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Google steals Meta’s ‘efficiency’ excuse as it lays off hundreds in AI pivot, loses Fitbit leaders

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What you need to know

  • 9to5Google reports that Google will lay off a few hundred AR Hardware engineers.
  • It also announced the departure of Fitbit co-founders James Park and Eric Friedman, plus “other Fitbit leaders.”
  • Semafor reports that the Google Assistant team also lost hundreds of workers as the company pivots to the Bard generative AI.
  • The New York Times revealed several hundred layoffs in the core engineering department. 

Google has announced a widespread round of layoffs across several divisions — augmented reality (AR) hardware, Google Assistant, and core engineering — in the wake of an extremely profitable year for the company. 

“A number of our teams made changes to become more efficient and work better, and to align their resources to their biggest product priorities,” a Google rep told Android Central and other publications. 

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