Apple Inc. has announced the relocation of its 121-person Data Operations Annotations team from San Diego to Austin.

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The team, which was largely focused on improving Siri's effectiveness by analysing voice requests, was surprisingly notified of this decision.

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As part of Apple's larger plan to centralise activities at its Austin facility,

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The team has till the end of February to make a decision on the relocation.

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Those who refuse will be fired by April 26.

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Many employees have voiced reluctance to relocate in light of this revelation.

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Their opposition derives from the idea of few non-engineering job options in the relocated location.

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To add to their worries, the San Diego office had previously planned a local move within the city.

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This makes the news of the long-distance move even more unexpected.

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The team in question has a history of privacy violations.

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