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Google, which says it's cutting 12,000 workers, has not indicated how the layoffs impact Google Cloud.

Claudia Adrien

January 27, 2023

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Channel people at 8×8, Intel, Google Cloud, RingCentral and more are among the individuals making waves this week. Channel Futures’ Channel People Making Waves showcases those who have made an impact over the last seven days. (See our slideshow above.) It’s also a recap of the most-read stories on our website.

Of the seven stories and people we feature this week, five of them involve layoffs in the tech sector. It’s an endless barrage of pink slips, as companies notify many employees by mass email. This era is a complete turnaround from the spending and hiring of just a few years ago. And some of the big tech companies are not even done, going for more rounds of layoffs. One activist investor who controls between $6 billion and $7 billion of Alphabet is encouraging the company’s CEO to go further. Read more about that in our roundup.

There were just two stories that made our list that didn’t involve job cuts. Both are about acquisitions. For one of those deals, it means modernizing the unified communications experience for customers faster and more effectively than either of those companies involved could do independently. However, we’ll have to wait a few months for the deal to go through.

That sums it up: layoffs and acquisitions. Join us next time for hopefully a different take on tech and the channel.

And, if you didn’t catch our previous edition, you can find it here.

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Claudia Adrien

Claudia Adrien is a reporter for Channel Futures where she covers breaking news. Prior to Informa, she wrote about biosecurity and infectious disease for a national publication. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Florida and resides in Tampa.

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