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# Tech

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January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Students urged to steer clear of ChatGPT essays as bot reopens debate on college assessment
A report by
Emer Moreau
The copy-writing software has taken social media by storm, and left some educators concerned about the future of assessment.
Last year
2022
# the eirror of my ways
Emails of some eircom.net users have been permanently deleted in error, company says
Eir apologised to those affected for the loss of their emails, and said they will be given compensation.
# Leixlip
Intel offers workers at Kildare plant voluntary unpaid leave in effort to cut costs
It is not clear how many employees will be affected.
Intel has offered manufacturing workers at its Leixlip plant in Kildare voluntary unpaid leave as it looks to cut costs.
Local TD James Lawless said that he has spoken to Intel and that there are 'no plans' for the voluntary scheme to become mandatory.
Just back in March, Intel announced a further €12 billion investment in the site.
Financial advisor: Your job just gone? Here's what you should do right now to mind your money
Tech companies expanded ‘a little too quickly’, Varadkar says
Voices
Opinion: As a former Twitter employee, I'm horrified by what Elon Musk is doing
Declan Cashin used to work at Twitter – he says what is happening to the company is deeply disappointing.
# wayflyer
'Too much too soon': Irish tech 'unicorn' to cut workforce by 40%
The 200 jobs cuts will bring Wayflyer’s headcount back to where it was ten months ago.
# blue tick
Musk tells staff to brace for ‘difficult times’ as he warns of Twitter’s demise
Workers who survived last week’s mass layoffs are facing harsher work conditions and growing uncertainty about their ability to keep Twitter running.
# Lay-offs
Tech companies expanded ‘a little too quickly’, Varadkar says
Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar said his sympathies were with Stripe and Twitter employees who had lost their jobs.
# Tech
EU lawmakers impose single charger for all smartphones from 2024
The move will push Apple to replace its Lighting port on phones sold in the EU, with expectations that the change will ripple around the world.
All time
Voices
Opinion: Securing the world’s data - Ireland’s rising role as a global data hub
Ireland is a well-placed host for the world’s data, explains Jacky Fox of Accenture, but we need to seize all future opportunities.
# Vaccine
Taskforce had 'positive' discussions with Data Protection Commission about vaccine tracking system
A company to provide the IT system is expected to be selected shortly.
# cookies
France slaps fines of €100 million on Google and €35 million on Amazon over advertising cookies
The data watchdog said users were “either insufficiently informed or never informed” of cookies being placed on their computers.
# Tech
US government sues Google over its 'illegal monopoly' on internet search and advertising services
The case is one of the country’s biggest antitrust lawsuits in decades.
# Tech
Amazon says email telling employees to delete TikTok from their phones 'sent in error'
Amazon cited “security risks” from the China-owned service in the email.
# Startups and tech
Tech has been the driving force behind the taxi industry’s evolution and it's not slowing down
Drivers and traditional companies have been thinking on their feet to keep up with new apps.
# Startups and tech
Treating lung disease to smart toy tech: where Ireland is spending €65m to disrupt tech
We take a closer look at some of the projects being backed by the government’s disruptive tech fund.
# Tech
US delays Huawei ban for up to 90 days, while founder says the firm 'can't be isolated'
The founder of the Chinese technology giant has said that it “can’t be isolated”.
# get connected
Love at first like: Facebook to add 'secret crush' feature as part of revamp of social network
The company is planning an overhaul of its app and website.
# Data Breach
Facebook says whatever fine it faces over password breach is matter for Irish data watchdog
The Data Protection Commissioner has launched a statutory inquiry into Facebook’s password storage breach.
# Privacy
Apple fixes bug that allowed FaceTime users to listen to a person before they answer call
In some cases, users could also watch a person before they answered the FaceTime call.
# silicon docks
Tech giants are turning Dublin into one of Europe’s hottest property markets
A PwC report has ranked the capital as a top city for real estate investment and development.
# website glitch
Amazon says customers' email addresses were exposed
Customers in Europe and the US were affected.
# Startups and tech
Crowley Carbon is building a developer team in Sofia because Dublin talent is too costly
The Bulgarian capital is providing the energy tech firm a more cost-effective way to scale.
# d4 4 lyfe
Facebook is moving into AIB's Ballsbridge HQ and could bring 5,000 more jobs
The tech giant has had its international headquarters in Ireland since 2009.
Voices
The Irish for... 'Why the naming of new technologies in Irish can be more controversial than with English'
Darach Ó Séaghdha talks us through the Irish words for emerging technology, including ‘computer’, ‘selfie’ and ‘spam’, exploring their roots and meaning.
# Sexual Harassment
Google fired 48 for sexual harassment in past two years
The company said it is taking an “increasingly hard line” against the behaviour.
# Jobs Jobs Jobs
Technology firm Voxpro announces creation of 400 jobs in Cork
The announcement will bring the total number of Voxpro jobs in Cork and Dublin to 3,000.
# Technology
Here's what you need to know about Apple's three new iPhones
The company has also launched an upgraded smartwatch that detects falls.
# QUALTRICS
US tech firm to add 350 jobs in Dublin
The move will more than double Qualtrics’ workforce here.
# Liquidation
Hundreds of customers still in dark as Click.ie is up and running again
The website reappeared online last week.
# new data rules
WhatsApp bans under 16s from using its app in Europe
The previous minimum age was 13 years old.
# techstars
This Irish man sees thousands of startup pitches a year - here's how to get his attention
After selling his Datahug business for €12 million, Connor Murphy is leading one of Techstars’ Berlin accelerators.
# webringg
An Irish answer to Amazon's same-day delivery has bagged €650k from investors
Dublin startup WeBringg has raised funding from several private investors – but it needs more.
# Beyond the pale
How tech firms outside Dublin are luring staff away from the capital
Companies in Cork, Limerick and Galway are targeting workers increasingly priced out of Ireland’s main city.
# Young Scientist
How a brain-like computer could be used to mark exams
It’s almost as accurate as a human.
# the future is here
Facial recognition used to publicly shame jaywalkers and toilet paper thieves in China
Facial recognition is being used in a whole host of ways in China, and police say it is making the country safer.
# Technology
Beyond Silicon Docks: How a hot market for tech jobs is driving hubs across rural Ireland
Plus we look at the most in-demand roles in tech right now.
# Artificial Intelligence
Elon Musk backs call for killer robots to be banned
“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”
# Sexism Row
Google sacks worker who said women don't fill tech jobs due to 'biological issues' in internal memo
US media reports have said that the employee was removed from their position after violating the company code of conduct.
# Tax Compliant
Google won't have to pay €1 billion tax in France - because its Irish subsidiary is not taxable there
A French court ruled in favour of the search engine giant today.
# kodi
There are hundreds of piracy-enabling gadgets for sale on Facebook, despite a ban
The boxes are often tweaked to give customers access to pirate TV and film content.