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The last three months have been a busy time for engineering job news, with a number of companies opening new development centers around the world. Silicon Valley, meanwhile, was mostly quiet. There was not a lot of bad news, but only a few bursts of hiring activity. Here’s a sampling of the latest tech hiring and firing announcements.
The most recent news came from Chinese tech firm Huawei. The company said that it would lay off 600 tech workers from Futurewei, the company’s U.S. R&D subsidiary with offices in California, Texas, and Washington. The subsidiary currently employs 850. The layoffs aren’t particularly surprising, coming after the U.S. government in May added Huawei to a blacklist that prevents U.S. companies from supplying it with technology without a special license; Futurewei’s reason for existence is to develop technology for use by Huawei.
Microsoft, meanwhile, is looking to hire about 20 engineers for Your Phone development. Your Phone is an app that allows Windows PCs to mirror some aspects of Android phones, including text messages, photos, and notifications. Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters are less than five miles from Futurewei’s Bellevue labs, which could be good news for at least a few just-fired mobile phone developers.