Microsoft lay-offs, Redditor spray-offs and YouTube pay-offs (Girt by CNET podcast 34)

Microsoft shed 7,800 workers as smartphone fortunes fall flat, Redditors go to war with Reddit CEO Ellen Pao and popular YouTuber PewDiePie gets a heck of a pay day.

Nic Healey Senior Editor / Australia
Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.
Nic Healey
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If you're one of the 6.3 percent of Australia who currently uses a Windows phone, then you might want to sit down. Microsoft has laid off 7,800 people, mostly from its phone division, with the company pretty much regarding the $7.2 billion it spent on Nokia as a bad call. But that doesn't mean that Windows doesn't still have some love for smartphones.

It's been a big week for Reddit, with a protest currently in action from users over the sacking of the person in charge of finding talent for the high-profile Ask Me Anything (AMA) series of interviews. It's not looking great for Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, but she seems more than qualified to weather the storm.

If you're a fan of Let's Play videos -- where YouTubers take a guided playthrough of videogames -- then you'll know the name PewDiePie. If you don't then get ready to: The insanely popular streaming video sensation made an astounding $7.4 million last year. And trust us, gaming as a YouTube category isn't going anywhere.

Finally, it's been a big week for Smart TV in Australia, with LG launching its 4K OLED models and Sony showing off the power of the Android TV operating system.


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