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  • The Alphabet Workers Union, which represents some Google employees, said more than 1,000 workers have been let go so far in total.The co-founders of Fitbit, James Park and Eric Friedman, are also leaving Google as part of the reorganization, a company spokesperson confirmed..
  • Google acquired the smartwatch company in 2019 for $2.1 billion.Workers at the search giant have been on edge since January of last year, when Alphabet said it would cut about 12,000 jobs, more than 6% of its global workforce..
  • He found a message delivering the news that he had lost his job in his personal email.Over the past year, there have been several rounds of micro-layoffs, the worker said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions..
  • Google — which had about 182,000 employees as of Sept. 30, according to regulatory filings — said more cuts could be expected throughout January as decisions are made at the department level..
  • The employee said everyone is talking about having a Plan B.Workers said it was difficult to get a full picture of how many jobs were affected..
  • The central engineering organization was also hit by cuts, the company said.The reductions come as Google’s core internet search business feels the heat from the AI offerings of rivals Microsoft Corp. and ChatGPT-creator OpenAI..
(Bloomberg) Alphabet Inc.s Google is laying off hundreds of staff working on its digital assistant, hardware and engineering teams as it sustains a drive to cut costs.Most Read from BloombergT [+2608 chars]

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