Howdy, tech friends. Jordan Parker Erb here, reporting from Montana.

Did y'all have nicknames growing up? Recently, my team members have taken to calling me "Jerb," a play on my email address (which combines the first letter of my name with my last name). 

It's not the cutest nickname I've ever had, but it makes me laugh, and it's a bit more jovial than one Oracle exec's new moniker: "hatchet man."

Today, my colleagues have an inside look at Oracle's "hatchet man," and how he got the name. 

Let's get to it.

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1. Tasked with cutting costs, Oracle's new marketing team leader has been dubbed "hatchet man." Oracle's marketing team "imploded" following layoffs and the departure of its CMO this summer. NetSuite exec Jason Maynard was tapped to oversee the new, slimmed down organization — but some insiders are skeptical.

  • Maynard's new directive is to keep costs down, current and former employees said. With a background in finance and a laser-focus on revenue, sources say Maynard may be the right person, at the right time, to lead Oracle's sales operations and marketing. 
  • However, some employees have raised concerns, citing his lack of communication and enterprise expertise: Since Maynard's appointment as the head of Revenue Operations, he has only had one call with his staff, according to a person familiar with the situation.
  • That lack of communication has contributed to the "complete chaos" sources described to Insider following widespread layoffs in August.

Meet Oracle's "hatchet man."

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8. Seventeen states may follow California in banning the sale of gas-powered cars. California is expected to officially pass a rule banning the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks in the state by 2035, and more than one-third of US states may soon follow its lead. These states may be next.

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Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email [email protected] or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Hallam Bullock (tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.

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