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Dropbox laid off 315 people

The company said in an 8K filing that after promising job security throughout 2020, the new year was forcing changes.


The layoffs represent about 11% of Dropbox's total staff, and come as Dropbox is reorganizing entirely around remote work. That's one reason for the layoffs, Drew Houston wrote to his staff: "Our Virtual First policy means we require fewer resources to support our in-office environment, so we're scaling back that investment and redeploying those resources to drive our ambitious product roadmap."

Dropbox also announced that COO Olivia Nottebohm is leaving the company on Feb. 5. She joined the company in February of 2020, so will leave right around her one-year anniversary.

Twitter’s future is newsletters and podcasts, not tweets

With Revue and a slew of other new products, Twitter is trying hard to move past texting.

We started with 140 characters. What now?

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Twitter was once a home for 140-character missives about your lunch. Now, it's something like the real-time nerve center of the internet. But as for what Twitter wants to be going forward? It's slightly more complicated.

In just the last few months, Twitter has rolled out Fleets, a Stories-like feature; started testing an audio-only experience called Spaces; and acquired the podcast app Breaker and the video chat app Squad. And on Tuesday, Twitter announced it was acquiring Revue, a newsletter platform. The whole 140-characters thing (which is now 280 characters, by the way) is certainly not Twitter's organizing principle anymore. So what is?

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David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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