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Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

Microsoft said to announce 700 layoffs alongside quarterly earnings next week

While the last year seems to have been a positive one overall for Microsoft, with the company debuting interesting new hardware, such as the Surface Studio, alongside the growth of its software, including Windows 10. However, it appears Microsoft still has plans to follow through with last summer's promise to slash almost 3,000 jobs, with 700 layoffs said to be announced next week alongside the company's quarterly earnings report on January 26th.

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Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

This afternoon Apple released a statement which suggests they've begun a process to sue Qualcomm for unfair licensing practices for mobile technology. Apple also suggests that, due to Apple cooperating with a Korea-based regulatory probe into Qualcomm's business, the mobile processor-makers have withheld money owed to Apple. An amount of money, Apple says, that runs up to $1-billion in unpaid royalty rebates.

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Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Amazon Dash is a strange but oddly reasonable product.It removes every excuse not to get your groceries done, especially for essential supplies. Or seen in another way, it appeals to the human propensity for laziness. But apparently even the act of physically pushing a button might be too much work. Or that people are not so keen on buying a $5 button. So what is poor Amazon to do? Why, make a virtual Amazon Dash button, of course! And that is exactly what smart Amazon did.

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Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter has previously stated goal related to improving company diversity, and its latest report about the matter indicates it made great strides toward that goal last year, including exceeding its workforce hiring goals in many categories. Though the company didn’t hire as many women into technical roles as it had hoped to, it did increase the overall number of women and underrepresented minorities it employed in 2016, among (many) other things.

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Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

It appears Amazon may be up to another one of its mysterious, experimental projects. It's been discovered that the company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to test wireless communication technology in areas of Washington, all without stating the exact purpose. There are a few hints that the tests could be related to Amazon's desire to begin drone deliveries, but the company only says it involves "innovative communications capabilities and functionalities."

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Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position, it has been announced, and he will be moving on to focus on his role as chairman for Snapchat-owner Snap, Inc. Lynton has served as head of the entertainment division for the last 13 years, and was among the executives affected by the studio's huge security breach in 2014 that saw emails, films, and personal data leaked to the internet.

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Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Following recent news that an indictment and fine were nearly finalized, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a $1 billion fine against Takata, the company behind faulty air bags. In addition to the fine, the Justice Department has indicted three company executives. Takata as a company will plead guilty to fraud. Though the news has just been publicized, the decision was made on December 7.

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Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a deep learning startup in Montreal

Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a deep learning startup in Montreal

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of a Montreal-based startup named Maluuba. The acquisition seems to revolve around Maluuba’s natural language work, though the startup works on more than just that, ultimately focusing on the development of artificial intelligence capable of thinking and speaking like a human. Microsoft says that Maluuba’s vision is “exactly in line with ours.”

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FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

Zero-rated services are becoming increasingly popular among carriers and companies, giving customers a way to consume certain content without using up their high-speed data allotment. Such arrangements have raised concerns about net neutrality in the past, and while the FCC isn't necessarily against zero-rated offerings, it has expressed concerns with some of them. Verizon and AT&T are, once again, the focus of that concern.

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Amazon plans to add 100k US jobs in the next 18 months

Amazon plans to add 100k US jobs in the next 18 months

Amazon has announced that it will be adding a whopping 100,000 new jobs in the near future. That's a lot of new jobs for any one company to add, but it's made even more impressive by the fact that Amazon already provides 180,000 jobs across the country. Assuming Amazon's plan plays out just how it envisions, that means it will soon provide nearly 300,000 jobs in the United States.

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WhatsApp Enterprise references found in beta apps

WhatsApp Enterprise references found in beta apps

We’ve known for a while now that WhatsApp has plans for businesses, and now references to those plans may have been found in the messaging app’s latest beta release for mobile devices. According to @WABetaInfo, references to "Enterprise" have been found in the newest Android, iOS, and Windows Phone versions of the beta app, as well as some changes to how messages are handled.

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Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce

Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce

Parrot plans to restructure its drone division in such a way that will see approximately 290 jobs cut and about 150 positions ‘being made redundant.’ The workforce cuts will affect both international and France-based employees, and will take place as part of a ‘cost reduction phase.’ The company detailed its plan and reasoning behind it in its recently published preliminary financial report.

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