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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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Marking a fierce but interesting competition among the billionaires, adventure specialist Richard Branson launched commercial space travel from his 'Spaceport America' on Sunday, pipping the world's richest man, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, to the post, becoming the early bird to fly to the edge of space as the first private space tourist nine days earlier than his rival. Although he did not cross the Karman line.

President Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Bill making June 19 a federal public holiday to commemorate the symbolic end of chattel slavery in the US.

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While the rationalists debunk the episode as a ploy to make up for the losses in offerings during the corona lockdown, the believers stick to their claim, they have seen it after all! The claim of Shankaralinga temple resembles the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk in Delhi way back in 1995. Although they belong to two different branches of science.

After his reappearance, Alibaba's Hong Kong-listed shares went up by 8.5%. The Chinese billionaire made his public appearance on Wednesday. (SEE Video: Davos 2015 - An Insight An Idea with Jack Ma - A conversation with Jack Ma, Founder and the then Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, on leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of commerce: Interviewed by Charlie Rose, Anchor, CBS News, USA)

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