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Yet another sign of the times (as if we need one) … Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is laying off some 100 recruiters because it’s reducing its hiring…

Yet another sign of the times (as if we need one) … Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is laying off some 100 recruiters because it’s reducing its hiring rate, according to a post on the official Google blog by Laszlo Bock, VP-People Operations. Bock said the first step was to wind down most of its contracts with third parties but that wasn’t enough: “Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring. … after much consideration, we have with great regret decided that we need to go further and reduce the overall size of our recruiting organization by approximately 100 positions.”

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) cuts may be on way: This tom-tom has been beating at various noise levels for weeks. WSJ is the latest to report that Microsoft may be cutting jobs. The Journal‘s take: “According to people familiar with its plans, the Redmond, Wash., giant is considering layoffs across its various divisions, a rare occurrence for the world’s largest software company. However, plans for the cutbacks are still in flux and Microsoft could end up finding alternative methods of reining in costs, one of these people said.” But CEO Steve Ballmer told the paper in a recent interview that deep retrenchment is “not our company culture.” Cuts could be announced during the earnings call next Thursday.

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