Techmeme
January 22, 2023, 5:50 PM

Top News

New York Times:
Emails and sources: Google fired 16% of its ~400-person Fuchsia OS team, Research cut jobs in lower traction areas, and Cloud cut operational and other roles  —  The layoffs amount to about 6 percent of the global work force at the company, the latest tech giant to make cuts after a pandemic hiring spree.
Aaron Tilley / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's lean hiring may help the company avoid layoffs; Apple's workforce grew ~20% from 2019 to 2022, Amazon's grew 100%, Meta 94%, Alphabet 57%, Microsoft 53%  —  The iPhone maker's workforce grew 20% in the past three years, a far slower pace than rivals  —  Tech Layoffs Pile Up as Bosses Reverse Course
The Daily Dot:
CommuteAir took down a 2019 copy of the US No Fly List, after a researcher said they found it on an unsecured server and that it had 1.5M+ entries, many aliases  —  One of the most sensitive U.S. government documents was left online.  —  An unsecured server discovered by a security researcher …
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Microsoft has laid off the entire teams behind the virtual reality platform AltspaceVR, which will shut down in March, and the Mixed Reality Tool Kit framework  —  HoloLens, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality are all but dead at Microsoft.  —  What you need to know
Eric Wallerstein / Wall Street Journal:
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Q&A with Netflix co-CEOs Greg Peters and Ted Sarandos about shared leadership, what role Reed Hastings may play, adding FAST channels, the ad tier, and more  —  So that's what an orderly transfer of power looks like.  —  While Disney chief Bob Iger ousted every potential threat …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at Mittens, a ruthless Chess.com bot with a kitten avatar introduced on January 1 that is driving more people than ever to play in the site's history  —  A ruthless bot with an innocuous avatar is driving chess players crazy  —  The heels of the chess world have included Soviet grandmasters …
Keri Blakinger / The Marshall Project:
How some US incarcerated people use contraband mobile phones to educate themselves, make TikToks, find love, publicize prison conditions, earn money, and more  —  Despite the security concerns of administrators, incarcerated people use phones to hustle, make TikToks or publicize prison conditions.
Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
Creators from India's hinterland are going viral on YouTube Shorts and running into copyright issues for “fact channels” that add context to other users' videos  —  A new generation of creators found success on YouTube Shorts.  Now, YouTube is after them for violating its community guidelines.

Sponsor Posts

SignalFire:
We need startups to fight prompt injection, the top LLM security risk  —  Check out our AI security market map, and reach out if you're building a way to defend chatbots from this new hacking technique.
Tribe AI:
Is AI just hype?  —  Find out how top enterprises use Tribe to get real business results.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Discover the top reporters on AI, VR, policy, and much more  —  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl to identify the most influential and prolific writers on 48 news topics.  Download reports immediately for just $100.
Zoho:
Craft the perfect job description with Smart Assist  —  A job description (JD) is often your first line of communication with candidates.  This is your opportunity to share what you expect out of the role and what life is like at your company.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Fri. 02/23 - Reddit To IPO And Nvidia To The Moon
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 5:50 PM ET, January 22, 2023.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Annie Palmer / CNBC:

Earlier Picks

Dietrich Knauth / Reuters:
Can Duruk / Margins:
Sarah Wynn / The Block:
Lora Kolodny / CNBC: