Layoffs at Google, Microsoft, Salesforce Teaching Tech Employees a Harsh Lesson

Dehumanizing. Gut-wrenching. Slap in the face. Betrayed. Tech workers are using all sorts of emotional phrases to describe the layoff wave that has gripped the industry and become the talk of the business world. “I’m shocked and hurt and still processing,” Katie Olaskiewicz, a former human-truths strategist at Google, wrote on LinkedIn last week shortly … Read more

Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon Awarded $9 Bln Worth Pentagon Cloud Deal

The Pentagon announced that up to $9 billion worth of cloud-computing contracts were awarded to Google, Oracle, Amazon, and Microsoft. In a statement, the U.S. Department of Defense said, “The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from … Read more

Google just unveiled its first smartphone chip, signaling its biggest challenge yet to Apple and Samsung. Here’s what it means for the Pixel 6.

Google unveiled its first chip made specifically for its Pixel phones on Monday. The chip, called Tensor, should bring better AI performance to Google’s new phones. Google is following Apple’s strategy by making its own smartphone chips. Google’s first gambit to challenge Apple and Samsung’s dominance of the smartphone industry came in 2016, when it … Read more

Frequent run-ins with India govt cloud U.S. tech expansion plans

Another spat between India’s government and U.S. big tech has exacerbated disillusion among firms which have spent billions to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the extent some are rethinking expansion plans, people close to the matter said. The government on Saturday said Twitter Inc had not indicated compliance with new rules aimed … Read more

G7 nations reach ‘historic’ agreement over global corporate tax

Finance ministers from wealthy G7 nations on Saturday pledged to commit to a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 percent, rallying behind a US-backed plan. “We… commit to a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent on a country by country basis,” said a statement at the conclusion of their London meeting. … Read more

Lot of concerns about behaviour of big tech firms: Piyush Goyal

There are a lot of concerns about the behaviour of big tech companies including American firms and India would like to protect its policy space and express its concern regarding these entities not willing to adhere to the law of the land, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. He said India is … Read more

A Google and Microsoft alum who raised $140 million to take on Microsoft Office explains why productivity is one of the most attractive ‘jokes’ in Silicon Valley.

For billions of people around the world, Microsoft Office and Google Docs are the default apps for writing documents. But they are ready to be challenged as people working from home reach for better tools for collaboration, believes Shishir Mehrotra, founder and CEO of Coda. Mehrotra worked for both Google and Microsoft before starting Coda, … Read more

Bharti Airtel enters cloud communications market, launches ‘Airtel IQ’

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Monday entered the rapidly-growing cloud communications market with the launch of business-centric Airtel IQ’. A cloud-based omni-channel communications platform, Airtel IQ, aims to enable brands to deepen engagement with customers through timely and secure communication, a company statement said, terming the move as a “game changer” for the fast-evolving Indian … Read more