Information, outstripping Alphabet’s overall hiring growth.
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The Information’s Top Tech-Adjacent Gifts for 2022
After the roller-coaster ride of the past month, everyone needs a little retail therapy. So, in honor of Black Friday and the upcoming holiday season, we’ve put together our annual gift guide, asking The Information’s staffers to share their favorite tech and tech-adjacent purchases of the last year.
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Employees Aren’t the Only Ones Suffering From Burnout
We’re living in a split-screen world when it comes to burnout and the employee experience. On one side are all the investments CEOs and human resources executives have been making in recent years—and especially since the pandemic began—to support employee well-being and mental health.
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Aptos, Mysten Valuations Look Sky-High With FTX Out of the Picture
Before it spiraled into bankruptcy, FTX spent hundreds of millions of dollars splashing out on investments in crypto startups.