Tesla fires 229 employees from Autopilot team, shuts office

Tesla fires 229 employees from Autopilot team, shuts office

In what could be a Shocking Decision Elon Musk-run Tesla electric Car maker company has laid off 229 annotation employees from its Autopilot team and closed one of its offices in the US.

Tesla fires 229 employees from Autopilot team, shuts office
Tesla fires 229 employees from Autopilot team, shuts office

According to a regulatory filing in California state in the US and seen by TechCrunch, Tesla had laid off workers from its San Mateo office that employed 276 workers.

The remaining 47 employees may be sent to work in Tesla’s Buffalo Autopilot office, according to the report.

“Most of the workers were in moderately low-skilled, low-wage jobs, such as Autopilot data labeling, which involves determining if Tesla’s algorithm identified an object well or poorly,” the report added.

The layoffs are part of the 10 per cent reduction in salaried workforce that Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced last month.

Tesla started laying off salaried employees after Musk’s announcement, which would result in reducing Tesla’s total headcount by roughly 3.5 per cent.

Tesla employs more than 1,00,000 people across its facilities.

A team of lawyers representing former Tesla employees, who were laid off last month, have sought emergency protection from a US court for the fired workers.

In a motion filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, the lawyers asked the judge “to restrict Tesla’s ability to continue seeking releases from employees in exchange for one week of severance”.

The plaintiffs alleged that the company did not provide the 60 days of advance notice required by federal law during layoffs.

Tesla workers John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield were asked to go last month from Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Nevada state in the US, along with more than 500 other employees.

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Elon Musk To Cancel Twitter Deal Report

Elon Musk Might Cancel the Twitter Deal : Report

Tesla CEO and One of the most popular Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s might cancel the twitter deal according to a report. SpaceX head earleier offered to buy the microblogging platform Twitter for $44 billion is in serious trouble, media reports say. According to The Washington Post, Musk’s deal to buy the platform is “in peril” — based on three anonymous sources who told the paper that the billionaire’s camp has “stopped engaging in certain discussions around funding” for the agreement.

Elon Musk is not going it alone in his attempt to buy Twitter, with others like Larry Ellison, the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Fidelity, the crypto exchange Binance, and the state investment firm of Qatar are among those pitching in a few billion as a part of the effort, citing the report, The Verge reported.

The idea that a “drastic” change of direction on the deal is close to happening is supposedly due to concerns that Twitter’s data regarding spam and bots on the platform is not verifiable, the report said.

The report comes just hours after Twitter had a conference call with media outlets to explain that its spam account data and technology for blocking bots are just fine, setting up a showdown between the company and its would-be new owner.

The platform reportedly claimed that it blocks 1 million spammers every day.

Last month, Musk stated that if Twitter fails to give data on spam and fake accounts, he may walk out of his $44 billion acquisition agreement.

In an SEC filing, Twitter had shared a letter it received from Musk’s legal team indicating displeasure with the company’s offered information regarding the level of “spam and fake accounts” on its service.

The letter said that more data (and not just an explanation of how the existing data was gathered) on Twitter’s non-human users, both natural and spam, is important for helping close the transaction from a financing perspective.

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Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices

Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices

Technology: Google upgraded its Switch to Android iOS app because it appears to believe that more consumers are converting from iPhones to Android smartphones. It formerly only supported Pixels, but now it works with all Android 12 devices.

Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices
Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices

According to GSM Arena, even though, to put it mildly, Google may overestimate the number of users who convert from iOS to Android, it sure is helpful to have such a convenient switching option.

Your new Android 12 phone can be wirelessly or via a cord connected to your iPhone. Simply download the Switch to Android app to your iPhone and follow the simple setup instructions to get going.

You can transfer your contacts, photos, and videos (including those in iCloud, if you ask Apple for a copy of your data), SMS, MMS, and iMessage texts and media, WhatsApp message history and media, and apps that are also available for Android and were offered for free on the App Store, custom wallpaper photos, call logs, alarms, device settings, and any DRM-free music you may have, as reported by GSM Arena.

Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!

Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!

Technology News: Swedish music streaming platform Spotify has launched a new programme that will elevate emerging podcasters around the world, including in India, and provide them with support to grow their audiences.

Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!
Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!

The company launched ‘RADAR Podcasters’ programme in 15 global markets, including India. It takes its name and format from RADAR’, which supports up-and-coming artists.

Additionally, Spotify also announced the initial slate of podcasters that will be spotlighted with the RADAR programme.

The first three podcasts chosen from India to be a part of this slate, include Anurag Minus Verma,’ Chumma conversations with Satshyaa’ and Getting Lost with Archit and Shirin: All About Food’.

In India, Spotify will focus on a different local language every three months.

“For the next round of this initiative, the focus will be on Tamil, one of the fastest growing languages on Spotify in India for both music and podcasts,” the company said in a statement.

On a quarterly basis, participating markets will give two-three emerging creators a spotlight selected from the millions of podcasters using Anchor, Spotify’s podcast creation platform.

Through this programme, more than 40 creators from around the world will be highlighted, in countries where podcasting continues to grow.

Each quarter, Spotify’s Podcast team in participating markets will select three up-and-coming creators to spotlight.

“We’ll focus on creators with shows that exhibit authenticity and inclusivity, give us a reason to keep listening, and educate and entertain,” the company added.

Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content

Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content

Meta-owned photo-sharing application Instagram reportedly said that teenage users on the platform will start to see nudges that will encourage them to switch to a different topic if they are repeatedly looking at the same type of content on Explore.

Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content
Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content

This nudge is designed to encourage teens to discover something new and excludes certain topics that may be associated with appearance comparison.

“We designed this new feature because research suggests that nudges can be effective for helping people, especially teens — be more mindful of how they are using social media in the moment,” the company said in a blogpost.

In an external study on the effects of nudges on social media use, 58.2 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that nudges made their social media experience better by helping them become more mindful of their time on-platform.

“Our own research shows they are working too: during a one-week testing period, one in five teens who saw our new nudges switched to a different topic,” the company said.

The company also mentioned that it is expanding parental supervision features on Instagram.

On Instagram, parents and guardians can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools. Initially, only teens could send invitations.

They can also set specific times during the day or week when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram.

Starting this month, these tools will begin rolling out to other countries, including the UK, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Canada, France and Germany, with plans to roll out globally before the end of the year.

Air India fined Rs 10 lakh for denying boarding despite valid tickets

Air India fined Rs 10 lakh for denying boarding despite valid tickets

Civil aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Air India for denying boarding to passengers holding valid tickets.

Air India fined Rs 10 lakh for denying boarding despite valid tickets
Air India fined Rs 10 lakh for denying boarding despite valid tickets

After going through the airline’s submissions, as part of enforcement action, the DGCA has levied the penalty, and has advised the airline to immediately put systems in order to resolve the issue.

The action by the regulator comes after multiple reports of flyers being denied boarding by airlines despite being in possession of valid tickets and reporting at the airport on time.

The DGCA conducted ground checks at a few airports before slapping fine on the airline.

“In the case of Air India — where the regulation is not being followed — a show cause notice was issued to the airline and also a personal hearing was afforded. It appears that the airline does not have a policy in this regard and is not paying any compensation to hapless passengers, whose numbers can be anybody’s guess,” the regulator said in a statement.

Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023

Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023

Technology: Turkey plans to have a total of 10 satellites in space by 2023 as part of its national space programme, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023
Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023

“This satellite marks another turning point in our space adventure. With the national space programme, it is our duty of honor to defend our country’s rights in space just like on land, at sea and in air,” Erdogan said at a ceremony to mark the TURKSAT 5B satellite’s entry into service.

The TURKSAT 5B satellite, launched in 2021, will serve for approximately 30 years and ensure the protection of the country’s frequency and region rights, Erdogan said, adding that it is critically important for securing military communications, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Having launched TURKSAT 5A and TURKSAT 5B last year, we have become one of the few countries capable of sending two satellites to space in the same year,” Erdogan said.

Turkey already launched TURKSAT 3A in 2008, TURKSAT 4A in 2014, and TURKSAT 4B in 2015.

The Turkish President also revealed that Turkey would launch the IMECE, the country’s domestically produced surveillance satellite, and the TURKSAT 6A in 2023.

Turkey’s national space programme aims to send a space vehicle to the Moon, train scientists for international space programs, and make investments in the space industry, Erdogan said.

Astra rocket launch failure - 2 NASA weather satellites lost

Astra rocket launch failure – 2 NASA weather satellites lost

Two NASA satellites aimed to study the formation and development of tropical cyclones almost every hour were lost during launch aboard an Astra rocket that suffered major failure shortly after liftoff.

Astra rocket launch failure - 2 NASA weather satellites lost
Astra rocket launch failure – 2 NASA weather satellites lost

The Astra rocket, called Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), suffered a second-stage failure after lifting off from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT (11:13 pm IST) on Sunday.

“We had a nominal first stage flight; however, the upper-stage engine did shut down early and we did not deliver our payloads to orbit,” Astra officials said on Twitter.

“We have shared our regrets with NASA and the payload team. More information will be provided after we complete a full data review,” they added.

The two lost satellites was part of NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS), which aimed to send a six-satellite fleet to track hurricanes in a $30 million mission, Space.com reported.

It was the first of three planned TROPICS missions this year by Astra, each carrying two NASA cubesats to complete the hurricane-watching constellation.

“TROPICS will give us very frequent views of tropical cyclones, providing insight into their formation, intensification, and interactions with their environment and providing critical data for storm monitoring and forecasting,” Scott Braun, a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement before launch.

The failed launch is the second mishap this year for Astra, the report said.

In February, the California-based company failed to launch four NASA cubesats as part of the ELaNa 41 mission. An issue with the rocket’s payload fairing was to blame, with Astra implementing a fix to avoid a recurrence.

Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years

Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years

Microsoft has finally announced the retirement of its oldest browser, Internet Explorer.

After 27 years of service, the app will finally retire in peace. It was first released in 1995 as an add-on package for Windows 95. Later, the company began providing the browser for free as part of the package. Let’s take a look at the most recent news.

Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years
Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years

According to Mashable, Internet Explorer will be rendered inoperable from June 15.

The browser reached a peak of 95 per cent usage in 2003, but it was unable to maintain its position, and the user base began to decline dramatically.

Many competitors entered the browser market and began offering better user interfaces, faster internet speeds, and smoother performance. It appears that Internet Explorer was unable to keep up with the competition, and it has gradually devolved into nothing more than a default explorer used to install other browsers.

Sean Lyndersay Microsoft Edge program manager stated that “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge”, as reported by Mashable.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also addresses a crucial concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” he added further.

Microsoft halted new browser feature development in 2016, and this may be the first time the tech giant has decided to phase out Internet Explorer. Netizens were both nostalgic and insane after the new break.

Monkeypox: US reports first case, 14 confirmed in Europe

Monkeypox: US reports first case, 14 confirmed in Europe

The US has confirmed the first case of Monkeypox in a Massachusetts man, while the infection spreads to Europe with 14 cases of the virus confirmed across the UK, Portugal and Spain.

Monkeypox: US reports first case, 14 confirmed in Europe
Monkeypox: US reports first case, 14 confirmed in Europe

According to a statement from the US’ Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) the patient in Massachusetts had not recently travelled to countries where the disease occurs but had visited Canada. “The individual is hospitalised and is in a good condition,” the statement added.

It has, however, not yet been determined if the Massachusetts case was part of the growing European outbreak, Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s division of high consequence pathogens and pathology, told STAT news.

On Wednesday, Spain announced that it was investigating eight suspected cases — all in gay and bisexual men. Portugal said it was investigating more than 20 suspected cases, five of which have already been confirmed.

It is not currently clear if the outbreaks are linked to each other or to the one in the UK, where the infection has been confirmed in nine and one probable case has been reported. The cases in the UK also appear to be linked to sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men, likely due to contact with infectious lesions in the skin.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an warning that more cases of the monkeypox virus could be reported in Britain. An investigation is underway by British health officials to detect the cause of the outbreak which has hit mainly London, now affecting nine people.

“Based on currently available information, infection seems to have been locally acquired in the United Kingdom. The extent of local transmission is unclear at this stage and there is the possibility of identification of further cases,” the WHO added. Three cases from the same household were initially confirmed on May 6, followed by four more cases a few days later. Two additional cases, one in London and one in the South East of England, were also detected.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO), which previously designated monkeypox as a priority pathogen, has organised a meeting of experts on monkeypox and orthopoxviruses — the wider family of pox viruses — for early next week.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most infections last 2-to-4 weeks.