It's been quite a day, with Facebook making a number of headlines, a blizzard of IPO updates and some acquisition scuttlebutt along with a big Twitter deal. From the TechCrunch side of things, our SaaS event is just around the corner and our space-themed Session is taking off shortly after. Facebook said to ponder name change: Remember when Google created Alphabet, a holding company for its various ambitions?
Elon Musk voiced concerns on Twitter over the recent appointment of Missy Cummings to a key advisory role at the country's top traffic authority, but U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg suggested the Tesla CEO speak to him directly about any concerns instead. "He's welcome to call me if he's concerned," Buttigieg told reporters at an event on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Musk has taken umbrage with the appointment of Duke University engineering and computer science professor Missy Cummings as a safety advisor at the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Twitter has acquired London-based Sphere, which operates an eponymous chat app for groups, the latest in a series of recent moves from the social network as it looks to aggressively broaden and improve its product offerings. Sphere -- founded by Nick D'Aloisio, who previously founded news summary app Summly, which he famously sold to Yahoo at the age of 17 for a reported $30 million -- did not disclose the financial details of the deal. "Much like others, we've been watching and admiring Twitter's growing investment in community-building with the release of Communities, Spaces, and features that promote safety," Sphere said in a blog post.
"Why would you do this unless you wanted to hide something? Like, ya know, not disclosing your tax returns?" one Twitter user mused.
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