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Reportedly following months of employee frustration
Awadallah began the June 13th post — titled “We are one!” — with a declaration that “‘I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people’! and emphasis here is on the past tense.” The 10,000-word manifesto discussed his upbringing in Egypt, saying he’d been “very cautious” working with Stanford research adviser and VMWare founder Mendel Rosenblum but that Rosenblum had “converted me to be a Jew lover to be honest.” Awadallah also cited a 23andMe analysis saying he had 0.1 percent Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry to claim he “belong[s] to the Jewish ethnic group by DNA.”
At least one Google employee, Daniel Golding, publicly commented on the post. “On one hand, I’m grateful that you no longer hate my children. On the other, this has made my job as one of your colleagues much harder. The previous situation has made being a Jewish leader at Google tough. This has made it almost untenable,” Golding wrote. “I’m unsure why you would write this under your title and company affiliation and it frustrates me. You could simply have done this as a private person.”
CNBC spoke with employees who said frustration had already been building over Awadallah’s leadership style and that the post had made it harder for employees to perform effective developer relations. Awadallah joined Google in 2019 after co-founding the cloud services company Cloudera. After a tense all-hands meeting where employees confronted Awadallah about the post, Google Cloud VP of engineering and product Eyal Manor reportedly sent an internal email announcing his departure. “I wanted to share that today is Amr Awadallah’s last day at Google,” it read in part, according to CNBC. Google declined comment on the story, and Awadallah did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Verge was able to confirm his departure from the company.
Google, along with other tech companies, has faced growing internal conflicts in recent years. Employees have pushed back against alleged bias and sexual harassment and a failure to live up to its stated ideals, including firing prominent artificial intelligence ethics researchers who raised concerns about the company’s AI. In the email reviewed by CNBC, Manor reportedly noted that work at Google has been “particularly challenging with a number of organizational changes and leadership transitions while we’ve all been navigating a global pandemic and don’t have the benefit of connecting in person together like we used to.”
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Google has parted ways with its VP of developer relations for Google Cloud, according to an internal email that employees said followed a contentious all-hands meeting about antisemitism.
"I wanted to share that today is Amr Awadallah's last day at Google," Eyal Manor, Google Cloud vice president of engineering and product, wrote in the email to staff Thursday evening and viewed by CNBC. "Effective immediately, the Cloud DevRel organization will report into Ben Jackson, who will report into Pali Bhat."
Manor's email went on to praise the team for helping Cloud's "massive growth" while thanking them for reaching out about cultural issues. "I know it has been particularly challenging with a number of organizational changes and leadership transitions while we've all been navigating a global pandemic and don't have the benefit of connecting in person together like we used to."
Awadallah, who was vice president of Developer Relations and joined the company in 2019, wrote a 10,000-word manifesto on LinkedIn in June about his previous antisemitism. It was titled "We Are One."
"I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people"! and emphasis here is on the past tense," his manifesto began. "Yes, I was anti-Semitic, even though I am a Semite, as this term broadly refers to the peoples who speak Semitic languages, such as Arabic and Hebrew, among others."
In interviews with CNBC, several employees described a contentious staff meeting on Wednesday, which touched on the manifesto. CNBC also viewed internal documentation of complaints. The meeting replay was sent to more than 100 employees from the team Thursday, employees said.
"Thank you to those of you who reached out," Manor said in the departure announcement email. "It shows how much you care about this organization and building a maintaining a supportive culture."
Google declined to comment. Awadallah did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment sent via direct message to his Facebook account.
Awadallah, an Egyptian American who is well-known in the cloud industry, also posted his manifesto on YouTube and Twitter in attempts to decry antisemitism by recounting how he became enlightened after he "hated all Jews." In an awkward attempt to decry hate amid the Israel-Palestinian conflict, he listed all the Jews he knew who he said were good people. Employees said his public admission, which omitted major historic Jewish events, made it difficult for public-facing developer advocates who are tasked with being the face and bridge for Google developers internally and externally.
Within the manifesto, Awadallah describes how he was "cautious" of VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum based on his last name but that he learned to appreciate him after getting to know him and his spouse, VNware co-founder and former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, who both invested in Awadallah's company Cloudera.
The contention and departure one month after the manifesto come as Google faces questions about how it handles diversity among its leaders and a perceived double standard by rank-and-file employees. Employees said they often faced reprimand for far less offensive social media posts.
Employees who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said the frustration with Awadallah's leadership style had been building for months, leading up to this week's all-hands meeting, where employees confronted him about their discomfort with his manifesto, working with him and the leadership attrition of his reporting leaders. The meeting, employees said, required mediation from a human resources employee who had to step in several times.
"On one hand, I'm grateful that you not longer hate my children," a Google director of Network Infrastructure and Tech Site lead said in a LinkedIn comment. "On the other, this has made my job as one of your colleagues much harder. The previous situation has made being a Jewish leader at Google tough. This has made it almost untenable."
While Awadallah in his manifesto acknowledged his prior prejudice in apparent pursuit of "peace," he used anecdotes and personal stories to try to make a point about why his current assertions are correct. One way he does this is by sharing his 23andMe results, which showed he was 0.1% Ashkenazi Jewish, which he typed in boldface as a reason for why he's technically Jewish, too. Employees said Awadallah had previously used his 23andMe results to justify his opinions.
"I admire many Jewish people as I shared earlier, but I will also tell you this with unwavering conviction: The Jewish people aren't any more special than the Christian, Black, Hispanic, White, Muslim, Asian, Arab peoples or any other group of people for that matter," his manifesto read.
When employees expressed their discomfort at the all-hands meeting Wednesday, the executive doubled down on his manifesto and insisted employees misunderstood, they said.
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A Google executive has left the company after publishing a manifesto in which he admitted to previously being anti-Semitic — but claimed to no longer hate Jews.
“I wanted to share that today is Amr Awadallah’s last day at Google,” Eyal Manor, Google Cloud vice president of engineering and product, wrote Thursday in an email to staff, which was viewed by CNBC. “Effective immediately, the Cloud DevRel organization will report into Ben Jackson, who will report into Pali Bhat.”
The announcement comes about a month after Awadallah, who joined the company in 2019 and was the vice president of developer relations for Google Cloud, published a 10,000-word manifesto on LinkedIn that began, “I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people! and emphasis here is on the past tense.”
The manifesto, in which Awadallah, an Egyptian American, lists all the Jews he knows who he said are good people, was titled “We Are One!”
Elsewhere in the manifesto, Awadallah shared his 23andMe results, which showed he was 0.1 percent Ashkenazi Jewish, which he emphasized in boldface font.
Awadallah also recounts in the manifesto how he was “very cautious” of VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum because of his last name. Awadallah added that he later came to appreciate him and even described Rosenblum as his “first ‘Jewish angel.'”
“I wasn’t sure if he was religious, but as I got to know him, I felt that he was atheist or at least agnostic,” Awadallah wrote about Rosenblum.
The manifesto rankled some of Awadallah’s former colleagues, including Daniel Golding, a Google director of network infrastructure and tech site lead.
“On one hand, I’m grateful that you not longer hate my children,” he wrote in a LinkedIn comment on Awadallah’s post. “On the other, this has made my job as one of your colleagues much harder. The previous situation has made being a Jewish leader at Google tough. This has made it almost untenable.”
“I’m unsure why you would write this under your title and company affiliation and it frustrates me. You could simply have done this as a private person,” he added.
It’s unclear what Golding means by “the previous situation” that had already made it difficult to be a Jewish leader at Google.
But last month, Google reassigned Kamau Bobb, the company’s former diversity chief, after a 2007 blog post surfaced in which he wrote that Jews have “an insatiable appetite for war and killing” — and an “insensitivity” to people’s suffering.
Representatives for Google have not returned multiple requests for comment on how or whether the company vets potential employees for hateful views during the hiring process.
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Bell Canada has become the latest major telecom to announce its latest public cloud deal, this time hooking up with Google Cloud to give its network and IT infrastructure a leg up.
The deal brings together Bell’s 5G network with Google’s multi-cloud, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, the telco said. Amongst other things, the deal will see Bell move critical workloads to the cloud, including IT, network functions and applications. Bell will also use Google’s multi-cloud solution, Anthos, to bring greater automation and flexibility and, crucially, support its desire to use different cloud environments.
The partnership comes just six weeks after Bell buddied up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable it to overhaul its business and consumer applications, as well as to offer AWS-powered multi-access edge computing (MEC) to business and government users.
Bell describes the Google Cloud tie-up as a multi-year partnership and later intimates that it plans to work with the hyperscaler for the next decade to address the growing and evolving demands on mobile networks. The pair will look at new cloud solutions for enterprises and consumers powered by Google edge solutions, and the use of AI and automation to improve customer service, as well exploring new ways to evolve the network experience and introduction of next-generation services.
“We’re excited to partner with Google Cloud as part of our ongoing digital transformation and take Bell’s 5G network leadership to the next level,” said Bell Canada chief executive Mirko Bibic. “Supporting Bell’s goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, Google’s proven expertise in cloud and leadership in sustainability will provide our customers with even faster, more reliable access to the best broadband network and communications services in Canada,” Bibic said, in a statement that doesn’t actually tell us a lot.
But it doesn’t need to; it’s pretty clear which way the wind is blowing for big telecoms operators.
Bell has done two public cloud deals in as many months, and it is not the only one. A fortnight ago its peer from south of the border, AT&T, announced its intention to hand over its 5G core to Microsoft Azure and just a week later disclosed that it is furthering its existing partnership with Google Cloud to bring to market 5G and edge solutions aimed at businesses in various verticals.
US mobile market newcomer Dish passed over its entire 5G network to AWS back in April, but that was less of a surprise, given that the operator made it clear from the start that it would take a cloud native approach to network rollout and embrace Open RAN technologies. AT&T’s big rival Verizon, meanwhile, recently hooked up with IBM and Red Hat to build an open hybrid cloud platform with automated operations and service orchestration as the foundation of its 5G core; essentially, it’s pushing further into cloud native, and could well make a public cloud announcement before too long.
Meanwhile, back in Canada, Telus announced a 10-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud earlier this year. Much like Bell, it was looking for help with its network and IT modernisation initiatives, operational agility, and improved customer experience – all the usual buzz phrases from a telco public cloud deal.
That handful of recent telco cloud deals covers North America only. Looking more broadly, the world is the hyperscalers’ oyster and indications are that they will keep diving for those telco transformation pearls.
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Google Cloud, a leading provider of cloud technology in the digital world, and AT&T, market-leading communications solution provider, announced the expansion of their collaboration recently. The two companies are now announcing new solutions within the 5G and Edge computing portfolio, including an AT&T on-premises solution for Multi-access Edge Computing, and a Network Edge offering through 5G, wireline, and LTE.
For more than a year, Google Cloud and AT&T have been developing solutions on the edge for the enterprise environment. The two companies are now working together to deliver transformative capabilities to assist businesses in driving real value and industry-changing experiences in healthcare, retail, entertainment, and manufacturing.
AT&T and Google Cloud have enhanced experiences in a range of environments, with the ability to use Android, Google Maps, Pixel, augmented reality, and VR solutions in Google for a better customer experience. For instance, video analytics services are available to support businesses in crowd control, queue management, and theft prevention.
In the retail environment, companies can streamline and automate inventory management for all kinds of business operations. Healthcare organisations are scaling access to services like remote therapy and using AR or VR for remote care. Manufacturing companies can work with the two brands to accelerate remote support and quality control checks at various locations, optimizing bandwidth usage with video on the edge.
Even entertainment companies are enhancing in-venue experiences for sporting and musical events, which can range from immersive Extended Reality experiences to ticketless entry tools. The companies are also working together to evaluate how to optimise applications with network APIs, using real-time networking formation on the Google Cloud edge.
The new Multi-Access Edge Computing solution from AT&T combines the existing 5G and MEC offering with the core capabilities of Google Cloud, such as AI, Machine Learning, Kubernetes, data analytics, and Edge ISV ecosystems. The solution allows enterprises to run modern applications closer to their end-users, with the ability to manage data on-premises, in a customer data center, or in the cloud.
The AT&T Network Edge (ANE) offering with Google Cloud also enables enterprises to deploy applications at the Google POPs, and AT&T fibre and 5G networks. This low-latency environment provides faster experiences to end-users. The companies are currently planning a multi-year strategy to bring the solution to various zones across multiple cities. Google Cloud VP of Global Telecom George Nazi says combining the power of Google Cloud and AT&T helps enterprises to create new and improved experiences they couldn’t achieve before.
Premises-based 5G and computing on the edge gives customers more control over where data goes, how they use that data, and more. These capabilities allow businesses to deliver unique outcomes, both now and in the future. According to Jason Leigh, the research manager for mobile services and 5G research at IDC, 5G, the edge, and cloud services have a lot of promise as standalone services but combining them complementary tools extends the promise even further.
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Eyal Manor, Google Cloud vice president of Engineering & Product, made the announcement in an internal company email seen by CNBC, which said that “today is Amr Awadallah’s last day at Google”.
Manor added that Awadallah’s subordinates at the Cloud developer relations team will from now on report to Cloud Content & Documentation director Ben Jackson, who in turn will report to vice president of Product & Design Pali Bhat.
The changes are “effective immediately”, he told employees.
Awadallah’s confession, titled “We Are One”, was posted to LinkedIn on 13 June. Opening with the statement “I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people”, it contains multiple anecdotes from his experience as a Muslim working with Jewish colleagues in the tech industry.
One such example are his relations with VMware co-founders Mendel Rosenblum and Diane Green, the latter of which joined Google Cloud in 2012 and would later become CEO between 2015 and 2019. Rosenblum and Green, who are married, invested in Awadallah's startup Cloudera, yet Awadallah was initially “very cautious” of working with Rosenblum due to his Jewish background.
Although some comments under the LinkedIn post were positive, the confession was generally poorly received by Awadallah’s co-workers at Google, with the director of Network Infrastructure and Tech Site lead, Daniel Golding saying that the “previous situation has made being a Jewish leader at Google tough”.
“On one hand, I'm grateful that you no longer hate my children. On the other, this has made my job as one of your colleagues much harder,” he wrote, before adding: “I'm unsure why you would write this under your title and company affiliation and it frustrates me. You could simply have done this as a private person.”
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The post was also the subject of a reportedly contentious meeting that required the intervention of HR, yet Awadallah remained in his position as VP of developer relations. Although today is his last day at Google Cloud, his LinkedIn job status hasn’t been updated.
Google staff members told CNBC that the issue was an example of a double standard of the company’s treatment of employees, adding that “they often faced reprimand for far less offensive social media posts”.
The incident is the latest example of Google’s diversity issues: the tech giant recently came under fire for 'problematic' responses to employee racism complaints. Earlier this year, it also settled hiring bias accusations for $3.8 million.
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Construction of such a cloud region in Delhi and in its outskirts is the U.S. tech giant’s second piece of infrastructure created in the country and the tenth in the Asia Pacific.
According to the CEO of Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian, in India, there has been a huge increase in demand for google cloud services, and therefore the expansion of such infrastructure in a new cloud region gives the ability to provide more dimensions for growth over many years. It is a huge commitment from them in capital and infrastructure investment. However, Google did not mention the investments it had made to set up the new cloud facilities.
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“I wanted to share that today is Amr Awadallah’s last day at Google,” Eyal Manor, Google Cloud vice president of engineering and product, wrote in an internal email obtained by CNBC. “Effective immediately, the Cloud DevRel organization will report into Ben Jackson, who will report into Pali Bhat.”
“I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people! And emphasis here is on the past tense,” the LinkedIn post begins. “Yes, I was anti-Semitic, even though I am a Semite, as this term broadly refers to the peoples who speak Semitic languages, such as Arabic and Hebrew, among others.”
The piece goes on to recount how Awadallah came to no longer hate the Jewish people, absurdly, listing all the Jews he knew to be good people at one point. He describes how he was initially “cautious” of VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum based on his last name but got over it once he became better acquainted with him and his spouse, VNware co-founder and former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. Rosenblum and Greene both invested in Awadallah’s company Cloudera.
He also went on to say that, although he “admires” the Jewish people, they “aren’t any more special than the Christian, Black, Hispanic, White, Muslim, Asian, Arab peoples or any other group of people for that matter.”
Google employees interviewed by CNBC revealed that several complaints were lodged during a particularly contentious staff meeting on Wednesday, where Awadallah is said to have doubled down on his manifesto. They also admitted that frustration over Awadallah’s leadership style had been growing for months. The employees chose to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
“On one hand, I’m grateful that you no longer hate my children,” a Google director of network infrastructure said in a LinkedIn comment. “On the other, this has made my job as one of your colleagues much harder. The previous situation has made being a Jewish leader at Google tough. This has made it almost untenable.”
TheWrap’s attempts to reach Google for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.
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"I wanted to share that today is Amr Awadallah's last day at Google," Eyal Manor, Google's vice president of engineering and product, wrote in the email, sent to Google Cloud employees on Thursday. Manor wrote that the Google Cloud developer-relations team would now report to the Google executive Ben Jackson.
Google confirmed Awadallah's departure in a statement to Insider but declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure. Before arriving at Google, Awadallah was a cofounder of the data-analysis firm Cloudera and a vice president at Yahoo. Awadallah did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Awadallah's departure comes about a month after the exec published a 10,224-word LinkedIn post in which he described his "story of redemption" from the "hatred" he felt for Jewish people earlier in his life. The LinkedIn post came with a YouTube video, over two hours long, in which Awadallah echoes many of the points made in the blog around Israel, Palestinians, and antisemitism.
Awadallah, who described himself in the LinkedIn post as a "very proud Egyptian-American" and "a proud Muslim with a touch of healthy agnosticism," said he "was an anti-Semite" but had given up those beliefs and now has a "dream for how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can possible be resolved once the irrational fear is subdued."
In the post, Awadallah said he intended to speak only for himself and not his employer. Still, his post didn't sit right with some Googlers, who took to internal forums to voice their discomfort, according to screenshots viewed by Insider.
"Many people within Google, some on this team, found Amr's recent Linkedin post insensitive and problematic," one anonymous Googler wrote in an internal forum, according to one of several screenshots seen by Insider. "As the most senior leader of this team, how do you (Amr) respond to people who were hurt or offended by what you wrote?"
Manor's email did not specify the reason for Awadallah's departure but thanked employees who "reached out," saying that it showed "how much you care about building and maintaining a supportive culture."
"You've done some phenomenal work together as a team over the last few months advocating for developers and helping Cloud and AMP in its massive growth," Manor wrote. "At the same time, I know it has been particularly challenging with a number of organizational changes and leadership transitions we've all been navigating a global pandemic and don't have the benefit of connecting in person together like we used to."
While it's not clear to which changes Manor was referring to in his email, Kelsey Hightower, a principal engineer on Google Cloud Platform and a prominent figure on its developer-relations team under Awadallah, announced this week on Twitter that he was leaving that organization to take a customer-facing role. Hightower was not immediately available for comment.
Awadallah's departure comes on the heels of another internal controversy surrounding an employee blog post about Israel. One of Google's top executives in diversity strategy and research, Kamau Bobb, left his role on the diversity team in June after a 2007 blog post resurfaced in which he used antisemitic language.