U.S. Layoffs Surged in January as Tech Slashed Thousands of Jobs - Report

U.S. Layoffs Surged in January

Layoffs in the United States hit a more than two-year high in January as technology firms cut jobs at the second-highest pace on record to brace for a possible recession, a report showed on Thursday. The layoffs impacted 102,943 workers, a more than two-fold jump from December and an over five-times surge from a year […]

U.S. Investors Have Plowed Billions into China’s AI Sector, Report Shows

Billions into China’s AI Sector

U.S. investors including the investment arms of Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc accounted for nearly a fifth of investments in Chinese artificial intelligence companies from 2015 to 2021, a report showed on Wednesday. The document, released by CSET, a tech policy group at Georgetown University, comes amid growing scrutiny of U.S. investments in AI, Quantum […]

Microsoft Rolls Out Chatgpt-Powered Teams Premium

Chatgpt-Powered Teams Premium

Microsoft Corp on Wednesday rolled out a premium Teams messaging offering powered by ChatGPT to simplify meetings using the AI chatbot that has taken Silicon Valley by a storm. The premium service will cost $7 per month in June before increasing to $10 in July, Microsoft said. OpenAI-owned ChatGPT will generate automatic meeting notes, recommend […]

Meta Mojo Is Back as Earnings Surprise Powers Big Tech Rally

Meta Platforms Inc shares closed about 23% higher on Thursday and helped spark a rally in the technology sector after the Facebook owner floored Wall Street by slashing its spending forecast and boosting its stock buyback plan by $40 billion. The company added more than $90 billion to its market value and the stock logged […]

Google Tees up Venue Clash over U.S. Advertising Antitrust Lawsuit

Google Tees up Venue Clash

Lawyers for Alphabet Inc’s Google LLC on Wednesday said they will ask a federal judge in Virginia to move the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit to Manhattan federal court, where the company is already fighting claims that it has abused its market power for online advertising technology. In a filing in the Manhattan litigation, Google’s […]

Explainer-Why the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act Has Rattled Europe

U.S. Inflation Reduction Act

The European Commission presented its Green Deal Industrial Plan on Wednesday in response to the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), with increased levels of state aid to help Europe compete as a manufacturing hub for clean tech products. While EU countries welcome the U.S. commitment to energy transition, they fear the IRA’s $369 billion of […]

Big Tech Earnings Show Digital Ads Market Not Out of the Woods

Digital Ads Market Not Out of the Woods

After a challenging 2022 in which advertising-dependent companies faced shrinking budgets and cratering stock prices, fourth-quarter results this week from Alphabet, Meta Platforms and Snap showed they were not yet in the clear. The health of the advertising industry closely mirrors the economy, and many advertisers have pared back their marketing budgets in response to […]

U.S. Stops Granting Export Licenses for China's Huawei - Sources

Licenses for China's Huawei

The Biden administration has stopped approving licenses for U.S. companies to export most items to China’s Huawei, according to three people familiar with the matter. Huawei has faced U.S. export restrictions around items for 5G and other technologies for several years, but officials in the U.S. Department of Commerce have granted licenses for some American […]

U.S. Justice Department Seeks Tesla Driver-assist Documents

Tesla Driver-assist Documents

Tesla Inc disclosed on Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department has sought documents related to its Full Self-Driving (FSD) and Autopilot driver-assistance systems as regulatory scrutiny intensifies. The automaker said in a filing it “has received requests from the DOJ for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD features.” Reuters reported in October Tesla is under […]

U.S., India Partnership Targets Arms, AI to Compete with China

AI to Compete with China

The White House is launching a partnership with India on Tuesday that President Joe Biden hopes will help the countries compete against China on military equipment, semiconductors and artificial intelligence. Washington wants to deploy more Western mobile phone networks in the subcontinent to counter China’s Huawei Technologies, to welcome more Indian computer chip specialists to […]