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The Ninja Turtles in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.

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Nickelodeon’s short-lived Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles may have caught flack when it first debuted, but it soon found itself an audience that’s been very happy to sing the show’s praises for years. Now that the newest iteration of the Turtles have landed their own movie on Netflix, which also holds the complete first season, it’s been the perfect time to talk about what the future could’ve held (and possibly still does?) in store for this new take on Leo, Raph, Mikey, and Donnie.

On Saturday, Rise fan Colin Stein held a Twitch stream of the film that featured several members of the show’s production crew, including executive producer Ant Ward, character designer Bryce Collins, storyboard artist Laura Gille, and series director JJ Conway. Beyond hearing the crew discuss what had to be cut from the film for length or neat ideas—there’s a version of this movie where April could’ve piloted a mech version of Raph that Donnie made, and the prologue originally featured the show’s main cast as older, battle-tested heroes in the Krang-controlled future of New York—there was some discussion on things the crew wanted to do with the show before they learned it was ending sooner than expected.

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The show’s second season had noticeably a shorter episode count than the first, and there was plenty left on the cutting room floor, including an episode that would’ve been a parody of the Star Wars Holiday Special, of all things. One plotline that had to be cut entirely was the Turtles having other siblings who Splinter failed to save when he escaped from the Hidden City of New York. One of these siblings would’ve wound up in Baron Draxum’s possession, and the other would’ve been raised by the Hidden City’s spider crime boss, Big Mama.

Another casualty of the truncated season was Karai, reimagined in Rise as an ancestor to the Turtles. The character was close to being cut from entire season entirely on the basis of not being able to give her any real character with a small handful of episodes. Even after Ward convinced the crew to keep Karai around, having her die to save the Turtles understandably didn’t feel great to much of the staff. So the writers chose to have her live on by transferring her soul into April. Before her death, though, she would’ve had more time to spend with the Turtles on an individual basis.

Had Rise made it to season three, the Krang would’ve become the primary villains of that particular season, followed by the Rat King in a hypothetical season four. Following the movie, the show’s tone would gradually switch from goofy slapstick (said to be mandated by Nickeldeon) to a darker tone, a space that the the Rise movie occupies for most of its runtime via the Krang. Unlike previous incarnations, the Krang in Rise aren’t played for laughs, and the crew wanted to get as far into body horror as they were allowed. Presumably, the surviving Krang taken into custody would’ve served as that big bad.

The entire stream contains other interesting nuggets of information for fans to pore over, such as what the Rise crew hoped to do with the Hidden City and the ideas they had for the show’s version of Casey Jones. Maybe in a not-too-distant future, we’ll see this iteration of the Turtles—sorry, the Mad Dogs—get a second chance at life, as other animated superheroes have before. By all accounts, it sounds like this show had more than enough gas left in the tank.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is out now on Netflix, and the show can be watched on Netflix or Paramount+.

[H/T Rise of the TMNT Daily Clips]


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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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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.

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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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