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

Friends, welcome to the Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter that recaps the week that was in tech. This version is a bit bittersweet for me – it will be my last version (for a while, anyway). Soon, I’ll be turning my focus to a new AI-focused newsletter that I’m very excited about. stay tuned!

Now, onto the news: Google this week Laid off employees from its Flutter, Dart and Python teams A few weeks before its annual I/O developer conference. A total of 200 people were let go across Google’s “core” teams, including people working on the app platform and other engineering roles.

Elsewhere, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Destroyed the team of the company responsible for overseeing the Supercharger network into 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 the expansion of the Supercharger network.

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

And much more happened. We summarize it all in this edition of WiR – but first, a reminder Sign up To receive the WiR newsletter in your inbox every Saturday.

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Hallucinations, Hallucinations: OpenAI is facing another privacy complaint in the EU. This privacy rights non-profit has been filed by Noyab On behalf of an individual complainant – targets the inability of its AI chatbot ChatGPT to correct misinformation generated about individuals.

Just Exit… From Sam’s Club: Sam’s Club customers who pay at the register or through the Scan & Go mobile app can now check out the store without having to double-check their purchases. the technology, Unveiled At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, it is now deployed at 20% of Sam’s Club locations.

TikTok broke Apple’s rules: TikTok is offering some users a link to a website to purchase coins that can be used to tip digital creators on the platform. Typically, these coins must be purchased through in-app purchases – which require Apple to pay a 30% commission – suggesting that TikTok may be attempting to break Apple’s App Store rules.

NIST’s GenAI platform: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that develops and tests technology for the U.S. government, companies, and the broader public, has launched NIST GenAI, a suite of generative AI technologies including text- and There is a new program to assess. Image generating AI.

Getir pulls out: Instant commerce giant Getir has pulled out of the US, UK and Europe to focus on its home country Turkey. The company – which was once valued at close to $12 billion – said the move would affect thousands of gig and full-time employees.

Analysis

Inside Techstars’ “Cold War”: Dome’s groundbreaking reporting exposes a year of financial losses and staff cuts at startup accelerator Techstars, whose CEO, Malle Gavett, has been a controversial force for change.

AI-powered coding: Yours truly takes a look at Copilot Workspaces, somewhat of an evolution of GitHub’s AI-powered coding assistant Copilot into a more general tool – building on recently introduced capabilities copilot chatWhich lets developers ask questions about the code in natural language.

Autonomous Car Racing: Tim Stevens took part in an Abu Dhabi racing event in which a driverless car competed against a Formula 1 driver.

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