Hello from The Sun London readers. Nathan Reynolds, associate editor, here.
It’s a scary time at Google. It looks like the company’s search monopoly is finally coming under some pressure.
With Microsoft’s AI-powered Bing looming large and TikTok emerging as a major threat, news that the EU could force the tech giant to dismantle its advertising business could be a particularly devastating blow.
Now let’s move on to today’s technology.
1. Google WFH Crack. Last week, Google upped its back-to-office policy, warning that tracking employees depends on performance reviews. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that didn’t go so well, as revealed in conversations with several employees and internal materials seen by Insider.
- One employee said one of his key reasons for joining Google was its reputation for flexibility, but the company is now “crushing that at every turn.”
- Another said there was “a lot of frustration” among workers over the new rules. “We don’t like to be micromanaged like school kids,” they said.
- Others have turned to Google’s internal meme generator to voice their complaints.
More on Google’s back-to-work fallout here.
In other news:
2. Mass displacement is creating a new generation of founders. Tech cuts are flooding new founders building climate, health and fintech startups. Insider spoke to former employees at Patreon and Delivery Hero about starting new companies. More here.
3. Uber and DoorDash Warn of Huge Changes NYC announces new minimum wage for drivers of nearly $18 an hour. But some key players in the industry say the law could increase workloads, limit flexibility and reduce manpower. Get the full story.
4. Jack Dorsey’s Apple Vision Pro Anxiety. The founder and former CEO of Twitter expressed concern about the future of augmented and virtual reality, arguing that humans are heading towards becoming “Wall-E” characters – glued to chairs and glued to constant entertainment. Here’s more on his comments.
5. A question Microsoft CEO asks to test AI’s smarts. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he likes to test AI using a rhyming question to see if it has the “subtlety” to translate “deeper meaning.” More on Nadella’s presentation here.
6. Uber is going toe-to-toe with Instacart. Uber plans to work with health plans and providers to order food as medicine, becoming the latest big company to order food to reduce medical costs. To know more.
7. How AI will change sales and marketing. A top CMO has revealed how AI will transform departments in every company within 12 months. “Predictive AI will become an integral part of every device you use,” said Twilio’s Joyce Kim. Read more.
8. Europe plans to put safeguards on ChatGPT and other AI apps. The European Parliament has voted to take steps to regulate AI technology such as ChatGPT, with the parliament backing a ban on the technology for biometric tracking, emotion recognition and predictive policing. More on the ban here.
Odds and Ends:
9. The most common professional mistake that young people make. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the most common mistake he sees young people making is over-planning. Here’s why.
10. The 14-year-old hired by Elon Musk’s SpaceX is too young for LinkedIn. SpaceX’s newest software engineer, Kairan Quazi, posted on Instagram a screenshot of a message from LinkedIn that his account was banned because he didn’t meet the platform’s age requirements. The full story.
Today’s team: Nathan Reynolds and Hallam Bullock in London
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