Google lays off workers, Tesla cans its Supercharger team and UnitedHealthcare reveals security lapses | TechCrunch

Google lays off workers, Tesla cans its Supercharger team and UnitedHealthcare reveals security lapses | TechCrunch

Welcome, folks, to the Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch's regular newsletter that recaps the past week in tech. This edition is a bit bittersweet for me — it will be my last (for a while, anyway). Soon, I'll be turning my attention to a new AI-focused newsletter, which I'm very excited about. Stay tuned!

Now, with the news: Google this week Laid off staff from our Filter, Dart and Python teams. Weeks before its annual I/O developer conference. A total of 200 people were let go in Google's “core” teams, including those working on app platforms and other engineering roles.

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

and Andrew Witty, CEO of UnitedHealthcare, told a House subcommittee that the ransomware gang that hacked US health tech giant Change Healthcare – a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare – used a set of stolen credentials not protected by multi-factor authentication to access Change Healthcare systems. were Last week, UnitedHealthcare said hackers Stolen health data on “a substantial proportion of people in the United States.”

A lot more happened. We recap all of that in this edition of WiR—but first, a reminder Sign up To receive the WiR newsletter in your inbox every Saturday.


Hallucination, Hallucination: OpenAI is facing another privacy complaint in the EU. This – Filed by the non-profit organization Privacy Rights. noyb On behalf of an individual complainant — its AI chatbot takes aim at ChatGPT's failure to correct inaccurate information it generates about individuals.

Step out of Sam's Club: Sam's Club customers who pay either at the register or through the Scan & Go mobile app can now exit the store without double-checking their purchases. technology, The unveiling At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, it has now been deployed at 20 percent of Sam's Club locations.

TikTok Violates Apple's Rules: TikTok is offering some users with a website link to buy coins used to tip digital creators on the platform. Normally, these coins must be purchased through in-app purchases — which require Apple to pay a 30% commission — suggesting that TikTok is trying to circumvent Apple's App Store rules.

NIST's GenAI Platform: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Department of Commerce agency that develops and tests tech for the U.S. government, companies, and the broader public, has launched NIST GenAI, the Generative AI Technologies. is a new program to review, with text- and image-generating AI.

Gutierrez points out: Getir, a hub for quick trade, has shunned the US, UK and Europe to focus on its home country of Turkey. The company — once valued at close to $12 billion — said the move would affect thousands of gig and full-time workers.


Tech stars inside the “Cold War”: Dome's stunning reporting lifted the curtain on a year of financial losses and job cuts at startup accelerator Techstars, whose CEO, Maëlle Gavet, has been a controversial force for change.

AI Powered Coding: You really take a look at the Copilot Workspace, somewhat of an evolution of GitHub's AI-powered coding assistant Copilot into a more general tool – like building on recently introduced capabilities. Copilot chatwhich lets developers ask questions about the code in natural language.

Autonomous Car Racing: Tim Stevens dives into the Abu Dhabi racing event after a driverless car collided with a Formula 1 driver.
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