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Lackluster PlayBook Sales Force Layoffs at Quanta

A precipitous drop in shipments of Research In Motion’s PlayBook has forced the company to ramp down production of the tablet — with disastrous results for its manufacturing partner Quanta.

Industry sources say Quanta has sacked more than 1,000 employees at a plant in northern Taiwan, slashing the PlayBook’s production line to “a few hundred” from about 1,900. Though Quanta declined to specify the reasons for the cuts, beyond attributing them to a “specific product,” they are believed to be the result of what DigiTimes describes as “drastically shrinking” orders for the PlayBook.

Which seems entirely plausible. RIM shipped just 200,000 PlayBooks in the second quarter, far below what most analysts had been expecting, and down from about 500,000 last quarter, when it first began selling the device.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus