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TC Roundup: Google Launches consolidated partner program

Google Launches consolidated partner program: Over the last few years, Google has run a reseller program for Google Apps For Work, as well as programs around some of its other services. Today it is relaunching and consolidating these programs under the Google Apps for Work and Education Partner Program moniker.

The new partner program will combine Google's existing programs around Apps, Chrome, Cloud Platform, Maps and Search. Google says the idea here is to allow its "partners to better sell, service and innovate across the Google for Work and Education suite of products and platforms." (Reuters)

Angry Birds maker Rovio to cut 110 jobs: Finnish mobile games maker Rovio, owner of the Angry Birds brand, on Thursday said it would cut about 110 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, and shut down a Finnish studio following talks with employees.

Rovio announced a plan to cut up to 130 jobs in October, saying growth had not been as strong as expected. (Reuters)

Facebook just gained a big ally in its battle with Cisco: Last summer, an organization led by Facebook fired a huge shot at Cisco. On Thursday, one of Cisco's oldest rivals, Juniper, jumped in to back Facebook in a big way.

And the threat to Cisco from Facebook went from huge to enormous. It won't kill Cisco, but it will shake the trees a little bit and force Cisco to make some uncomfortable choices. (Venture Beat)

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