Indian American CEO of Stack Overflow announces 28% job cuts as AI boom continues

Online community for developers Stack Overflow led by Indian American CEO Prasanth Chandrasekar announced on Monday that it will lay off 28 per cent of its staff (over 100 employees) as it struggles towards profitability amid the AI coding boom. Chandrasekar said the company is “significantly reducing the size of our go-to-market organization” and “supporting teams and other teams across the organization are impacted as well”.

Indian-origin computer scientist and FTP pioneer Abhay Bhushan inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

Indian-origin computer scientist Abhay Bhushan, the author of the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) who played a significant role in the development of the Internet by pioneering early architecture models that influenced Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and early e-mail standards, has been selected for the 2023 Internet Hall of Fame.

US chip manufacturer Applied Materials seeks nod for R&D lab in Bengaluru

Continuing a slew of meetings to attract investment from the United States, Karnataka Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development Minister M.B. Patil held discussions with American chip manufacturer Applied Materials regarding setting up of a Center of Excellence for innovation and an R&D lab at Whitefield in Bengaluru, an official statement said on Thursday.

The business secrets of Silicon Valley icon Saeed Amidi

Saeed Amidi, founder of Plug and Play, an accelerator platform in Silicon Valley, is also an angel investor and a successful entrepreneur. He was an opening Keynote speaker at CATEALYZE 2023, organized by American Tamil Entrepreneurs’ Association (ATEA). He shared his inspiring journey with the Indian American engineers, venture capitalists, and startup founders on how, and what took him from being a spoilt youngster to a Silicon Valley icon.

Indian American White House adviser on microchips steps down

Indian American Aaron ‘Ronnie’ Chatterji has stepped down as a White House coordinator at the National Economic Council (NEC), and will return to his post as a business professor at Duke University. Chatterji was appointed by President Joe Biden’s administration in September 2022 for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at NEC.

WhatsApp announces feature to record and share video messages directly on chatbox

Meta chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced a new feature on WhatsApp, which allows users to send short video messages. Zuckerberg took to his official Facebook handle and shared a demonstration video along with a caption, “New for WhatsApp — we’re adding the ability to instantly record and share a video message in your WhatsApp chats. It’s as easy as sending a quick voice message.”

Women scientists are powering India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-3

Even though the Chandrayaan-3 mission is helmed by men, unlike the Chandrayaan-2 mission, a sizable number of women are behind the latest moon mission, said a senior official of Indian Space Research Organization. (ISRO) “There are about 54 female engineers/scientists who worked directly in the Chandrayaan-3 mission. They are associate and deputy project directors and project managers of various systems working at different centres,” a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

Indian American Gurdeep Pall who helped build Microsoft Windows, Skype to resign: Report

Indian American Gurdeep Pall (Above picture courtesy ‘TWIML AI Podcast with Sam Charrington’), a corporate vice president at Microsoft, who helped build and promote Windows, Skype and Bing, intends to retire from the company in September, a media report said. According to The Information, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed his departure via email, describing it as “a long-planned retirement”.

After Threads launch, Twitter threatens Meta with lawsuit

In what may be the clearest sign yet that Twitter sees Meta as a competitive threat, the former has threatened the latter with a lawsuit following the successful launch of Meta’s new Twitter rival, Threads. An attorney for Twitter on Wednesday sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing Meta of stealing trade secrets by employing former Twitter employees. Semafor was the first to report on the letter. The veracity of the letter was confirmed to CNN by a source with knowledge of the situation.

US Coast Guard: Presumed human remains found in Titan sub wreckage

The US Coast Guard has announced that “presumed human remains” were among the debris and evidence recovered from the seafloor where the wreckage of the doomed Titan submersible was found following the vessel’s “catastrophic implosion”. In an official statement on Wednesday, the Coast Guard said that it “received debris and evidence recovered from the seafloor at the site of the Titan submersible when the M/V Horizon Arctic (an anchor handling vessel) arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland” earlier in the day.

BITS Pilani Vice Chancellor V Ramgopal Rao: We need greater, better sources of revenue in academia

Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, the vice chancellor at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani, was a keynote speaker at the BITSync 23 conference held June 10 in Palo Alto, California. While speaking to indica on the sidelines of the event, Dr Rao shared issues that premier Indian institutes like BITS Pilani face, its research challenges, and discussed the means to mitigate these problems.

“Sky is not the limit…”: PM Modi on India-US relationship

As India agrees to join the Artemis Accords, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (local time) said that India has taken a long leap in its space cooperation with the United States. “Today holds a special significance in the history of India-US relations. A new chapter has been added to our Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership,” PM Modi said while addressing a joint press conference on Thursday in the US.

SteadiSpoon founder, Indian American Raleigh Dewan among winners of TiE University Global Pitch Competition

Indian American Raleigh Dewan, founder of SteadiSpoon, was declared one of the winners of the fifth TiE University Global Pitch Competition held parallelly with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) TiEcon 2023 last month. SteadiSpoon is an affordable, self-stabilizing eating device that empowers people suffering from Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases regain agency, autonomy, and dignity.