5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

MYOB CEO Tim Reed.

It’s Thursday. Here’s what you need to know in Australian tech today.

1. Massive Microsoft layoffs. Cutting 7,800 jobs, it’s a move related to its Nokia acquisition last year and one that will cost the company an impairment charge of $US7.6 billion this quarter. CEO Satya Nadella said most of the cuts will come from the hardware division, including its smartphone business. There’s more here.

2. Who would’ve thought a little wombat could cause so much trouble? Servcorp definitely didn’t. The services company found itself at the centre of a social media scandal earlier this week when its mascot, which was used in a Ramadan advertisement, was mistaken for a pig in Malaysia. Company CEO Alf Moufarrige spoke to Business Insider about the experience here.

3. Just like video killed the radio star, drones could kill the mail man. The Swiss Post is currently testing drones for delivery. But it could take up to five years to get the program off the ground. Full story is here.

4. The tough thing about startups is so many fail. Before Stewart Butterfield was the CEO of $2.8 billion Slack he had to shut down his previous operation, an online games company called TinySpeck, and let go of a bunch of people. He speaks on the most horrible things about shutting down the startup here.

5. Some tech execs are trying to turn off. MYOB CEO Tim Reed makes a habit of turning his phone off when he puts his kids to bed. It’s a habit which he says has developed over the life of his seven year tenure at the helm of the accounting software company. Also trying to get her employees to switch off, Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington just adopted a brilliant strategy to help employees take stress-free vacations. The company has built an email opt-out tool which either deletes or archives messages sent while employees are on annual leave. More about that here.

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