Samy Bengio, head of the internet giant’s AI ethics group until the controversy broke which led to the departure of two female leaders, resigned on Tuesday. Bengio announced his exit in an email to the colleagues. His last working day will be April 28. Bengio joined Google in 2007 and is an expert in a type of AI known as machine learning. It may be recalled that Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, the ousted Ethical AI co-leads, had reported to Bengio.
Google is set to close its dedicated Google Wifi app on app stores and adding that functionality into the Google Home app for better control and management of connected products in one place. The switchover to the app will happen in two phases — in the first phase, the Google wifi app will be disabled of most of the functionality on May 25. Then, the Wifi app will be removed from the Play and iOS App Store.
RIL’s proposed New Umbrella Entity or NUE for payments services, comprising of Infibeam Avenue, Google and Facebook, aims to become a global payments player, said an Economic Times report. The consortium intends to offer payment services in the overseas market will pit it against Visa and Mastercard. RIL will own 40 % of the NUE So Hum Bharat, while the rest of the three players will own around 20 % each.
Google said that it will not be exhibiting Mobile World Congress 2021, the world’s largest mobile phone show. Earlier, Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Oracle also pulled out from the show. “Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has made the decision to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year,” Google said in a statement. GSMA, the organisers of MWC, in Feb laid out a proper plan for the physical event.
Facebook’s Chief Revenue Officer David Fischer has decided to part ways with the social network. Fischer, among the highest-ranking official under COO Sheryl Sandberg, is responsible for advertising and marketing efforts for business products. He was also involved in some of the large deals, including a $5.7 bn investment in Jio Platforms. Fischer joined FB in 2010 after working alongside Sandberg at Google. Both of them have worked together at the USA Treasury Department, as well.
Google has registered over 140% in “WFH jobs” searches from India in 2020 over 2019. The country has also adopted new things like “online doctor consultations” searches, which grew 300 % in the period led by Manipur, Bihar and Karnataka. Search in queries for “learn” was up by 30% YoY. Over 90% of YouTube users watched content in Indic languages. The demand for “local news” saw a spike as users wanted updates on the neighbourhood.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, have donated $150 mn to Massachusetts-based Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to establish a “new era of biology” to curse diseases using a mix of data and life science studies. The donation will be used to build a new centre to bring together academia and industry to merge tech and biology for a healthier world. The institute also received an additional $150 mn contribution from the Broad Foundation.
Google denied media reports which said that “zero-click” Searches were rising. “People use Search to find a wide range of info, and billions of times per day, Google Search sends someone to a website. But not every query results in a click to a website, and there are a lot of very good reasons why,” said Danny Sullivan, Public Liaison for Search at Google. Google’s search results page used to show 10 blue links, but now shows an avg of 26 website links on mobile.
Google VP Caesar Sengupta is stepping down from his role, after spending 15-year at the search giant. April 30 will his last working day in the organisation, Sengupta informed in a LinkedIn blog post. He has played a key role in leading Google’s digital payments business in India. Sengupta was also behind the strategic investments and acquisitions into Jio Platforms, InMobi’s Glance, and Dunzo.