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Elon Musk Hires George Hotz, Who Hacked iPhones As A Teen, To Fix Twitter Search

George Hotz has been hired as an intern at Twitter for 12 weeks. (File)

Since Elon Musk finalized a $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter at the end of October, the company’s workforce has fallen to a fraction of its original number through layoffs and layoffs. Meanwhile, the “Chief Twit” has hired Geroge Hotz, the man who shot to fame hacking iPhones in 2007, as a Twitter intern for 12 weeks.

According to a Twitter conversation between Mr Musk and Mr Hotz, the former iPhone hacker has been hired to fix the “broken” search feature on the platform and remove the unremovable login popup that appears when someone tries to browse . Mr Hotz received the offer from Twitter’s new boss after appreciating Mr Musk’s ultimatum to Twitter employees to go “extremely hardcore” or leave.

“This is the attitude that builds incredible things. Let all the people who don’t desire greatness leave,” said Mr. Hotz. “I’ll put my money where my mouth is. I’m up for a 12 week internship at Twitter for living expenses in SF. It’s not about raising capital in a dead world, it’s about making the world alive ,” he added in a separate tweet. To this, Mr. Musk responded with an offer to talk. “Sure, let’s talk,” he wrote.

In another message, Mr. Hotz said that he had accepted his offer. He clarified that he has been hired as an intern at Twitter for 12 weeks to fix the microblogging site’s “broken search”. “I’m also trying to get rid of that unremovable login popup after you’ve scrolled a bit, these things are ruining the internet,” Mr. Hotz wrote.

Meanwhile, as far as Mr. Hotz’s background is concerned, he is a security hacker known for developing iOS jailbreaks and reverse engineering Play Station 3. According to Tech CrunchMr. Hotz also founded Comma.ai – a driver assistance startup that aims to bring Tesla Autopilot-like functionality to other cars – after falling out with Mr. Musk after allegedly trying to hire him at Tesla. take, but “the conditions kept changing”.

At the time, Tesla stated that Mr. Hotz’s bold claims that his technology could beat Autopilot’s were “extremely unlikely.” However, the former iPhone hacker promptly set out to prove Mr. Musk and the rest of Tesla wrong.

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