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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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. tech layoffs 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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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Sony Slashes Staff At San Diego Game Studio

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According to reports , the layoffs are part of a wider cut in its videogaming operations which also included workers in London. sony diego studios videogame studio layoff jobs employment online gamesSony has cut more than 50 employees in San Diego, at its Sony San Diego Studio , which develops videogames such as Kill Strain and MLB. Gamasutra reported the moves are possibly a move away from "live games" development at Sony. READ MORE>>.

Alexander Kjerulf's Chief Happiness Officer blog, and surviving a downturn without layoffs

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By the way, I would never tell a CEO to do everything they can to avoid layoffs. Layoffs can hurt a culture, or it can help it – it depends on how they’re handled, and the unique situation of the company. Is there a better way out of a corporate crisis than layoffs?

Alexander Kjerulf's Chief Happiness Officer blog, and surviving a downturn without layoffs

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By the way, I would never tell a CEO to do everything they can to avoid layoffs. Layoffs can hurt a culture, or it can help it – it depends on how they’re handled, and the unique situation of the company. Is there a better way out of a corporate crisis than layoffs?

Alexander Kjerulf's Chief Happiness Officer blog, and surviving a downturn without layoffs

CEO Flow

By the way, I would never tell a CEO to do everything they can to avoid layoffs. Layoffs can hurt a culture, or it can help it – it depends on how they’re handled, and the unique situation of the company. Is there a better way out of a corporate crisis than layoffs?

Alexander Kjerulf’s Chief Happiness Officer blog, and surviving a downturn without layoffs

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By the way, I would never tell a CEO to do everything they can to avoid layoffs. Layoffs can hurt a culture, or it can help it - it depends on how they’re handled, and the unique situation of the company. Is there a better way out of a corporate crisis than layoffs?

Whisper Chops Staff

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sharing anonymous deadpool employment jobs layoff whisperVenice, California-based Whisper , which operates an app and website that lets users share anonymous thoughts--and combines that with other content--has reportedly laid off 20 percent of its staff, or 14 out of its 71 employees, according to a report on Friday. Whisper, led by Michael Hayward, has raised $61M in total funding. READ MORE>>.

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Friday roundup: More layoffs, venture roundup, growth at firms, and more

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In our Friday Southern California technology news roundup: The economy continues to be in the news this week, as Broadcom is cutting 200 employees as it sees a glum Q1.

XCOR Aerospace Fails To Launch, Lays Off Rest Of Employees

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XCOR--which has been working on developing a "space plane" since at least 2005--said the layoffs came due to "adverse financial conditions", although it apparently is still looking for funding. xcor aerospace launch employees space plane rocket deadpool bankruptcy layoff jobs tourismAmong a largely successful rush to establish a vibrant commercial aerospace industry in Southern California, it appears one company--Mojave-based XCOR Aerospace --has failed to launch.

Qualstar Continues To Look At Strategic Options

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Qualstar had a major layoff in March of 2016, along with other cost cutting moves, which looked to have most stemmed its quarterly losses. qualstar merger acquisition layoff jobs storage power hardware electronicsSimi Valley-based Qualstar , the developer of data storage and high efficiency power supplies, says it continues to look at "strategic options" for the business, as it reported yet another quarter of declining revenues. According to Qualstar, it had a loss of $0.4

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Turtle Beach Restructures HyperSound, Seeks Buyer

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turtle beach hypersounds layoff jobs restructuring merger acquisitionSan Diego-based audio technology developer Turtle Beach said Monday that it is restructuring its HyperSound business, in a bid to lower the operating costs of that business. As part of that restructuring, the company said that investment banker Piper Jaffray is contiuing "exploration of strategic options"for that business.

Report: CityGrid Lays Off Two Thirds Of Staff

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The layoffs--reported by TechCrunch-- reportedly affected 130 people. The new cuts follow an earlier layoff in October of 2012, which also resulted in the loss of a number of positions in Los Angeles. citygrid urbanspoon citysearch insiderpages jobs employment layoff angeles guide online publishing A report this morning says that West Hollywood-based CityGrid , the parent firm of CitySearch, Urbanspoon, and InsiderPages, has laid off two thirds of its staff.