Today’s Tech Sightings:
Microsoft’s foray into the mobile smartphone market appears to be at an end. The tech giant’s smartphone business has been in its death throes in recent months. And now, Microsoft just announced it will cut about 1,850 jobs, mostly in Finland, and write down $950 million from the business. The move would put an end to the development of new phones.
Up to 60,000 Foxconn factory workers have been replaced by robots, according to the South China Morning Post. Quoting a government official, the newspaper said Foxconn’s Kunshan factory reduced its human workforce from 110,000 to 50,000 to cut costs. A related survey of 100 manufacturers revealed that up to 600 major industrial companies in China’s Jiangsu province will replace human labor with robots in the next five years.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Free Basics program, which just launched in Nigeria, is still facing challenges. The service, part of Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative, is devised to provide internet access to billions of people in developing countries. But it has been criticized for providing a limited version of the Internet, highly controlled by Facebook.
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