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Ex-Google Maps designer hates the new design, and it’s not just the colors

Google released a big Google Maps upgrade a few weeks ago, including a significant redesign and new AI features. The new Google Maps color palette is now similar to Apple Maps, which is one widespread criticism from users. It’s not necessarily bad, but I can see how longtime Google Maps users will have difficulty adjusting to the new colors. And no, there’s no way to switch back to the old theme. The new colors have been rolling out more widely, drawing more criticism from users who have found themselves…

Ex-Google Safety Lead Arjun Narayan Discusses AI-Written News

In a few short months, the idea of convincing news articles written entirely by computers have evolved from perceived absurdity into a reality that’s already confusing some readers. Now, writers, editors, and policymakers are scrambling to develop standards to maintain trust in a world where AI-generated text will increasingly appear scattered in news feeds.Generating Video Via Text? | Future TechMajor tech publications like CNET have already been caught with their hand in the generative AI cookie jar and have had to…

Neeva, co-founded by ex-Google ad head Sridhar Ramaswamy, to shut down its ad-free search engine on June 2

Neeva, the ad-free search engine, announced on Saturday that it is shutting down its consumer search operations and pivoting to Artificial Intelligence. The company, founded by ex-Google executives Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan, revealed its plans to shut down its search engine. Neeva was once touted as a serious competitor to Google Search, offering an ad-free and visual search experience, but has faced challenges in attracting users to its platform, hence the decision.In a blog post, Neeva's co-founders…

Top ex-Google AI researchers raise funding from Thrive Capital: Sources

Two prominent former Google researchers who authored the groundbreaking paper that paved the way for the generative AI boom, have raised $8 million for their new startup Essential AI, four sources told Reuters. Thrive Capital had led the round in Essential AI, founded by Ashish Vaswani and Niki Parmar. The company is still in stealth mode and hasn't launched any product. Conviction and angel investor Elad Gil also participated in the round, one source close to the company added. Thrive Capital, founded by Joshua Kushner,…

Ex-Google Employees Are Vlogging Their Layoffs on TikTok

Photo: Alena Veasey (Shutterstock)When Google told 12,000 employees they were out of a job last week, there were a lot of feels, understandably. Some workers were confused about why they had been laid off. Others were frustrated. Some ex-Googlers were grateful to have even had the opportunity at all.We learned all of this and more not from interviews to news outlets—only a few former employees gave those—but rather from TikTok, where the workers seemingly went to unload, find support, and assure the world that they would

Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s new investment fund deepens his ties to national security interests

Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an example of how you can shape public policy without ever running for office. A few months ago, the revelation of Schmidt’s deep involvement with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy raised ethics concerns as some questioned if it was appropriate for a tech billionaire to fund a government office that advises the president on tech policy. Now, Schmidt, who has long been a go-to liaison between the tech industry and the military, is expanding his influence over US…