Google Cloud Will Unlock Hiring By October

Happy Friday, readers! Writing to you from New York, I am your host, Jordan Parker Erb.

Today we have news from Google Cloud. A leaked email shows the company plans to unlock hiring by October, reversing a pause that was launched in July.

We have a lot to dig into, so let’s get to it.

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1. Leaked memo shows Google Cloud plans to unfreeze hiring. In an email to staff and obtained by Insider, Brad Calder, vice president of cloud technical infrastructure, said management aims to unlock hiring by October.

  • The news comes months after Google announced plans to pull out of hiring due to uncertain economic conditions (although the company has been hiring for critical roles on some teams).
  • Calder also said that Google Cloud needed to refine its priorities for 2023 and that there were “too many yellow and purple codes.”
  • Code Yellow refers to issues that may cause business issues or outages within the next quarter, and Code Purple refers to issues that could become Code Yellows if not resolved within a year.

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3. A hacker who appeared to compromise Uber says he’s only 18. Uber is investigating a cybersecurity incident after employees received a Slack message saying, “I’m a hacker. The anonymous man, who claims to be behind the hack, told The New York Times that he accessed the system by texting an Uber worker. What we know so far.

4. Your favorite streaming services may soon become more expensive. Earlier this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger said Disney+ was “undervalued” and that the price increase “even in large chunks” shouldn’t change its value to the consumer – and other streamers could do the same. What you will want to know.

5. Is TikTok’s growth finally slowing down? New data shows TikTok’s watch time is up 9% from August a year earlier – but even that increase is a significant slowdown from the 45% year-on-year growth rate other than he had previously shown. A look at TikTok’s slowdown.

6. Elon Musk receives weekly office attendance reports from Tesla employees. Workers told CNBC that the weekly reports are gleaned from data collected when workers scan their badges at Tesla facilities. What we know so far.

7. TikTok created a copycat version of the buzzy BeReal app. Called “TikTok Now,” the feature prompts users to share 10-second videos or a photo daily — a concept incredibly similar to BeReal. Get the summary on “TikTok Now”.

8. California is suing Amazon. The lawsuit accuses Amazon of using its market dominance to force third-party sellers to accept that they won’t sell their products for less elsewhere, and that sellers have no choice but to agree. Everything we know about the trial.

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10. A surgeon said employees of big tech companies pay at least $75,000 to grow 3 inches taller. The cosmetic surgeon, who specializes in leg-lengthening procedures, said he had had a number of software engineers from Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Meta as patients. HThis is how the painful process that has been going on for months works.

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