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Tech News Of The Week: Complaint against ‘Google job cuts’, Apple CEO happy on India sales; government’s ‘Pakistan warning’ on Zip files and other tech news of the week | – Times of India

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Google employees fired over Israel protests filed a complaint with the NLRB while the company is also shifting some core team roles to India and Mexico. TCS CEO K Krithivasan says he does not agree with the concept that the Artificial Intelligence (AI) boom will reduce jobs. Meanwhile, an unsettling email from a Microsoft VP expressing worry about AI’s future reportedly spurred investment in OpenAI.In a related news, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at “very exciting things” in AI and expressed delight with Apple’s performance in India. All this and other top tech news of the week.

Employees fired by Google over Israel protests file complaint with NLRB

Google fired some 50 employees for protests related to its contract with the Israel government. Claiming their termination to be illegal, these Google employees filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an attempt to get their jobs back. The complaint claims that Google unlawfully terminated them and that these firings violated their rights under US labour law to advocate for workplace issues. Read more.

Google to move some ‘Core team’ jobs to India and Mexico

Google reportedly laid off 200 employees from its Core teams. According to a report by CNBC, just ahead of its blowout first-quarter earnings report on April 25, Google laid off at least 200 employees from its “Core” teams, in a reorganisation that will include moving some roles to India and Mexico. Read more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook promises “some very exciting things” in AI

Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted at the company’s upcoming generative AI features, claiming that Apple has “advantages” that will set it apart from the competition. During the company’s second-quarter fiscal 2024 earnings call, Cook expressed excitement about revealing what Apple has been working on at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. Read more.

“We are very, very pleased about…” Tim Cook on how Apple’s doing in India

Soon after Apple posted double-digit growth in India during the March quarter of 2024 despite an overall 4 percent revenue decline year-over-year, CEO Tim Cook said he couldn’t be more “pleased” about the company’s robust performance in the country. In a post-earnings conference call, Cook stated, “We did grow strong double-digit. And so we were very, very pleased about it.” Read more.

TCS CEO says he doesn’t see AI cutting jobs in India and worldwide

TCS CEO K Krithivasan has said that he does not per se agree with the view that generative AI would lead to an overall reduction in jobs. He challenged the notion that generative Al would lead to an overall reduction in jobs, arguing that “the world is going to need more and more people, not fewer people, in terms of technology talent – and India has so many people.” Read more.

Google wants the US government to update immigration rules on Green Cards

Google has called on the US government to modernise its immigration policies, particularly the Schedule A list, to attract and retain top artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity talent from abroad. In a letter to the Department of Labor, the tech giant warned that the current policies could lead to a loss of valuable talent in these critical sectors. Read more.

A ‘very, very worried’ email from Microsoft VP led to OpenAI investment

Microsoft’s investment in OpenAI was driven by concerns over Google’s Al dominance as the company aimed to bridge the AI gap. The move addressed internal worries about falling behind in Al development, influencing Microsoft’s search product improvements and highlighting the impact on AI innovations. Read more.

Government sounds alarm over zip files, warns of Pakistan-linked security threat

Indian authorities have issued a caution to their personnel regarding a cyber threat group with ties to Pakistan. This group is exploiting a flaw in the WinRAR software to introduce trojans like AllaKore and Ares into government networks. WinRAR is commonly used for managing compressed files, it is a file archiver utility for Windows that can create and view archives in RAR or ZIP formats. Read more.

Vivo v30e launched in India: Price, specs and more

Vivo V30e is here. Vivo has expanded its V30-series lineup with the launch of Vivo V30e in India. The smartphone sports an AMOLED display and it sports a 50MP front camera. The smartphone packs a Qualcomm chipset and is backed by a 5,500 mAh battery. Vivo V30e comes in two variants – 8GB+128GB and 8GB+ 256GB versions priced at Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. Read more.

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