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Solar Opposites returns for its third season next week on Hulu, bringing with it some wild and surreal new adventures for its alien characters—as well as its tiny-human characters and its regular human characters, to boot. Coming from one of the creatives behind Rick and Morty and Star Trek: Lower Decks, you’d expect a lot of sci-fi influences go into its creation. But what about… a beloved HBO cop show from the mid-2000s?

Let Mike McMahan explain. At a recent Solar Opposites press day, io9 asked him about “the Wall”—a storyline in the series that follows the humans who’ve been trapped in a bedroom wall by one of the alien replicants (basically, the teenagers of the show) after being randomly targeted by a shrink ray. They build an entire society in there, and it’s full of drama as huge as they are miniscule. “The original version of the Wall was when we thought Solar Opposites was going to [be a regular network series], like airing across from Family Guy and The Simpsons, and we were going to sneak in occasional episodes where we went back to it. [Co-creator Justin Roiland] and I [wrote] a little one-off joke of the replicants shrinking somebody down, putting them in the wall. You think you’re never going to see it again,” McMahan said. “And then weirdly, like how Simpsons would do Itchy and Scratchy, we’d start an episode and visit it. And once we were pitching it to Hulu [as a streaming series], we changed the formula. We told the Hulu execs in the pitch, ‘We want to do this thing with the Wall. We want it to take over the show. We want it to be a big thing first season, and then second season, we’re going to do it again with a new sci-fi concept. We won’t go back to the Wall, we’ll do a little sci-fi bit and then we’ll go running with that.’”

Of course, as McMahan explained, that’s not what ended up happening. “Then we made the first season and we had [voice actors like] Alfred Molina, Christina Hendricks, Andy Daly, we had all these funny people, and we were like—why would we stop doing the Wall? We love this story. We love that it changes tone from the first season with, like, Escape from New York mixed with War of the Roses, Game of Thrones. Second season was a murder mystery that ends up in the backyard, with like a Furiosa moment. And, you know, the third season [starts off by] closing off some of the storylines in the wall from the previous two seasons, and then it opens up into a creature feature.” He stopped himself there, not wanting to spoil season three. But there’s more to say about the Wall, including that HBO reference!

“As comedy writers, if we went in and pitched just that show to Hulu, they’d be like, ‘OK, thanks, bye.’ You know what I mean? That sounds ridiculous,” he said. “But it’s almost like, Solar Opposites is on Hulu and the Wall is on the Solar Opposites network. We almost get to greenlight our own weird things that we get excited by. In season three, because we got a couple of additional episodes, we were like, ‘Wait a minute, we have room for the Wall, we have room for the family of aliens. But we also have room to do the original concept, which is that other little moments start turning into more epic storylines.’”

In season three, that’s the “Silvercops”—intergalactic space police who are no fans of Shlorpians, the race that the Solar Opposites aliens belong to. They’re also not especially fans of humans. “We have a four or five season arc with Silvercops,” McMahan reveals. (Solar Opposites has already been renewed for a fourth season on Hulu.) “We’ve written season four, the Silvercops return, the Wall returns—we’re getting to do these worldbuilding things that you usually don’t ever get to do. But because it’s inside of a show, because we’ve given ourselves a creative allowance to build in unexpected, heavily dramatic, frankly ludicrous stories with tiny little people, or pseudo-Green Lantern-y, crooked, The Wire-style cops. And that’s where it all came from, in the very beginning—Justin and I like it in that in The Wire, they would change the B-story, right? So there was the dockworkers season, there was the reporter season, there was the school season. That mechanism and that structure of The Wire was so intoxicating that we were like, ‘How do we do the comedy version of that? How do we change things, but always make it feel like it’s the show?’ It feels like we’re doing it, because we have a blast doing it. And I love seeing the audience like that aspect of the show, but I also love the aliens. It has to all [fit] together or the distribution of it will be counterbalanced and it won’t feel exactly right.”

Solar Opposites returns for its third season July 13 on Hulu. We’ll have more on the series coming soon!


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A few weeks ago, Meta terminated a large number of people across its workforce from all over the world. All in all, about 13 per cent or roughly 11,000 people were terminated as the company was preparing itself for some tough times ahead. While terminating, the social-media-turned-tech giant had promised a handsome severance package to all the employees it had terminated. However, a group of ex-Meta employees are now reporting that they are not getting the severance they were promised.

Meta employees were told that they will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company, and 6 months of health insurance for family members. However, some employees are getting only 8 weeks of basic pay and 3 months of health insurance. Image Credit: AFP

When they were being terminated, Meta employees were told that they will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company. Zuckerberg also said that health insurance for those employees and their families will continue for six months.

A group of Meta workers who joined the company via a corporate training program have revealed that they are receiving inferior severance packages as compared to other workers who were recently laid off.

The employees who are being shortchanged are members of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program, a program that was intended to help workers from diverse backgrounds obtain careers in corporate technology recruiting. The Sourcer Development Program is part of Meta’s Pathways program, which helps people with non-traditional professional backgrounds obtain apprenticeships at the social networking giant for various roles. Nearly every member of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program was let go from the company as part of its massive layoff.

Members of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program said they are only going to get 8 weeks of base pay and three months of health coverage. The workers said it’s unclear why they are receiving lower severance packages than their colleagues, considering they were full-time employees and not contractual staff.

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On November 16, the group sent a letter to Zuckerberg and other Meta executives, including Meta’s head of people, Lori Goler and chief operating officer Javier Olivan, informing Meta management about their severance situation and asking for help resolving the issue.

“Even our former managers insisted we were confused and that all the information they were getting was that we were offered 16 weeks of pay and 6 months of health insurance,” the group wrote in the letter.

They later added, “Leadership may not have been aware that the last SDP class, which began in April 2022, was repeatedly assured by their leadership that any potential layoff would not impact their current employment but would likely impact the company’s ability to consider them for a full-time role.”

The impacted Meta workers have also said they have not received any replies from Meta’s human resources and management staff explaining their situation.


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Exclusive: London-based Chattermill, which analyzes customer feedback data across channels to give companies actionable insights, raised a $26M Series B led by Beringea (Paul Sawers/TechCrunch) – TalkOfNews.com

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Have you gone to your notifications tab on Twitter, only to see nothing there? You’re not alone. Users have increasingly reported broken notifications in recent days. And while Twitter didn’t respond to questions about why, it’s hard not to see a possible correlation with the mass layoffs of software engineers instigated by new owner Elon Musk, who took over the social media company in late October.

Gizmodo has experienced Twitter notifications breaking at least three times over the past week, with the most recent outage happening Monday night. Bringing up the notifications tab, which shows other users responding to your tweets, brings up a rooster graphic on mobile or just a blank page with “nothing to see here” displayed on the web.

Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, even posted a screenshot on Monday showing his completely empty notifications. Stone, who has over 2.6 million followers, sarcastically tweeted, “Can’t wait for someone to mention me!”

The notice that users see on Twitter when using the web when notifications have been broken.

The notice that users see on Twitter when using the web when notifications have been broken.
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Twitter Spaces, a feature where users can host audio chats, has also been having problems over the past week, with one user getting Musk’s attention on the problem. But the entire Twitter Spaces team was reportedly fired during one of Musk’s recent purges.

It’s unclear if the glitches are a direct result of Twitter firing thousands of people in a number of diverse roles, including everything from engineering to sales. While anecdotally there are people on the platform who claim the number of child exploitation images is down since Musk took over, it’s hard to imagine that’s true when Musk has absolutely gutted the child safety team. In fact, the child safety team for all of Asia, based in Singapore, has just one full time employee right now, according to Wired UK. That means just one person is looking out for child exploitation material that may originate in Japan, with 59 million Twitter users, the company’s second largest market after the U.S.

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Musk’s takeover of Twitter was mired in controversy from the start, with the billionaire trying to back out of the $44 billion deal at one point. But Musk was ultimately forced to buy the company and has instituted changes that have alienated advertisers and been friendly to far-right extremists. Even Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, has been welcomed back on the platform. Meanwhile, high-profile left-leaning accounts like the anarchist collective CrimethInc, are getting purged.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment late Tuesday. Gizmodo will update this article if we hear back. But given the fact that Twitter reportedly fired its entire communications team, we’re not going to hold our breath.


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