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Twitter Is Being Sued For Not Paying Rent

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 1, 2023 by itnerd

I suspect that in the coming days, this will be a story that repeats itself. I say that because as you might be aware, Twitter isn’t paying rent in the buildings that it occupies on the orders of Elon Musk. At the time, I said this:

If Elon wants to get sued out if existence, this is a great way to do it. Not paying your rent and not paying severance at the very least will be expensive. And I am pretty sure that in the worst case, some government or law enforcement agency would investigate this to see if it’s illegal.

Well a lawsuit has been filed over Twitter not paying rent:

Twitter Inc. was sued for failing to pay $136,250 in rent for its office space in San Francisco.

The landlord, Columbia Reit – 650 California LLC, says it notified Twitter on Dec. 16 that it would be in default on its lease for the 30th floor of the Hartford Building in five days unless the rent was paid. The tenant failed to comply, Columbia Reit said in the complaint, filed Thursday in state court in San Francisco.

Twitter hasn’t paid rent on its headquarters, or any of its other global offices, in weeks, the New York Times reported on Dec. 13. The company was also sued earlier this month for refusing to pay for two charter flights.

Twitter, which doesn’t have a media department, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Lawsuits are expensive and I think that Elon is about to find out that it would have been cheaper to pay rent than to not pay rent and dare landlords to sue him. And now that lawsuit number one has been filed, I fully expect others to come thick and fast. And Elon will want to reexamine his life choices as a result.

My Favourite Tech Of 2022

Posted in Commentary on January 1, 2023 by itnerd

Because I cover and review tech, I come in contact with a lot of products. But only a handful of them really got my attention over the last 12 months. So in no particular order, here’s what caught my eye in 2022:

Apple Watch Ultra: Finally, Apple addressed most of the criticisms that many Apple Watch users had. There’s a new design that looks completely different from every other Apple Watch. There’s longer battery life and a bigger screen. And most importantly, it’s more durable. While it’s not a “Garmin killer”, it does give an incentive for Apple Watch users not to defect to Garmin if they need a more sports focused Apple Watch.

TCL 50″ Class 5-Series 4K QLED Dolby Vision HDR Smart Roku TV – Model 50S535-CA: Good TV’s don’t have to cost a lot. And the TCL Class 5-Series TV is an example of that. You get a TV with real HDR hardware in it along with the Roku TV platform at a good price. That makes this TV a good option for those who want good picture quality and don’t want to spend a pile of money to get it.

Mujjo Full Leather Case For iPhone 14 Pro: You could argue that an iPhone case is an unusual addition to this list. But this is a very well crafted and well designed iPhone case that adds some stile to your iPhone. It’s pretty clear that a lot of time and attention went into this case. Which means that you’ll get a lot of positive comments every time you’re seen with it.

Ekster Carbon Fibre Cardholder: This isn’t tech as such as it falls into the everyday carry end of the spectrum. But having a cardholder that is super light and super stylish for daily use is really great for me as I don’t notice that the cardholder is in my pocket. As a result, I’ll never go back to the “dad wallet” again.

Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless Mouse and DeltaHub Carpio 2.0: These two items have changed how I work at my desk. I say that because this combination has taken away the stress on my wrist that I’ve had when using your typical traditional mouse. If you’re someone who has had wrist issues when using mice, I highly recommend giving this combo a try as it’s worked wonders for me and it might do the same for you.

Is there a particular piece of tech that caught your attention in 2022? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.