The Morning After: Zuckerberg v. Musk, the cage fight?

Thanks for ruining jiu-jitsu, guys.

Mark Zuckerberg

Would you watch two billionaires tussle in a cage match? What if it was the owners of Facebook and Tesla? This all started when Elon Musk said he was "up for a cage match if he [Zuckerberg] is," in response to tweets about Meta’s incoming Twitter rival. Musk responded. Mark Zuckerberg posted a screenshot of the exchange as a story on his Instagram account with the note: "Send Me Location." Zuckerberg has been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for around a year now, and his efforts have been well documented – he even competed in a tournament back in May and won gold and silver medals. Musk: he said he has a great move called The Walrus. Hmm.

– Mat Smith

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Qualcomm has a deal to power Sony handsets in a multi-year deal.


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