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Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

Two sources have told us Dell is starting the expected huge layoff programme this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000.* The company is returning to private ownership to restructure its operations in the wake of a falling PC market, a commoditisation of the server market and a perceived need to better serve enterprises …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Dell disputes 15k layoff figure: Only a few staffers accepted 'voluntary separations'

Dell has denied it is laying off north of 15,000 people, and told The Register today that our sources' numbers are "inaccurate". Here is Dell Round Rock spokesman David Frink’s email to us in full: Your story this morning reporting that Dell is laying off 15,000 employees this week/imminently is wildly inaccurate. I can confirm …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Zynga deactivates 500+ employees in major layoff

Online gaming company Zynga is getting rid of 18 per cent of its staff so its remaining employees can have enough resources to stay alive in a mobile device–led world – or so their CEO says. The FarmVille and DrawSomething gambling gaming company announced plans to get rid of over 500 people on Monday in a memo from its Harvard …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013

Big layoff (singular) at Oracle on Thursday

The rumors are going around that someone high up in the organization was going to get the axe at software giant and systems playa Oracle when the company reports its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 on Thursday. According to a report written by JMP Securities, and published in Murdoch Wall Street rag …
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Intel confirms it will axe 5,400 workers in 2014

Intel plans to cut its workforce by approximately 5,400 employees this year, a company spokesman told The Reg. After the workforce reduction was revealed by Reuters, Intel senior manager of corporate and financial PR Chris Kraeuter confirmed to us that there will be a reduction of "about 5 per cent" of the company's 107,600 …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2014

Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

Dixons has unlocked but not yet opened a trapdoor underneath at least 100 bods at its Hemel Hempstead HQ. The retail biz today kicked off a 45-day redundancy consultation with headquarters staff. This comes ahead of a £3.7bn merger with Carphone Warehouse (CPW), first mooted in February, but Dixons insisted the head office …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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SpinVox puts spin on layoff rumours

SpinVox insiders say the controversial voice-to-text company has made layoffs at its Marlow office today. Brunswick, SpinVox's PR company, told us that SpinVox had an ongoing program of cost-reduction but declined to characterise it as a round of redundancies. SpinVox's debt problems were widely discussed in press reports over …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2009
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IBM job cuts: Big Blue starts 'slaughter' of Indian and European workforce

IBM has begun slicing away at its workforce in India and Europe, as the company tries to shift its business to more lucrative, higher-margin technologies. The job cuts were confirmed by a representative for the IBM Union Alliance to The Register by email on Wednesday after a report was published describing a mass layoff in India …
Jack Clark, 12 Feb 2014

HP's Machine and IBM's $3bn R&D splash – aka how to survive Google

IBM and HP are trying to invent their way out of severe problems that lurk in their future. Both companies face slowing sales in some of their traditional high-margin areas, like enterprise servers and other on-premises hardware. And both are having a tough time converting existing business divisions over to selling the high- …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014
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HP rides data center growth out of sludgy IT market

HP has reported better than expected financial results on the back of strong server sales and – unexpectedly – good performance in the struggling PC market. The IT company reported an earnings-per-share of $0.90 and a net revenue of $28.2 billion on Thursday for its first fiscal quarter results, beating analyst expectations of $ …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014

'Abel, you're fired!' Hear AOL supremo axe exec during conference call

AOL boss Tim Armstrong appears to have axed a senior exec on the spot for pointing a camera at him during a conference call with about 1,000 Patch website staff. While in the middle of threatening the troubled hyperlocal news network with redundancies, Armstrong suddenly turned to Patch's creative director Abel Lenz and let him …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2013

Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

Our readers at Dell have responded to the New Year Dell redundancy stories. They make worrying reading, illustrating the pressures people are under. Here’s a comment from a Dell Asia Pacific Japan staffer: In APJ no one knows what the new org is or what is happening to their roles. We are all guessing or we can try for VR ( …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
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IBM axes nearly THREE THOUSAND staffers in North America - union

IBM has axed nearly three thousand workers in Canada and the US, according to employee union Alliance@IBM, as its cost-cutting drive begins to bite. Big Blue has been laying off swathes of staff worldwide in the last few years as it attempts to drastically reduce its outgoings, periodically announcing "workforce rebalancing", " …
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SACK MORE BRITS, Symantec UK told by US supremos - sources

Symantec UK bosses must redraft their master plan to layoff Brit workers - after their first proposal was rejected by the US top brass for not cutting far enough, sources claim. As we reported a week ago, up to 1,700 employees worldwide - eight per cent of the total workforce - are expected to get the chop during June and July …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2013
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Sales at IBM decline 3.3 per cent in Q2, profits hit by layoffs

IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty needs the company to turn in much better quarters for the remainder of 2103 than Big Blue did in the first quarter, when it missed its numbers by more than $400m. In the second quarter, IBM did a little better in its systems and services segments and the core business faired alright if you …
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'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz

This was the week when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak rather bizarrely backed a Chinese firm that's been roundly mocked for emulating the fruity firm. Apparently Xiaomi, dubbed the Apple of the Far East, is so similar to the fruity firm that its founder Lei Jun even appears in Steve Jobs-esque attire of black shirt and blue …
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DataDirect Networks is in a hole. Can its founders pull it out?

DataDirect Networks is struggling, The Register hears, with declining revenues and departed execs. Seagate buying Xyratex is the latest competitive threat and the firm is said to be retrenching its core HPC business. DDN denies this and, coincidentally, has recently hired itself a chief marketing officer for the first time, one …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

The Wireless Power Consortium has published its recommendations for plugless in-car charging, primarily aimed at ensuring key fobs don't warm up and that phones don't become projectiles. Guidelines (pdf, as dull as one would imagine) from the custodian of the Qi wireless-charging standard require physical restraints on the thing …
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2012
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AMD to decimate workforce several times over?

With AMD announcing lowered expectations for the third quarter and CFO Thomas Siefert shown the door or finding the exit on his own a month ago, the talk has turned to what the company will do to get to profitability - and the prospect of deep job cuts. The Wall Street Journal jumped out in front with the layoff rumors, citing …
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IBM plans to axe staff in UK, Ireland despite hefty profits

IBM is planning a round of redundancies in the UK and Ireland despite healthy growth in profits in the second quarter. In company documents seen by The Register, employees in the UK-based Strategic Outsourcing Delivery division were told Big Blue will start an employee consultation period of 30 days on 2 August. El Reg …
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US pols sack Santa Claus in cost-cutting drive

A local government in New York state has cut Father Christmas from the county payroll as part of a vicious cost-cutting program. Suffolk County in New York state gave the popular red-suited character the boot on Friday as they grappled to trim their budget and fill a $135m hole, Reuters reports. Some 750 county employees are …
Team Register, 07 Nov 2011

How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

I think I’ve been through enough economic cycles in my life to say that the nature of employment, at least in the financial-tech industry that I’m most familiar with, has changed fundamentally in the last few years. If you’re a technology worker and your job suddenly seems unusually precarious, that’s because it is: fear of …
Dave Mandl, 04 Nov 2012
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VMware NSX mashes up Nicira and homegrown network virt

Having let go of its aspirations to be a player higher up in the systems stack – now that application frameworks, caching software, and other elements of the business have been shuffled off to the new Pivotal group established by parent EMC – VMware is doubling down in the virtualization business, and its top brass were banging …
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HP cuts 27,000 workers

As rumored last week, IT giant Hewlett-Packard is slashing its employee count worldwide to squeeze more profits from its revenue stream. The job cuts are not as deep as some had been expecting, but are still going to be tough on the company. In a statement put out ahead of its conference call with Wall Street analysts, HP said …
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RealNetworks unhooks 130 employees in jobs cull

RealNetworks confirmed yesterday that it is to reduce its workforce by 10 per cent by axeing 130 jobs at the internet media company. Despite the lay-offs, the firm's CEO Bob Kimball said it would continue to hire people in what he described as "growth areas" for RealNetworks. Job cuts will hit engineering, sales, marketing and …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2011
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IBM CIO's Great Refresh: No, Sales Guy, you can't JUST use DropBox

She might be CIO of IBM, but Jeanette Horan is just like you: replacing Windows XP with Windows 7, ripping out Internet Explorer 6 and floating a growing amount of software on the cloud. She also has to contend with staffers begging her for the ability to share information using third-party sync 'n' share apps like DropBox. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
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Rumour: Sun pink slips to fly today

The word on the street this morning is that the second part of the 5,000- to 6,000-person layoff by struggling server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems will kick in today. The layoff, which was announced back in November, aims to remove $700m to $800m in costs from Sun's books, and will cost somewhere between $500m and …
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Mac fan's blog leads to layoff in Redmond

A temp worker at Microsoft's in-house print shop appears to have lost his job as a result of his two biggest passions - Macs and blogging. Earlier this week, Michael Hanscom posted a picture of several Power Mac G5s being off-loaded outside of the MSCopy print facility. Four days later, someone at Microsoft caught wind of the …
Ashlee Vance, 29 Oct 2003
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Cisco lays off 250 in first wave of cuts

Cisco has begun the layoff process it had announced earlier, with approximately 250 people exiting its San Jose, California headquarters this week, along with more throughout its worldwide operations. The total number of lost jobs isn't clear, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, but they won't be the only ones the …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Feb 2009
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Yahoo! planning massive layoffs for Wednesday

The massive layoffs that Yahoo!'s departing CEO Jerry Yang warned about in October will reportedly hit the search firm's employees Wednesday morning. A report on Dow Jones' All Things Digital claims the planned Yahoo! worker-decimation scheme will arrive tomorrow with further cuts on the way. Yang said during the company's Q3 …
Austin Modine, 09 Dec 2008
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IBM cuts more than 1,600 US jobs

IBMers from a number of different divisions of the IT giant say that the company initiated another round of "resource actions" on Monday, with somewhere north of 1,600 people estimated to have lost their jobs. The message board at Alliance@IBM, the local branch of the Communications Workers of America union headquartered in …
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Barclays computers suffer Monday morning meltdown

Barclays online banking suffered intermittent service for about an hour this morning. The issue also hit some other systems at the bank. We received several emails from readers unable to log in to their accounts and one unable to make a purchase using their Barclays business debit card. The business banking contact number was …
John Oates, 26 Oct 2009
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HP still NOT porting HP-UX to x86?

The Oracle and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit over the fate of Oracle's software support for Itanium processors, and therefore HP's HP-UX Unix variant, is under way in the Santa Clara County courts. New HP CEO Meg Whitman is making the rounds in the press and making her case to HP customers and partners at the Discover 2012 shindig in …
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Larry to take integrated Sunacle direct to CIOs

All the talk of layoffs at Sun Microsystems in the wake of the $7.4bn acquisition of the company by Oracle was apparently a bunch of hogwash. Prior to a five-hour extravaganza where Oracle and Sun executives will detail roadmaps and plans in the wake of the merger, Oracle chief executive officer, Larry Ellison, made the rounds …
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Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff

Microsoft plans to axe 27 jobs at its Redmond and Bellevue sites. The latest cull in Microsoft’s Washington offices is expected to hit workers on 1 November, according to the Seattle Times. The software giant had notified the Washington State Employment Security Department about the job cuts. "I can confirm that part of our …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2009
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Cisco dismisses 'hefty' layoffs rumor

Cisco Systems has dismissed predictions of a 10 per cent reduction in headcount from a JPMorgan analyst. Ehud Gelblum has gone out on a limb and said Cisco “could” announce the 10 per cent cut and “could” save the company about $900m (£600m) a year through the move according to report by the Silicon Alley Insider. The Insider …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2009
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Sun confirms second round of layoffs

Server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it had indeed enacted another round of layoffs, as we reported it would. "Sun continues to make important choices to streamline operations and align resources to best address market opportunity and position the company for improved financial performance and …
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Brocade 'restructuring' personnel for Ethernet push

It has been rumoured that Brocade is planning to sack 200 to 400 excess employees following on from the $2.6bn Foundry acquisition closure. The rumours say that Brocade is focussing more on Ethernet and IP networking and less on Fibre Channel. Brocade's John Noh - Senior Director for global public and analyst relations - denied …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2009
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TI profits sink 95 per cent in 2008

Texas Instruments has added to the crowd of tech workers clogging their local unemployment offices, announcing that 3,400 of its employees would soon become part of the growing US out-of-workforce. Texas Instruments logo Today, with a statement that should have been published in The Daily Euphemism, the suffering company's …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2009

What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

The Motorola we used to know is dead. After it was split in two, Google bought phone maker Motorola Mobility in May this year, leaving the profitable equipment biz Motorola Solutions to live on. Then the ad giant decided to lay off 20 per cent of the Moto Mobility workforce. Although this was all relatively sudden, the fall of …
Simon Rockman, 29 Nov 2012

Apple graphics partner gets Intel cash

The world economy may be in a tailspin and jobless rates worldwide may be rising to unprecedented heights, but there's one happy company that's raising cash and beefing up its staff size: Imagination Technologies. As we reported last week, Apple recently spent $4.8m of its $25bn in cash reserves to acquire 8.2 million shares of …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Dec 2008
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Qualcomm UK engineers under threat

Mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm is considering laying off up to 40 engineers at its Cambridge labs, an insider has revealed. According to our source, staff at the site on Cambridge science park have been told they could be made redundant at the end of March as part of a cost cuts. The layoffs will come as a blow to the city's …
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IBMers hear sound of axe being sharpened

The rumor mill, being stoked by IBM employees talking on a pro-union web site, has it that Big Blue is getting ready to lay off up to 16,000 employees, or about four per cent of its 400,000-strong global workforce, thanks to the slowing of the economies in the United States and Western Europe. As usual, the Alliance@IBM, which …
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Google to jettison 'second class citizens'

Google is to "significantly" reduce the number of contractors on its books. But it claims this has nothing to do with The Meltdown. And it insists there are no plans to layoff full-time employees. "We have been thinking for some time, before the acute phase of the economic crisis, about significantly reducing the number contract …
Cade Metz, 25 Nov 2008
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SGI juices sales, narrows losses in Q3

Silicon Graphics is moving towards profitability after many years of struggle, and thinks that fiscal 2012, which starts in July, will be the year that it all finally comes together. In the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended in March, there were definitely signs that the company was moving in the right direction with both its …
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Top four EDS execs exit stage left

Four top EDS executives are leaving their jobs to "explore other opportunities" as part of the sprawling services company's layoff-and-pay-cut-heavy digestion by Hewlett-Packard. EDS will see Tom Haubenstricker, head of finance; Mike Koehler, head of EDS Americas region; and Mike Paolucci, head of human resources depart the the …
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2009
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Intel invests in Ireland

Intel is to invest over €50m ($63.5m, £44.3m) to expand Irish operations, a move that will boost employment at its R&D facilities in Shannon by 134 jobs over the next four years. According to IDA Ireland, the investment will raise total staffing at the facility to 300. Two projects will be supported by the funding, one in …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Feb 2009
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Lawsuits in Motion settles one more lawsuit

Research in Motion of BlackBerry fame has agreed to a patent-dispute settlement in the latest chapter of the long-running saga of RIM versus world+dog. RIM and its antagonist du jour, Visto Corporation, released a joint statement on Thursday announcing that RIM would pay Visto $267.5m (£230m) to bring an end to their long- …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2009
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Google jettisons radio broadcasting biz

Google has offloaded its radio automation business, six months after telling the world that its radio efforts "haven't had the impact we hoped for." On Wednesday, San Francisco-based startup WideOrbit announced it had acquired the assets to Google's radio automation biz, including three software products for driving radio …
Cade Metz, 05 Aug 2009
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Verari Systems confirms layoffs

Verari Systems - the boutique blade server maker that has been increasingly focusing on peddling its Forest containerized data centers - has confirmed the rumors that it laid off a large portion of its employees and is in the midst of restructuring itself. In the wake of yesterday's story that discussed the rumors swirling …