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Apple to repurpose Arizona sapphire plant post-GT Advanced

11/18, 11:21pm

Some current employees may be able to continue working in revamped facility

The sapphire manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona owned by Apple but currently occupied by the now-bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies will eventually be re-purposed by the iPhone maker, according to a report from Mesa City Manager Chris Brady. This could allow some employees, who are looking at possible layoffs as early as this month, to continue working at the facility. Currently, GT Advanced is being allowed to remain in the facility rent-free through the remainder of the year in order to wind down operations.

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Left with few options after court ruling, Aereo starts layoffs

11/09, 2:17pm

Over-the-air company to shut down Boston office, some New York workers affected

A ruling from the US District Court in October is causing more hurt than first realized, as Aereo ist now turning to layoffs as a way hold resources for the future. Between offices in New York and Boston, the company is letting go of a large number of employees. More devastating is the coming closure of the Boston office, which Aereo expects to shut down on November 12.

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Last large wave of Microsoft layoffs completed, 3,000 jobs shed

10/29, 5:30pm

Company cuts around 638 jobs in Seattle, 'almost all' of the jobs cuts completed

News of Microsoft's last large wave of layoffs hit today, with the company cutting an additional 3,000 jobs to reach its goal of 18,000. The final significant wave is larger than the number of positions released in September, but they continue to be spread across various parts of the company. Microsoft had set out to reduce its worldwide workforce by 14 percent with the layoff plan, beginning with nearly 12,500 employees of Nokia in July.

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Sprint begins layoffs, workforce reduction to cost company $160M

10/06, 2:59pm

Layoffs to be completed by the end of October according to Sprint SEC filing

More changes are coming for the third-ranked wireless carrier in the United States, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC filing indicates that Sprint has started a workforce reduction plan that affects an undisclosed number of workers. While the number of layoffs coming when CEO Marcelo Claure was brought aboard earlier in the year wasn't stated, he did inform employees that the cost-cutting measures were an inevitability.

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Microsoft sheds 2,100 jobs in second wave of employee layoffs

09/18, 3:33pm

Company continues towards 18,000 layoffs, 35 percent coming from Washington

Microsoft has moved into phase two of its previous announcement to part ways with 18,000 employees. Today, the company released an additional 2,100 employees in order to move closer to the July 2015 deadline that was previously laid out. It's unknown which sections of the company are seeing the layoffs, but the job cuts are happening on a global scale.

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Microsoft offers Nokia phone to Chinese workers who voluntarily part

08/07, 6:51pm

Former employees get a $162 phone if they leave, but limited to 300 offers a day

It seems that Microsoft is trying to sweeten the pot to get workers to leave the Nokia factory and research and design center in Beijing. The software company is offering any of the former employees at the Nokia locations a free phone if they voluntarily split from the company. The offer is part of Microsoft's plans to eliminate about 4,700 jobs in the Beijing locations.

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Microsoft insider: company looking to lighten workforce by 10 percent

07/08, 10:30am

Layoffs a result of redundant positions generated by Nokia purchase

In the wake of Microsoft's Nokia buy, the giant is facing an abundance of employees. Despite having over 2,000 open positions according to its own hiring page, sources within and close to the company claim that up to 10 percent of the workforce will be purged under former CEO Steve Ballmer's "One Microsoft" 10-year plan for the company.

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Nintendo Europe exiting German office, lays off 130 employees

06/08, 2:17pm

European operations consolidated in Frankfurt, redundancy causes layoffs

After three consecutive years of losses, Nintendo is being forced into the position of closing down one of its offices. The gaming company will close down its office in GroĂźostheim, Germany to consolidate its European operations to Frankfurt. In the process, Nintendo will eliminate 130 permanent positions in the company as the two offices consolidate.

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Dell preparing to lay off 15,000 employees this week, claims report

02/03, 7:59am

All conference rooms booked at Dell HQ for alleged mass layoffs

Dell could be preparing to lay off over 15,000 employees this week, according to a report. As part of the restructuring efforts after completing its return to a private ownership, the computer manufacturer will apparently be making the staff reductions globally and in all departments, with departments that have already been affected by layoffs expected to cull another 15 percent of the workforce.

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TiVo lays off 5 designers, remains committed to hardware production

01/23, 5:46am

TiVo remains fully committed to Roamio, working on cloud potential

A significant part of TiVo's hardware design team has been laid off, though the company warns that it is still committed to producing hardware. Vice president of corporate communications Steve Wymer confirmed the layoffs, but was quick to speak against reports of an exit from devices, claiming "It's not right to say that TiVo's out of the hardware business."

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T-Mobile exec warns of additional layoffs

05/15, 4:20pm

Extent of staff cuts remains unclear

T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm has reportedly distributed a memo to employees warning of "difficult decisions" as the company prepares to announce further restructuring plans. The note does not detail the extent of such cuts, though the executive suggests it is forced to find a new strategy that "aligns our costs with our revenue realities" to help the company "return to growth."

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Yahoo preps for layoffs, thousands could lose jobs

03/06, 5:00am

Yahoo prepping for major restructure, job loses

Following the hiring of ex-PayPal chief Scott Thompson as CEO, Yahoo is said to be preparing to make major cuts to its workforce. In conjunction with the hiring of Thompson, the Yahoo board also hired the Boston Consulting Group to conduct a strategic review of the organisation. The restructuring is expected to result in what could amount to job loses in the ‘thousands’ according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Apple lays off 174 in Elk Grove, adding NYC office?

05/01, 11:35pm

Apple lays off 174 in CA

Despite one of its best quarters ever, Apple on Thursday cut 174 sales jobs at its Elk Grove campus. The Business Journal reports that all affected employees -- some of whom were part of the company's telesales team and others who were online chat representatives -- were offered the option to relocate to location in Austin, Texas, or apply for another position at Apple in Elk Grove; however it was not clear why Apple chose to reduce its sales force as many predict a bright future with Macs sales growth outpacing the PC industry. Last year the company was searching for workers to man its iPhone support team in the Sacramento area.

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Motorola cuts additional 2600 jobs from workforce

04/03, 11:45pm

Motorola cuts 2600 jobs

Motorola today announced it would terminate an additional 2600 jobs from its workforce, bringing the current total of layoffs to 10,000 since the beginning of 2007. According to The Wall Street Journal, Motorola comes up against increased pressure in the face of declining cellphone sales, of which it recently lost its coveted second tier position in worldwide handset share to Samsung, a move that caused Motorola's sales to fall 38 percent in year-over-year quarterly profits.

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Yahoo lays off 1000, shifts business focus

01/29, 11:25pm

Yahoo layoffs, focus shift

Yahoo recently unveiled plans to remove 1000 of its 14,300 employees by mid-February to cut costs and to refine its focus on its major services. The New York Times reports that in light of its fourth quarter earnings, and a dismal forecast of future financials, layoffs will occur in unspecified areas of Yahoo's workforce. While the amount of employees laid off are many, the company said that it would be investing heavily in select areas of business, so individuals effected by the cutbacks are free to apply to the focus areas.

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