Week 14 – check out what happened in the tech world

The biggest news of this week is Elon Musk buying 9.2% stake in Twitter and joining the Board of the social media company. LinkedIn’s top 25 companies list in India has the major IT services companies, with TCS on rank one. Google Maps is adding another feature to its App, which will help one know about the estimated toll price to the destination before one starts navigating. The LEGO Group and Epic Games have entered in partnership to shape the future of the metaverse to make it safe and fun for children and families. This and more in Tech News Wrap-Up this week.

Elon Musk to join Twitter Board, buys 9.2% stake

Elon Musk will join Twitter’s  board of directors after taking a 9.2% stake in the  company. Parag Agarwal, CEO, Twitter, in a post said – I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board. Elon Musk has responded saying he is looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!

On April 1, Twitter posted that it is working on the edit button. On April 5th, Elon Musk posted a poll asking the audience their view. 73.6% confirmed that they want the edit option.

Google Maps adds toll price

Google Maps is adding another feature to its App, which will help one know about the estimated toll price to the destination before one starts navigating. It would also look at factors like the cost of using a toll pass or other payment methods, etc. If someone wants to opt for the toll-free route, the same will also be available. Simply tap on the three dots at the top right corner of your directions in Google Maps to see your route options and select ‘Avoid tolls.’

Phone screen showing new toll prices in Google Maps

Additionally, to navigate unfamiliar places, the App will help with traffic lights and stop signs along your route, along with enhanced details like building outlines and areas of interest. More detailed information on the shape and width of a road will be available.

LinkedIn’s top 25 workplaces in India: Tech companies lead the space

LinkedIn has released a list of the top 25 companies in India that are investing in their talent and helping people build careers that will set them up for long-term success. Out of these 25 major IT services companies, TCS, Accenture, Cognizant, Infosys, and Capgemini are the top five. Other tech companies like Amazon, IBM, Tech Mahindra, etc., also figure in the list.

The rankings are based on data across seven pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity, and spread of educational backgrounds.

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The LEGO Group and Epic Games Team Up to Build a Place for Kids to Play in the Metaverse

The LEGO Group and Epic Games announced they are entering a long-term partnership to shape the future of the metaverse to make it safe and fun for children and families. The two companies will team up to build an immersive, creatively inspiring and engaging digital experience for kids of all ages to enjoy together.

The family-friendly digital experience will give kids access to tools that will empower them to become confident creators and deliver amazing play opportunities in a safe and positive space. 

Niels B Christiansen, CEO of The LEGO Group said: “Kids enjoy playing in digital and physical worlds and move seamlessly between the two. We believe there is huge potential for them to develop life-long skills such as creativity, collaboration and communication through digital experiences. But we have a responsibility to make them safe, inspiring and beneficial for all. Just as we’ve protected children’s rights to safe physical play for generations, we are committed to doing the same for digital play. We look forward to working with Epic Games to shape this exciting and playful future.” 

Tim Sweeney, CEO & Founder, Epic Games said: “The LEGO Group has captivated the imagination of children and adults through creative play for nearly a century, and we are excited to come together to build a space in the metaverse that’s fun, entertaining, and made for kids and families.”

Sevashree Mohapatra
A strategic Corporate Communication leader and technology enthusiast, I have more than 20 years of experience in content, corporate communication, and Strategy. Having worked in major media houses and MNCs like Hindustan Times, Ogilvy, ArcelorMittal, and Suez, I have helped brands to create value for their customers.