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# Tech

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Former OpenAI boss Sam Altman to join Microsoft following shock sacking
OpenAI has appointed Emmett Shear as its new CEO despite reported pressure from Microsoft and other major investors to reinstate Altman.
This month
November 2023
Author: 'There is a magic to literary translation, it matters'
Carolina Schutti, author of ‘Without Waking Up,’ discusses language and translation.
Last month
October 2023
Meta and Google become latest major companies to pull out of Web Summit
Meta and Google’s announcements come after the withdrawal of Intel, Siemens and a string of celebrities.
EU opens disinformation probes into Meta and TikTok over spread of Israel-Hamas content
The platforms have until 25 October to detail what measures they are taking to counter the spread of misleading content.
This year
TikTok dismantles operation that targeted Irish users with 'divisive views' on nationalism
Almost 95,000 users were following the 72 accounts in question.
Elon Musk's plans to charge everyone for Twitter send users running for Bluesky
Bluesky saw record sign-ups in the wake of Musk’s latest announcement.
X's subscription service, formerly Twitter Blue, now allows users to hide their blue ticks
The blue checks have been mocked by some as a sign that the user is willing to pay for special treatment.
Poll: How often do you use Spotify?
Have your say.
Analysis: Generative AI won’t replace human creativity, but it will change it
DCU’s Vlad Glaveanu and Constance de Saint Laurent look at the fears around AI and ask if it really will threaten human creativity.
Man who lost his arm above the elbow moves individual fingers with bionic limb in world's first
Researchers said that until now this technology has only been demonstrated in amputations below the elbow.
Explained: Why have thousands of Reddit forums gone dark and what does AI have to do with it?
Reddit’s decision has been met with dismay and frustration from moderators in charge of some of the website’s most popular forums.
Poll: Should parents withhold smartphones from primary school-aged children?
Have your say.
Elon Musk announces new Twitter CEO
NBC had said earlier in the day that advertising executive Linda Yaccarino was leaving with immediate effect.
Musk announces recruitment of new Twitter CEO
Musk did not name his replacement but said that she will be starting in about six weeks.
Poll: Are you worried about the growth of AI technology?
Italy this week became the first Western country to temporarily block ChatGPT over data privacy concerns.
Microsoft to cut additional 60 jobs from Irish workforce
It comes a month after the company cut 120 jobs in Ireland as part of global cost-cutting measures announced in January.
Meta is reportedly planning to cut thousands of jobs
Mark Zuckerberg in November confirmed more than 11,000 staff, or 13% of the company’s workforce, were to be let go.
Ireland 'over the worst' of job cuts at multi-national tech firms in Ireland, Coveney says
The Minister said that large tech companies are keen to not only stay in this country but to grow and expand here.
Students urged to steer clear of ChatGPT essays as bot reopens debate on college assessment
A report by
Emer Moreau
The copy-writing software has taken social media by storm, and left some educators concerned about the future of assessment.
Last year
Emails of some users have been permanently deleted in error, company says
Eir apologised to those affected for the loss of their emails, and said they will be given compensation.
Intel offers workers at Kildare plant voluntary unpaid leave in effort to cut costs
It is not clear how many employees will be affected.
Intel has offered manufacturing workers at its Leixlip plant in Kildare voluntary unpaid leave as it looks to cut costs.
Local TD James Lawless said that he has spoken to Intel and that there are 'no plans' for the voluntary scheme to become mandatory.
Just back in March, Intel announced a further €12 billion investment in the site.
Financial advisor: Your job just gone? Here's what you should do right now to mind your money
Tech companies expanded ‘a little too quickly’, Varadkar says
Opinion: As a former Twitter employee, I'm horrified by what Elon Musk is doing
Declan Cashin used to work at Twitter – he says what is happening to the company is deeply disappointing.
'Too much too soon': Irish tech 'unicorn' to cut workforce by 40%
The 200 jobs cuts will bring Wayflyer’s headcount back to where it was ten months ago.
Musk tells staff to brace for ‘difficult times’ as he warns of Twitter’s demise
Workers who survived last week’s mass layoffs are facing harsher work conditions and growing uncertainty about their ability to keep Twitter running.
Tech companies expanded ‘a little too quickly’, Varadkar says
Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar said his sympathies were with Stripe and Twitter employees who had lost their jobs.
EU lawmakers impose single charger for all smartphones from 2024
The move will push Apple to replace its Lighting port on phones sold in the EU, with expectations that the change will ripple around the world.
All time
Opinion: Securing the world’s data - Ireland’s rising role as a global data hub
Ireland is a well-placed host for the world’s data, explains Jacky Fox of Accenture, but we need to seize all future opportunities.
Taskforce had 'positive' discussions with Data Protection Commission about vaccine tracking system
A company to provide the IT system is expected to be selected shortly.
France slaps fines of €100 million on Google and €35 million on Amazon over advertising cookies
The data watchdog said users were “either insufficiently informed or never informed” of cookies being placed on their computers.
US government sues Google over its 'illegal monopoly' on internet search and advertising services
The case is one of the country’s biggest antitrust lawsuits in decades.
Amazon says email telling employees to delete TikTok from their phones 'sent in error'
Amazon cited “security risks” from the China-owned service in the email.
Tech has been the driving force behind the taxi industry’s evolution and it's not slowing down
Drivers and traditional companies have been thinking on their feet to keep up with new apps.
Treating lung disease to smart toy tech: where Ireland is spending €65m to disrupt tech
We take a closer look at some of the projects being backed by the government’s disruptive tech fund.
US delays Huawei ban for up to 90 days, while founder says the firm 'can't be isolated'
The founder of the Chinese technology giant has said that it “can’t be isolated”.
Love at first like: Facebook to add 'secret crush' feature as part of revamp of social network
The company is planning an overhaul of its app and website.
Facebook says whatever fine it faces over password breach is matter for Irish data watchdog
The Data Protection Commissioner has launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook’s password storage breach.
Apple fixes bug that allowed FaceTime users to listen to a person before they answer call
In some cases, users could also watch a person before they answered the FaceTime call.
Tech giants are turning Dublin into one of Europe’s hottest property markets
A PwC report has ranked the capital as a top city for real estate investment and development.
Amazon says customers' email addresses were exposed
Customers in Europe and the US were affected.
Crowley Carbon is building a developer team in Sofia because Dublin talent is too costly
The Bulgarian capital is providing the energy tech firm a more cost-effective way to scale.