Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Tech-Site Says HP Is Shutting Down San Diego Software Unit. HP Says It's Not Accurate
Reports that HP is laying off 500 employees at its San Diego Software unit is wrong says a company spokesperson.
The claims about the layoffs were first reported in an article on tech-website, TechCrunch.
According to the article, company emails revealed plans the tech-giant was preparing to shut down the software division as a result of the failure of HP's TouchPad tablet.
An HP spokesperson, however, says the article is "riddled with errors." Instead of mass layoffs less than 50 employees in San Diego will be given a choice between a severance package or a transfer.
"HP has made organizational changes to its Software Products organization," writes a company spokesperson.
"HP intends to move software product development operations for its IT Service Manager (ITSM) and IT Analytics (ITA) products from its San Diego site to R&D centers in Yehud, Israel and Shanghai, China. Some of the positions supporting the affected product groups will be eliminated; those individuals may be redeployed within HP or placed into a severance program."