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Good morning tech fam, here are some quick tech updates for you to catch on to!
What’s New Today: Google Layoffs: Google may terminate 6% of employees who receive bad performance reviews. Many staff may be let go in the first half of 2023.
Fast-Track Insights: Bitkeep, a cryptocurrency wallet, points to malicious APK packages that can be exploited for millions of dollars, the BitKeep team says its users to transfer their funds.
Twitter data breach: A report claims that a “threat actor” has purportedly listed the personal information of about 400 million Twitter users for sale on the dark web. According to reports, the hacker under investigation has exposed personal information from numerous accounts, including phone numbers, email addresses, and other details from several very well-known accounts. Under the username Ryushi, the user published a sample database of 1,000 users that contained private information about well-known individuals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Brian Krebs, Vitalik Buterin, Kevin O’Leary, and Donald Trump Jr, also posted the account of India’s information and broadcasting ministry.
Just last week, a meeting was conducted at Google to discuss how the staff members were performing. According to people with knowledge of the situation, Google anticipates that 6% of full-time employees will fall into the poorly performed category, putting them “at risk for remedial action.” Given that there have been persistent rumours of layoffs, it is possible that these individuals will soon be sacked. This appears possible, a recent “The Information” article claiming that Google intends to cut 6% of workforce, or roughly 10,000 employees, based on performance.
Twitter, a platform for microblogging, recently updated the list of features for its ‘blue service’, mentioning that customers who pay the $8 monthly fee will now receive “prioritised rankings in chats.” Twitter claims that this function gives subscribers’ responses to tweets that they interact with priority. Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, made this promise back in November, saying that subscribers would receive “Priority in responses, mentions & search, which is vital to prevent spam/scam”.
The market lost close to $200 billion as a result of the collapse of FTX, a US-based cryptocurrency exchange, in November due to a liquidity crisis. Due to the unexpected reaction from investors who withdrew money from digital assets, several bitcoin organisations are having trouble breathing. Indian Web3 developers contend that despite its severity, the FTX crash should be seen as a “gift in disguise” that is already promoting the development of a more sophisticated financial framework for cryptocurrencies that would lessen its usually criticised element of volatility.
Users lost millions of dollars in multiple cryptocurrencies as a result of a hacking event, according to multi-chain cryptocurrency wallet BitKeep. The preliminary analysis, according to the project’s developers, suggests that some APK package downloads may have been hacked and installed with harmful code added by hackers. Additionally, BitKeep encouraged customers to transfer their funds to the wallet downloaded from the App Store or Google Play if they have downloaded the APK version.