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Tough Year In Tech: 10 Crushing 2012 Layoffs

Google's plan to cut 4,000 Motorola Mobility employees is sadly only the latest in a stream of major 2012 tech layoffs. Here's a look at recent announcements.

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The Axe Falls

Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas summed it up in mid-July, with a report stating that in the first half of 2012, layoffs in the technology sector hit their highest levels since 2009, with more than 51,000 planned cuts announced by the end of June.

Not surprisingly, the layoffs are hitting major tech companies experiencing major corporate restructuring or strategic changes. Here's a look at some of the announced layoff plans from those companies, going back to the beginning of the year -- the slow recovery of the tech sector writ large.

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