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After Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, now Google fires 12,000; Pichai says sorry

COMMENT: Unable to calll a spade a spade, Google CEO Sundar Pichai goes round and round apologising for getting rid of the fat even as experts have no uniform conclusion about what is happening around! 194,000 employees lost jobs in the tech industry in a year in the US. The answer is too simple to occur to them!

On the one hand he is, without rhyme or reason, apologetic for the "hypergrowth" of the two years of the pandemic, but on the other, he says he wanted to save to focus on the new challenges and brace for what is called Generative Artificial Intelligence.

And gentle to a fault, Pichai is organizing a town hall on Monday, to meet the employees he has sacked!

SEE: The text of the email sent by Google CEO Sundar Pichai to the terminated 12,000 employees.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (California, US), Jan 21: The American multinational tech giant, Google has sacked 12,000 employees, about 6% of its parent company Alphabet's total 187,000-strong global workforce, while Microsoft has laid off 10,000 staff.

Google (Alphabet Inc.) CEO Sundar Pichai has emailed the affected staff that their roles do not exist in the company any more. Assuming total responsibility for the brutal action, Pichai indicated that the action is in line with the current economic slump the US is facing.

Pichai said, “Over the past two years we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth. To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today.”

At the same time he also said in his email, “We’ve undertaken a rigorous review across product areas and functions to ensure that our people and roles are aligned with our highest priorities as a company."

“The roles we’re eliminating reflect the outcome of that review,” he said.

However, he said, Alphabet had greatly expanded the workforce recently "for a different economic reality than the one we face today".

In this context only he said, “The fact that these changes will impact the lives of Googlers weighs heavily on me, and I take full responsibility for the decisions that led us here.”

Pichai said the employees in the US had already been notified about the cuts, while in other countries it will take longer due to local labour laws.

He said the company will sharpen its focus on new priorities in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). He sees the necessity of investing more in AI.

It looked like Google feels its search engine is being threatened by ChatGPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer). Microsoft could energise Bing with the chatbot.

The severance package for the US employees include notification period payment (minimum 60 days), at least 16 weeks of salaries, their 2022 bonus, paid vacations, six months of health coverage and a payout for the number of years in service.

194,000 employees lost jobs in tech industry

It has been reported that about 194,000 employees have lost their jobs in the tech industry in the US since the beginning of 2022, involving a thousand companies.

Microsoft will cut 10,000 jobs, it was announced a day ago. It had hired 40,000 during 2021-2022 to match the boom in business due to work, study and entertainment at home during the pandemic, reaching a strength of 221,000 globally. Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella says that post-pandemic the customers are choosing to "exercise caution". They argue the theory of "staff redundancies."

Amazon had terminated a massive 18,000 early this month (of 1,608,000 full- time and part-time employees) and Meta (Facebook) had announced 11,000 job cuts on November 9, 13% of its workforce. Twitter and Salesforce are also cutting jobs to brace for what they claim an economic slump.

The irony is that there is still demand for techies but in areas like AI and analytics.

If recession is the reason, it has not affected jobs in other sectors in the US as much.

Experts have no uniform conclusion about what is happening around! While some say there was a "hypergrowth" while others say "overspending" and some others as failure to see a looming slowdown.


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Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

Five people were arrested from a banquet hall in Sector 51 Noida on Thursday where they were called to hold a rave party in a trap laid by the animal rights group, PFA. They named Yadav but he was not present.

Betting through Dubai-based Mahadev Book in India is conducted through a countrywide network. Probes reveal that the online gambling is worth several millions and top politicians, officials and celebs have been beneficiaries.

TAILPIECE: Polling dates for some States are round the corner. Top politicians have begun their acrimonious debate who looted more, even as Mahadev is washing their dirty laundry in the open ghat. Come what may, one needs to seize power to amass "thy wretched pelf!" One simple question is, why else one should spend lakhs or crores to get elected! A question every Indian should ask to oneself at least once a day!

His inaction amounts to defeating the rights of the people of the State to welfare measures sought to be implemented through the Bills, the Kerala Government's petition submitted, while the State of Tamil Nadu remarked that its "Governor is acting as a political rival."

Tailpiece: Coming up back to back, the petitions in their totality seem to question the provision of Raj Bhavan, and not motives of a Governor as a person.

Hundreds of cars piled up behind the wreckage of crashes occurring one after other in backing up - continuous crashes to the rhythm of metallic clanks and bangs back to back. According to reports, some ops required 'Jaws of Life' to pull apart the mangled cars to save lives inside.

The pilots struggled with Emerson to thwart a shut-off as he reached for the T-handles (see pix). Later he admitted to police he had taken psychedelic mushrooms and had a "nervous breakdown."

Doctors reasoned how the incidence of heart attacks is spiking over time and advise the simple way to play safely is to take a break and rehydrate yourself.

But how come ten people, including children, die of cardiac arrest at Garba in 24 hours, and that at different places of Gujarat? Garba had been going on for six days, and every year it is celebrated.

The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of American popular culture.” “Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she said in a talk at her official residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The social media had mixed reaction. There was much appreciation that she dances better than any VP in American history. But some called her "moves" as “cringe” while others did not like her pink pants - "pink pants don’t look good.” In fact, her ensembles have always been incongruous.

"Let’s see how the (Governor's) Vice-Chancellors are given salary." Mamata's extreme statements will put the Marxist Government in Kerala, which is also facing similar issues, to shame. Has she begun the countdown for a war on the streets?

It's true Mamata has come to see a conspiracy to demolish the established systems across the country, but lacks the ability to foresee what exactly is being pushed.

Brandishing a sword, Mahant Paramhans told reporters on Tuesday he himself will behead MK Stalin's son for his remarks against Sanatan Dharma in case nobody came forward to accept his offer he made in his video. Udhayanidhi reacted to the saint's Monday video, "I will speak more. I am the grandson of the artist who put his head on the rail track for Tamil Nadu."

Somanath elaborated, "I am an explorer. I explore the Moon. I explore the inner space. So it's a part of the journey of my life to explore both science and spirituality. So I visit many temples and I read many scriptures. So try to find the meaning of our existence and our journey in this cosmos. So it's a part of the culture that we are all built to explore, find out the inner self as well as outer self. So for the outer, I do science, for the inner I come to temples." (See videos)

Rao the mathematical legend had fathered the path-breaking Rao-Blackwell theorem, one of the most important theorems in mathematical statistics, at the age of 25. That brought him global fame. He is also famous for his Cramér-Rao Bound inequality theorem relating to quality of estimators in statistics which has had a profound bearing on applications of modern economics and several other diverse fields. Simply put, with the pioneering statistician computation became a tool to analyse even socio-economic challenges of modern times.

The alleged incident has received such a flash publicity that a standardised city's hugely middle class population will have second thoughts about eating outside for some time. Now everything on the table looks suspicious!

“All subjects directly connected to the people should be shifted to the State List. Particularly the subject of education. Only if this is done can cruel exams like NEET be abolished,” Stalin said. Education was moved from the State List to the Concurrent List with the 42nd Constitution Amendment made by the Central Government in 1976.

Decentralisation has been at the core of Tamil politics since the times of CN Annadurai. Stalin indicated there will be political changes in the offing.

TAILPIECE: While the Centre and the States are at loggerheads, it takes a different cognitive acumen to know that entrance tests are not the way for students' admission to courses.

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