Today in Tech: Sony firing 10,000 workers in major restructuring effort

April 12, 2012, 3:00 PM UTC

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* It’s confirmed: As part of a $926 million restructuring effort, Sony (SNE) will lay off 10,000 employees by the end of March 2013. The struggling Japanese electronics giant also explained its plans to focus on core businesses like gaming, digital imaging, and mobile, as well as hopes of turning around its foundering TV business. (Reuters via The Next Web)

Nest Labs brought on former Apple intellectual property chief Chip Lutton.

Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat, brought on former Apple intellectual property chief Chip Lutton as the startup’s general council. The move comes as the Nest fends off a lawsuit filed by Honeywell last February claiming patent infringement. (Fortune)

* Why the U.S. Justice Department will likely lose in its pursuit over Apple (AAPL) over alleged e-book price fixing and why the antitrust charges may put Amazon (AMZN) in a better position to drive down its own e-book prices. (CNET and The New York Times)

* Amazon also introduced Amazon CloudSearch, a new fully-featured search engine for Amazon Web Service developers. (Amazon)

* Patch’s Editor in Chief, Brian Farnham, is leaving the AOL-backed hyper local news venture. (VentureBeat)

* Want to know how exactly an iPad gets made? Here’s a video from the Foxconn factory floor. (Marketplace)

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