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Daily Crunch: Meet the new CEO of Google Cloud

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1. Google Cloud’s new CEO on gaining customers, startups, supporting open source and more
Thomas Kurian, who came to Google Cloud after 22 years at Oracle, said the team is rolling out new contracts and plans to simplify pricing.
Most importantly, though, Google will go on a hiring spree: “A number of customers told us ‘we just need more people from you to help us.’ So that’s what we’ll do.”
2. Walmart to expand in-store tech, including Pickup Towers for online orders and robots
Walmart is doubling down on technology in its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to better compete with Amazon. The retailer says it will add to its U.S. stores 1,500 new autonomous floor cleaners, 300 more shelf scanners, 1,200 more FAST Unloaders and 900 new Pickup Towers.
3. Udacity restructures operations, lays off 20 percent of its workforce
The objective is to do more than simply keep the company afloat, according to co-founder Sebastian Thrun. Instead, Thrun says these measures will allow Udacity to move from a money-losing operation to a “break-even or profitable company by next quarter and then moving forward.”
Daily Crunch: Meet the new CEO of Google Cloud
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