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🚨 Nvidia offices just got raided by french authorities
🍎 Apple considered buying Bing from Microsoft
🕶 Mark Zuckerberg unveils Meta's new lifelike VR avatars
⚖️ Tesla faces federal lawsuit over racial discrimination allegations
🎮 Epic Games announces major layoffs and Bandcamp sale
🚨 Nvidia offices just got raided by french authoritiesLINK
The French Competition Authority conducted a surprise raid on NVIDIA, a company that specializes in graphics cards, amid suspicions of anticompetitive practices.
The raid is related to a bigger investigation on the cloud computing market, aiming to assess if new businesses are being unfairly hindered by larger existing ones.
Despite the raid, NVIDIA has recently experienced considerable financial success due to increased demand in its AI chips and data centers.
🍎 Apple considered buying Bing from MicrosoftLINK
In 2020, Microsoft reportedly discussed selling its search engine, Bing, to Apple, which could have removed Google as the default iPhone search engine.
The discussions between Microsoft and Apple were mainly exploratory and did not reach any actionable stage.
This news comes amid a massive antitrust lawsuit against Google, in which its deals to be the default search engine on major tech companies' devices are being scrutinized as anticompetitive.
🕶 Mark Zuckerberg unveils Meta's new lifelike VR avatarsLINK
Podcaster Lex Fridman conducted what he calls the "first interview in the Metaverse" with Mark Zuckerberg, using their exceptionally realistic VR avatars created through extensive facial scans.
The 3D avatars, called Codec Avatars, map the user's facial expressions in real-time and are more bandwidth efficient than transmitting video, according to Zuckerberg.
Although the currently displayed avatars use a state-of-the-art scanning process, Zuckerberg's future plan is to generate similar quality avatars using a quick scan from users' smartphones.
⚖️ Tesla faces federal lawsuit over racial discrimination allegationsLINK
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued Tesla, accusing it of violating the Civil Rights Act by creating a hostile work environment for its Black employees.
The lawsuit alleges rampant racial harassment including slurs, racial stereotypes, and offensive graffiti at Tesla's Fremont, California, manufacturing facilities starting from May 2015.
The EEOC claims Tesla retaliated against Black employees who objected to discriminatory practices, and is seeking damages, reinstatement, and policy changes within Tesla.
🎮 Epic Games announces major layoffs and Bandcamp saleLINK
Fortnite developer Epic Games is laying off 16% of its workforce, affecting approximately 830 employees.
The layoffs have been attributed to financial instability and major structural change to their economics, despite Fortnite's growth and efforts to cut costs.
Severance packages, including six months of base pay plus health care coverage and other benefits, are being offered to those affected by the layoffs.
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