Google bets on AI, Twitter has a new CEO and Meta contractors protest

Hello, friends, arrived at the end of the week. Congratulations! That’s an achievement worth celebrating, I’d say. And what better way to ring in the weekend than by recapping the week in technology? This is Week in Review (WiR), TechDigiPro’s weekly news digest, where we highlight the biggest, most impactful and most surprising stories from the last few days. We get it, you’re busy. Therefore, a summary that highlights all the key events.

Before we get to the good stuff, a reminder that on May 17, TechDigiPro Live, TC’s virtual speaker series, will feature Intel Capital’s Mark Rostick and Garima Kapoor, the founder of MinIO, a start-up that is building a Enterprise level, but open source. , object storage solution. On the farthest horizon is TC City Spotlight: Atlanta on June 7, which will host a pitch competition, a panel discussion on investing in the Atlanta ecosystem, and more. Last but not least is Disrupt in San Francisco (Sept. 19-21), a conference packed with expert-led sessions and interviews with the movers and shakers of the tech space. Mark the dates!

Now with that out of the way, here are the main headlines.

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Google I/O, summarized: On the main day of Google I/O, the internet search and advertising giant delivered a rapid stream of announcements during its developer conference, including plenty of reveals of recent AI-related stuff it’s been working on. If you didn’t have time to catch a two-hour presentation, the TechDigiPro team took care of that, delivering story after story about new products and features, plus quick links to the biggest news in an easy-to-digest and understand format. -browse list.

The purge continues: Twitter is purging inactive accounts on its platform, which may free up a number of long-coveted usernames, according to recent tweets from owner Elon Musk. Although Twitter has for years promised to put more usernames back into rotation, it has yet to make any large-scale efforts to do so, despite having an inactive account policy instead suggesting that Twitter users should log in at least every 30 days to prevent accounts from being permanently deleted.

New CEO of Twitter: In other Twitter news, Elon Musk says he has found a new CEO for Twitter. Musk did not initially specify who will take on the role, though The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that NBCUniversal’s head of publicity, Linda Yaccarino, is actively “in talks” for the position. In a tweet, Musk announced that he will transition from his role as CEO of the company to serving as CEO and CTO. The new CEO is expected to start in six weeks, according to Musk.

Leaked Health Records: NextGen Healthcare, an American provider of electronic medical records software, admitted that hackers breached its systems and stole the personal data of more than 1 million patients. in a data breach notification Filing with the Maine Attorney General’s office, NextGen Healthcare confirmed that hackers accessed the personal data of 1.05 million patients, including approximately 4,000 Maine residents.

Rapid lays off workers: Rapid, formerly known as RapidAPI, a startup that built a $1 billion API marketplace last year, laid off another 70 employees less than two weeks after laying off 50% of its staff, TechDigiPro has learned. An affected employee who wished to remain anonymous told TC that there are only 42 people left at the company, down from 230 in April, reflecting an 82% drop in headcount.

Meta contractors protest: Content moderators at Sama, Meta’s content review subcontractor in Africa, protested earlier this week at the company’s Kenyan headquarters demanding their April salary. 184’s moderators have sued Sama for allegedly illegally firing them, after Meta shut down its content review arm in March, and Majorel, the Africa-based social media giant’s new partner, for blacklisting them. following Meta’s instructions.

From Pokemon to Peridot: From the creators of Pokémon Go comes another mobile game that brings cute creatures within our reach: Peridot. Like a ’90s Tamagotchi toy, Peridot is a pet simulator, but it takes place entirely within augmented reality. You can feed, play, walk, breed, and socialize with your Peridots, but don’t worry: if you take a break from the game, your creatures won’t poop on the screen or die.

Text messages, but different: “The medium is the message” is the common phrase, but entrepreneurial Alexis Trena he believes that the messages themselves (text messages, to be exact) also deserve attention. Traina is the CEO and co-founder of HelloNOTE, an app that helps people create messages, placed on custom backgrounds of anything from an overturned wine glass to a branded letterhead notebook page. The idea, he said in an interview with TechDigiPro, is that he wouldn’t get up every day and dress in green, blue and grey, so why do our text messages stick to those colors?


Do you need audio equipment for your trip from Monday to Friday or for the shower? TechDigiPro has you covered. In Equity, the team dove into a couple of new Mayfield funds, plus how Wellthy is helping caregivers feel less overwhelmed and slowing growth at tech companies. About Found, the team spoke with Juliet’s co-founders, who are reinventing boxed wine. He Chain reaction The team released a bonus episode of a fireside chat with Nadya Tolokonnikova, the creator of the Pussy Riot protest art collective, at NFT NYC in April 2023. The TechDigiPro podcast covered Google I/O, including technology, attended talks and demos. To round things out, Tech Crunch live discussed developing anti-aging treatments with James Peyer, co-founder of Cambrian BioPharma, and Maryanna Saenko, co-founder and partner at Future Ventures.


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Visions of a colorful future: How far has the psychedelic medicine industry come in the last 12 months? Well, it depends where you look. A recent survey indicates that rather than simply looking for attractive opportunities, investors and founders are increasingly focused on building the foundations of an industry that can harness the power of psychedelics to change lives.

AI is eating search: News from Google’s AI-soaked developer event this week makes it clear that we’re on the cusp of a new era of search. Following Microsoft’s shaping of OpenAI technology into Bing, Google is experimenting with its own AI technology and opening up new ways to use search. It is clear that we are about to see the first major revisions in the market for finding information on the Internet in a long time.

Salesforce embraces generative AI: Salesforce is investing more and more in generative AI as it becomes clear that the technology has the potential to transform the way we interact with software, allowing us to describe what we want instead of clicking or tapping.

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