Friday’s top tech news: job cuts come for Google


First came Twitter, then Meta, Amazon, and Microsoft, and now Google has become the latest tech giant to announce a round of layoffs affecting thousands of its employees. Around 12,000 jobs are expected to be cut globally, or over 6 percent of the company’s headcount. Google’s sister company Verily announced a smaller round of layoffs earlier this month.

Elsewhere, Netflix announced big news during its latest earnings release. Co-founder Reed Hastings is stepping down from his position as co-CEO after 25 years of running the company, but he’ll stay on as executive chairman. The company also plans to move forwards with its restrictions on password-sharing, which will see users charged extra if they want to stream outside of the primary household.

For now, here’s a tweet to start your day:

  • Britain’s prime minister was fined because of this Instagram video.

    There’s a long history of internet posts getting people into legal trouble, but this entry is unusual because it’s Britain’s prime minister Rishi Sunak.

    This promotional video on his Instagram showed him riding in a car without a seatbelt on. The New York Times reports that violation can result in a fine of up to  £500 (about $620 US), and said Sunak’s office confirmed he would pay without specifying an amount.

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    Part of the US’ no fly list has reportedly leaked.

    A security researcher says they found the file on a regional airline’s unsecured server. According to The Daily Dot, the airline has confirmed that “NoFly.csv” was indeed genuine, and from 2019.

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  • Jan 20, 2023, 11:10 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins

    Musk briefly took the stand on the third day of his securities fraud trial to testify about his Twitter habits and why he ignored the advice of his closest associates to just stop doing it.

  • Jan 20, 2023, 7:36 PM UTCUmar Shakir

    Bloomberg reports Nintendo is increasing Switch production for the next fiscal year after overcoming component shortages that had recently caused it to cut forecasts.

  • Jan 20, 2023, 7:25 PM UTCMia Sato

    In a staff call on Friday, CNET leadership told staff it was pausing all AI-generated content for now. Top executives at Red Ventures, the firm that owns CNET and other websites, also offered more details on the company’s AI tool.

  • Invincible season 2 is a work in progress coming later this year.

    The way streamers drop multiple new “seasons” of animated shows back-to-back these days often makes people forget how much work goes into animation. The reason there hasn’t been a second season of Amazon Prime’s Invincible adaptation yet? It isn’t finished.

    But from the looks and sounds of a new teaser dropped today, fans can look forward to seeing more Invincible sometime late this year.