Wag Wraps Year with More Layoffs

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closed out a turbulent 2019 with another round of layoffs, according to a filing with the California Employment Development Department Dog-walking application developer Wag Labs Inc.

Report: Activision Blizzard Planning Massive Layoffs

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard is planning a set of massive layoffs, which may affect hundreds of people, according to a report on Friday. activision blizzard layoff jobs employment gaming games videogame softwareAccording to Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard is planning to lay off hundreds of people as it restructures to boost its profitability. Activision has not yet confirmed those plans, which were attributed to sources close to the company. READ MORE>>.

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The Station: Via hits $2.25B valuation, letters from readers, layoffs in a time of COVID-19

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Layoffs in a time of COVID-19. If so, go check out Layoffs.fyi, the site doesn’t just list layoffs. Hi, and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages travel from Point A to Point B.

Report: Snap Paid Settlements To Three Female Employees Over Layoffs

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report said the settlements came after Snap apparently eliminated only women from a number of its teams in a layoff which the lawsuits said disproportionately targeted women. snapchat snap legal lawsuit diversity female women layoffsSanta Monica-based Snap , the developer of Snapchat, has reportedly paid settlements to three women who were laid off last year, according to a report today.

Disney Cancels Tech Layoffs In Burbank

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disney television layoff jobs employment immigrant labor foreign worker replacementDisney/ABC Television , which had planned to replace about 35 information technology workers split between its New York and Burbank offices with imported H-1B workers from an outsourcer, has abruptly cancelled those plans. Disney had told its workers in May that it would be replacing them with workers--imported from India--from outsourcer Cognizant.

Sources: Active Network In Major Layoff

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Active Network has been contacted, but has not yet responded to queries about the layoff. No details on the layoff have been announced by the privately held company, and the company had not yet filed a notice with the state of California''s WARN system on any impending cuts. active network layoff jobs employment private equity texas websense omnitracs San Diego-based sports registration service Active Network has laid of over 100 people, according to sources near the company.

Zynga Layoffs Hit LA Office

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A widespread layoff at social games maker Zynga has hit Los Angeles, with around 55 employees being let go from the location, according to tweets from the company''s employees. zynga angeles office videogame jobs layoff scopely It appears that Zynga is closing its entire LA operation , according to reports. Overall, it appears Zynga is laying off 20 percent of its worldwide staff.

Rubicon Project In Major Layoff, Chops 19 Percent Of Staff

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Los Angeles-based online advertising marketplace Rubicon Project is in a major layoff, saying in its quarterly results on Wednesday that it is cutting 125 employees, or roughly 19 percent of its workforce. rubicon project advertising marketplace layoff jobs employmentAccording to the company, its Q3 was a "challenging quarter" for its industry and "our business in particular". According to Rubicon Project, the cuts will save it approximately $18.0M

Silicon Beach Report March 7: Snap Inc. Expected to Announce Layoffs

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expected to announce layoffs; AeroVironment secures contract, narrows losses; and Ordermark raises $3.1 Snap Inc. million

Topspin In Major Layoffs, Says Report

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Topspin did not detail the reason for the layoffs, or how many employees were affected by the move. topspin music media layoff jobs employment software Los Angeles-based music software startup Topspin has laid off a "significant" amount of staff, according to reports , with a majority of the company''s staff getting the pink slip. The startup offered up web-based apps to help artists and labels reach their fans. Topspin is venture backed by Foundry Group and Redpoint Ventures.

Qualstar Seeks Strategic Alternatives, Hints At Layoffs

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qualstar merger acquisition layoff jobs storage power hardware electronicsWeestlake Village-based data storage and high efficiency power supply maker Qualstar said Wednesday that it is looking at "strategic alternatives", including "mergers, acquisitions and divestures", and also will make "personnel adjustments" to help it reduce operating expenses.

Kythera Chops 117 Employees In Post Acquisition Layoff

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The layoffs number to more than half of the company's pre-acquisition workforce, of around 200 employees earlier this year. kythera allergen biotech biopharma biopharmaceuticals merger acquisition layoff jobs

Lawsuits Fly In Fisker Automotive Layoff

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Now, those employees are striking back at the company, and have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the firm failed to obey a law requiring workers advanced notice of mass layoffs. According to Automotive News, the lawsuit seeks class action status, and claims the firm did not notify employees of termination at least 60 days ahead of time, and failed to pay wages and other benefits they would have earned in the 60 days following layoffs.

Qualcomm Sets For Major Layoffs, To Cut 10 Percent Of Staff

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San Diego-based Qualcomm is set to announce major layoffs, according to multiple reports , which say the chipmaker is planning to cut more than 10 percent of its workforce. The layoffs are expected to be announced during Qualcomm's earnings call. Qualcomm has not officially announced the layoffs yet, which are expected to hit from 3,000 to 4,000 employees. qualcomm layoff jobs employment

Layoffs Take Big Toll In California In 2009

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The latest number released from the United States Department of Labor finds that 2009 was an ugly year for Californians, as measured by the number of mass layoffs and jobs lost. The agency did not break down the geographic spread of those layoffs across the state.

Nasty Gal In Major Layoffs

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Los Angeles-based Nasty Gal , the online women''s wear retailer led by Sophia Amoruso, has reportedly laid off 10 percent of its staff, or over 20 employees, according to fashion industry reports. Nasty Gal said in a statement that the moves are part of a move to "strategically re-organize" its business. READ MORE>>. nastygal nasty sophia amoruso fashion retailer ecommerce women

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 8: GoPro layoffs, Grindr founder leaving, new lights for Ring’s smart doorbells

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GoPro announced layoffs and cost-cutting as the camera and software company exits the drone business; video doorbell maker Ring has acquired light maker Mr. Beams; and the founder of dating app Grindr is stepping down following the company’s acquisition by a Hong Kong-based mobile gaming company

Qualcomm Confirms FLO TV Shutdown Plans, Layoffs

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Qualcomm said that--if it shuts down the service--it will make "appropriate refunds" and would order some layoffs related to the shutdown. Tags: qualcomm television content streaming media layoffs entertainment jobs employment San Diego-based Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday evening that it is considering shutting down its FLO TV, mobile television service, after reports that the firm is planning to shut off the service.

BetterWorks Goes From Feast To Famine With Layoffs

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betterworks layoffs employment employee silicon beach paige craig resources human fringe benefitsA report today from PandoDaily said that Santa Monica-based BetterWorks has terminated all of its sales and marketing staff, and half of its operations team. The move is an abrupt shift from feast to famine for BetterWorks, the high profile employee fringe benefits startup headed by prolific angel investor Paige Craig.

Report: Tech Layoffs At Highest Level In Three Years

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You may not see it here in Southern California's high tech sector--which has been booming, due to a surge of startup and accelerator activity--but apparently, the technology sector has seen its highest level of layoffs in three years, according to a report today. Layoffs from such computer giants as Hewlett-Packard, which recently announced a layoff of 30,000 workers, boosted the total. tech layoffs jobs employment

CyberDefender Set For Huge Layoffs

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Once high-flying security software firm CyberDefender , which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, looks to be taking the axe to its employees, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. In a filing with the state, CyberDefender says it is laying off 307 employees on June 1st. CyberDefender provided Internet security software and remote technical services, and said in February that it had filed for Chapter 11 and would be sold to GR Match, LLC., one of its investors.

Report: Veoh Planning Major Layoffs

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Quoting a "source close to the company" VentureBeat said that the layoffs would be "drastic." Tags: veoh layoff jobs video content San Diego- and Los Angeles-based online video site Veoh is reportedly in the midst of a "major restructuring," according to a report from VentureBeat. An email to Dmitry Shapiro, CEO of Veoh, this morning, asking for comments on the rumor was not returned. Veoh laid off 20 percent of its employees in November.

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Nestlé Sells Gut-Health Test Maker Prometheus Labs, Layoffs Expected

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Eight years after San Diego biotech Prometheus Laboratories was acquired by Nestlé Health Science , the diagnostic business has been sold again, this time to a little-known biotech called Precision IBD that plans to lay off approximately a quarter of Prometheus’s workforce.

Intuit Layoffs To Hit Southern California

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Layoffs at personal finance software maker Intuit are set to hit a number of the firm's Southern California locations. The layoffs date are split between August 3rd and August 17th, according to the WARN filings. WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) is a California law which requires certain companies to report when they are planning mass layoffs at least 60 days in advance. Tags: intuit software layoff warn

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times. Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then.

Insights and Opinions: How To Survive A Layoff

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For our Insights & Opinions section today, Cathy Ashbaugh, President of Pacific Shore Resources, a local recruiting firm, gives some well timed advice on how to handle a layoff: As we enter into the second quarter of 2009 we are beginning to see small signs of hope and improvement in the economy. Chances are that someone you know--friend, relative, coworkersadly, even you may experience a layoff. Tags: jobs layoff employment insights articles

Fair Loses CEO Painter

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Departure follows deep layoffs at car-leasing startup

Google Confirms Motorola Mobility 4000 Layoffs

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Google will however feel the layoffs. The post Google Confirms Motorola Mobility 4000 Layoffs appeared first on TechZulu. Google has confirmed the firing of 20 percent of Motorola Mobility employees. A company it bought in May. The company will also close a third of its offices worldwide.

Manufacturing startup Divergent 3D reduces staff by one-third

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Automotive Personnel Startups TC 3d printing business coda automotive coronavirus COVID-19 Divergent 3D Emerging-Technologies Horizons Ventures industrial design kevin czinger layoffs Li Ka-shing Los Angeles Technology DevelopmentDivergent, the Los Angeles-based startup aiming to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing, has cut about one-third of its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended startups and major corporations alike.

Karma Automotive Chops 60 In Irvine

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The new cuts come on top of an earlier layoff involving 200 workers at the company. karma automotive layoff jobs employment electric vehicle auto cars transportationIrvine-based electric vehicle maker Karma Automotive is laying off 60 more workers in Irvine, as the startup continues to shed workers, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) report issued on Wednesday.

Bird Dumps 400 Employees Via Zoom

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The on-demand scooter company said it laid off 30% of its staff, saying "Layoffs are never easy or comfortable to do" and saying that the layoffs were done as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. bird ondemand scooter transportation layoff jobs employmentSanta Monica-based Bird reportedly let 400 of its employees go on Friday, via a pre-recorded Zoom meeting, according to a report.

Virgin Galactic Cuts 40 Employees

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The layoffs at Virgin Galactic follow a 10 percent cut in employees by SpaceX just a couple of weeks ago. virgin galactic space spaceflight mojave layoff jobs aerospace rocketMojave-based spacecraft developer Virgin Galactic has cut 40 employees, saying that it is looking "to position our organization for the drive to commercial operations." The cuts-- first reported by NMPolitics.net, a New Mexico publication--also affected employees in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Bird Shuts Down Operations In Middle East

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jobs layoff international middleast east middle shutdown acquisition merger bird circSanta Monica-based on-demand scooter company Bird has shut down its operations in the Middle East, according to reports, shutting down Circ, which it had acquired in January, and laid off all of its employees. Bird had only just acquired Circ in January, shortly before the world was hobbled by the pandemic.

Report: Snap Chops 100 More Employees

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The cuts this time apparently came from the advertising side of Snap, and follows a big layoff of engineers in February. snap snapchat jobs employment layoff cuts social networkingVenice-based Snap has cut another 100 of its employees , according to reports on Thursday, as it continues to trim its workforce. READ MORE>>.

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Report: Bird Received PPP Loan, Laid Off Employees; Bird Disagrees

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bird layoff jobs employment loan covid19 government pandemicSanta Monica-based on-demand scooter company Bird received a PPP bailout loan worth at least $5 million, according to a report, but laid off nearly 400 employees anyway. According to The Verge, the loan came in late April, when Bird said the loan would help it retain 341 jobs. According to the report, Bird claims it was "erroneously listed" in the list of companies put out by the Treasury Department today.

Report: Bird Received PPP Loan, Laid Of Employees; Bird Disagrees

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bird layoff jobs employment loan covid19 government pandemicSanta Monica-based on-demand scooter company Bird received a PPP bailout loan worth at least $5 million, according to a report, but laid off nearly 400 employees anyway. According to The Verge, the loan came in late April, when Bird said the loan would help it retain 341 jobs. According to the report, Bird claims it was "erroneously listed" in the list of companies put out by the Treasury Department today.

Ubers Chops LA Office, Cuts Around 80 Employees

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uber jobs employment layoff angeles shutdown transportation ondemandUber is shutting down its Los Angeles offices, and has laid off about 80 employees, according to the LA Times. According to The Times, jobs from the download LA location have been moved to Manila, with staffers suddenly informed of the cuts last Thursday. A leaked message from Uber's manager in LA, published by The Times said "We have decided to close the downtown L.A.

ZipRecruiter Cuts More Than 400

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ziprecruiter layoff jobs unemployment pandemic covid19 virusSanta Monica-based ZipRecruiter , which provides online recruiting services, has cut more than 400 employees, one of thousands of companies cutting their ranks as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company, which is led by CEO Ian Siegel, had been in the midst of an incredible expansion, having grown to more than 1,000 employees in 2018 among a strong job market.

Sonos To Cut 12 Percent Of Employees, Blames Pandemic

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sonos jobs employment pandemic layoffs audio hardware streamingSanta Barbara-based whole home speaker system manufacturer Sonos says it plans to cut 12 percent of its global headcount--and will close its New York retail store and six satellite offices--due to "uncertainty and challenges" stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Sonos, it is looking to reduce its operating expenses nd preserve liquidity in light of the pandemic.

Report: Faraday Future Sells HQ To Keep Afloat

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Faraday Future has been facing financial issues due to a dispute with its lead investor, which has resulted in layoffs at the company, numerous lawsuits from vendors, and executive departures. faraday future legal lawsuit auto automotive cleantech bankruptcy chinese evergrande jobs employment layoff headquarters realestate real estate

Silicon Beach Report October 26: Faraday Future Faces Further Financial Troubles

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An Emmy for Blue Microphones; Netflix work environment under the microscope; Faraday Future initiates widespread layoffs

Silicon Beach Report May 4: Google Partners with Fandango

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Google partners with Fandango; Layoffs at Uproxx Media Group; lawmakers call for diversity in tech

Sonos Cuts 96 Employees

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Deails on the layoffs have not been announced by the company, nor reason for the cuts. The layoffs come even as the company has reportedly prepping an IPO offering in June. sonos layoff jobs employment hardware smart whole home music merger acquisitionSanta Barbara-based Sonos , which makes user-friendly, whole home music systems and speakers, has laid off 96 employees, according to multiple reports from Santa Barbara media on Friday.