Elon Musk Deletes SpaceX and Tesla Facebook Pages
The Facebook Security breach prompted Elon Musk to remove the SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages after his Twitter followers urged him to do so. Musk stated on Twitter that he had never seen the pages and wasn't happy what he saw. The pages were then removed with approximately 2.6 million followers.
In defense of Musk, there really is no need for a company to have a Facebook especially if they have a well developed and established website. If more companies remove their Facebook pages, it may have a sever impact upon their bottom line.
Uber Self Driving Car Kills Woman
In Tempe, Arizona an Uber self-driving test car has hit and killed a pedestrian while they were trying to cross the street. The Uber car did have a driver in the vehicle who was there in the event the system had a failure. At this time it is unknown if the safety driver attempt to take control of the vehicle prior to the accident.
The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital where they were later pronounced dead. Police are investigating the accident and have not notified the next of kin of the victim.
Amazon to reduce staff in Seattle
It has been reported that Amazon is looking to reduce staff by a few hundred in Seattle. The number of workers in the Seattle areas has been increasing by thousands per year as the company filled out positions through traditional hiring and acquisitions. Currently Amazon has over 500,000 staff. The number of cuts and departments will be announced within a few days. The staff facing layoffs will be given the chance to move to other Amazon units.
GoPro to Layoff Staff
GoPro will reportedly lay off 200 to 300 employees from its aerial division who are responsible for the Karma drone. The Karma was GoPro's attempt at moving into the largely expanding and lucrative drone market which failed to garner any appreciable amount of market share. The Karma was a large drone, which was capable of carrying a GoPro camera for aerial filming. A full Karma drone package and batteries would cost someone close to $2,000 (USD) while offerings from competitors could be obtained for $1000.
Microsoft to cut 3,000-4,000 jobs
Yesterday Microsoft announced that they were planning layoffs that would cut 3,000-4,000 employees. The majority of the cuts will come from locations abroad and center on sales and marketing jobs. The company has over 120,000 employees globally.
Microsoft has made a push to enter into the could based computing, where software as a service earns substantial amounts of revenue for Google, IBM and Oracle. The move will allow Microsoft to shift focus into the lucrative market.
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