A new performance review system at Google has prompted outcry from a group of employees in Switzerland concerned that the company is using it as a pretext for layoffs, according to The New York Times. Members of the group, an employee representation body called ER-CH, sent a letter to Google HR chief Fiona Cicconi complaining of confusion about who qualified for “support check-ins”—meetings with...
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Chatbot Startup Character Seeks $250 Million, Testing Investor Appetite for AI
Character, an AI chatbot startup founded by two former Google researchers, has told investors it wants to raise as much as $250 million in new funding, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The pitch will test investors’ appetite for machine-learning startups as Microsoft’s multibillion-dollar deal with OpenAI casts a halo over the sector. A funding round of...
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