Economic woes give scrutiny to internal comms

Indelicate layoff announcements; Obama leads debate; gadget marketers might need new angles; and more.

Amid economic turmoil, several companies have come under some ridicule for the way they announced cuts to staff and eventually, to the public.

SAP co-CEOs Henning Kagermann and Leo Apotheker reportedly sent staff an e-mail last week that outlined the company's hiring freeze without once mentioning "layoffs." And although Cisco has publicly said the company does not plan layoffs, earlier this week it filed papers to lay off 129 employees.

Finally, Alan Marks, VP of corporate communications at eBay, seems to have coined the word "simplification" to describe the company's laying off 14% of its staff..

Also:

Skittish consumers expect to spend less on gadgetry this year, reports The New York Times.

All Things Digital discusses how or why Apple would leak its own product launches.

Majority rule says Barack Obama won last night's debate.

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