KEY POINTS
  • Amazon is cutting "several hundred" jobs in its Alexa division, and axing several unspecified initiatives in the unit.
  • CEO Andy Jassy has been in cost-cutting mode since last year.
  • The company's devices and services unit, which includes Alexa, was hit by an earlier round of layoffs.

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Visitors at Amazon Alexa boot during the international electronics and innovation fair IFA in Berlin on September 10, 2019.

Amazon on Friday began laying off "several hundred" people in its Alexa division as part of broader belt-tightening that's been underway since last year, the company confirmed.

Daniel Rausch, Amazon's vice president of Alexa and Fire TV, sent a note to staffers informing them of the job cuts, according to a copy of the memo shared by an Amazon spokesperson.

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