weekly newsletter, Week in Review (WiR), which provides an overview of the IT world for the previous week why Google fires employees. I find this issue to be a little melancholy because it will be my last (at least for a while). I’m excited to be turning my focus soon to a new newsletter that focuses on artificial intelligence. Keep checking back!

Google fires employees
Now for the news: A few weeks prior to its yearly I/O developer conference, Google fired employees from its Python, Dart, and Flutter teams this past week. Across Google’s “Core” teams, 200 employees were let go, including those in engineering roles and app platforms.

In another round of layoffs, Tesla CEO Elon Musk eliminated the group in charge of managing the company’s Supercharger network, despite recently winning over significant

manufacturers such as General Motors and Ford. The extent of the reduction is such that Musk implied in an email that Tesla will be forced to reduce the rate at which the Supercharger network expands.

Additionally, Andrew Witty, the CEO of UnitedHealthcare, testified before a House subcommittee that the ransomware group that breached Change Healthcare, a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, utilized a set of credentials that had been stolen to gain access to Change Healthcare systems that were not secured by multifactor authentication. UnitedHealthcare announced last week that a “substantial proportion of people in America” had had their health data stolen by hackers.

Many more things occurred. We go over everything in this issue of WiR, but before, don’t forget to subscribe so you can get the WiR newsletter delivered straight to your inbox every Saturday.

Why Google fires employees?

Oh my gosh, hallucinations OpenAI is dealing with an additional privacy grievance in the

  1. This one, made on behalf of a single complainant by the privacy rights group noyb, focuses on ChatGPT’s incapacity to rectify false information it creates about people using AI.

    Simply walk out of Sam’s Club: Customers of Sam’s Club can now leave the shop without having their goods verified again if they pay at a register or using the Scan & Go mobile app. Since its January debut at the Consumer Electronics Show, 20% of Sam’s Club locations have used the technology.

    TikTok gets around Apple regulations by sending certain users to a website where they can buy the coins needed to pay the platform’s digital creators. These coins may usually only be purchased through in-app purchases, which come with a 30% commission.

paid to Apple, implying that TikTok may be trying to get around the App Store regulations.

The GenAI platform at NIST: NIST GenAI is a new effort to evaluate generative AI technologies, including text- and image-generating AI. NIST is an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department that develops and tests technology for the U.S. government, businesses, and the general public.

Elsewhere, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gutted the company’s team responsible for overseeing its Supercharger network in a new round of layoffs — despite recently winning over major automakers like Ford and General Motors. The cuts are so complete that Musk suggested in an email that they’ll force Tesla to slow the Supercharger network’s expansion.

And UnitedHealthcare’s CEO, Andrew Witty, told a House subcommittee that the ransomware gang that hacked U.S. health tech giant Change Healthcare — UnitedHealthcare’s subsidiary — used a set of stolen credentials to access Change Healthcare systems that weren’t protected by multifactor authentication. Last week, UnitedHealthcare said that the hackers stole health data on a “substantial proportion of people in America.”

Lots else happened. We recap it all in this edition of WiR — but first, a reminder to sign up to receive the WiR newsletter in your inbox every Saturday.

Getir withdraws: In order to concentrate on its native Turkey, Getir, the swift commerce giant, has withdrew from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. The company, which was formerly valued at about $12 billion, stated that thousands of full-time and gig workers would be impacted by the change.

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