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Twitter Announces Mass Layoffs

Approximately 8% of workforce will be let go

(Newser) - Struggling with user growth and profitability, Twitter is getting rid of nearly two-and-a-half tweets worth of employees, the social media company announced Tuesday. Business Insider reports Twitter will be laying off 336 employees—about 8% of its workforce—largely from the engineering department. "We feel strongly that engineering will... More »

Best Buy Cans 650 Geek Squad Employees

Company says it's 'evolving in-home support'

(Newser) - Best Buy is axing 650 members of its Geek Squad, the group of repair specialists that travels to people's homes to fix their electronics. The retailer isn't doing away with its repair service entirely, though; those getting the boot will be Geeks who serviced appliances and televisions. "... More »

MySpace to Ax Up to Half Its Workers

Downsizing could be announced this month, sources say

(Newser) - Another blow for struggling MySpace : The social networking site is planning massive layoffs, and could ax between a third and a half of its employees, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The News Corp-owned company, which employs about 1,100, is expected to announce the reductions this month. Its staff... More »

Glenn Beck's Advice: Sell Your Stuff!

Prices are rising, and you should be prepared, he warns

(Newser) - Now that Glenn Beck has convinced you to buy gold , he has a new directive: Sell all your stuff. Prices are going up, he said last night, and a study shows that the average American has $25,000 worth of things they're not using, Mediaite reports. So sell it, and... More »

Yahoo Triples Profits After Cost-Cutting

Revenue falls, but downsized company earns $186M

(Newser) - Yahoo’s third-quarter profit more than tripled even though the company's quarterly revenue fell in the double digits for the third consecutive time. The earnings improvement reported today was primarily driven by extensive cost-cutting that has eliminated more than 2,000 jobs in the past year. The company, however, is... More »

Drug Dealers: Experts in Recessionary Business

CEOs could learn a lot from hustlers

(Newser) - 50 Cent is the first rapper to pen a book of management advice. It’s a shame, then, that The 50th Law, co-written by Robert Greene, boils down to the worst kind of “be authentic” self-help boilerplate, writes Lucy Lucy Kellaway for the Financial Times. As a former drug... More »

Firms Cut Pay Instead of Jobs

(Newser) - Companies looking to cut labor costs are increasingly turning to salary reductions rather than further layoffs in an attempt to save employee morale, the Chicago Tribune reports. One extreme case is Acco Brands in Illinois, which imposed a six-week, 47% reduction for all workers instead of downsizing. "It's an... More »

Christie's Cuts Jobs as Art Sales Slump

250-year-old auction house downsizes to stay afloat

(Newser) - Following months of bad results in America and Europe, Christie's is reorganizing to cut costs, including "significant staff reductions," the auction house said yesterday. While at the start of 2008 the art world seemed immune to the economic downturn, the decade-long boom in art prices busted this fall.... More »

BofA Will Lay Off 35K

Recession, takeover of Merrill to blame for latest employee dump

(Newser) - Bank of America said today it will cut between 30,000 and 35,000 jobs in the next 3 years, the AP reports; the move is spurred by the continuing economic downturn and the bank’s recent purchase of Merrill Lynch. Cuts will be broad and will affect both the... More »

Hit Hard by Economy, NFL Is Downsizing

(Newser) - Even the mighty NFL is not safe from the economy's tailspin. The league will eliminate around 14% of its workforce—office workers, not the fellows who wear helmets—and is freezing salaries and hiring until 2009, Bloomberg reports. “I would like to be able to report that we are... More »

Goldman Sachs to Cut Staff 10%

Restructuring bank will trim 3,000 employees

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs will cut almost 3,300 jobs, or about 10% of the bank's total staff, an insider told Reuters today. Although Goldman has weathered the credit crisis better than its competitors, its transition from an investment bank to a traditional enterprise means that it will have to obey stricter... More »

Starbucks to Close 600 Stores Across US

Most of the shuttering shops opened after October 2005

(Newser) - Starbucks will close hundreds of stores across the US in its newest attempt to boost deflated profits, the Seattle Times reports. In the next nine months, about 600 stores are getting the ax, most of which opened after October 2005. About 12,000 employees will lose their jobs, but the... More »

Sam Zell: Saving Newspapers, or Burying Them?

News cuts may stem advertising losses or hemorrhage them

(Newser) - Sam Zell and his Tribune Company announced last week that they would trim 500 pages of news each week from the conglomerate's dozen newspapers, including the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune. But is a paper split 50-50 between news and ads the solution for an industry in crisis? The... More »

Kerkorian Bets Big on Ford Turnaround

Investor buys 100M shares, taking 4.7% stake after strong Q1

(Newser) - Investor Kirk Kekorian is gobbling up shares of Ford in move seen as a vote of confidence for the automaker’s turnaround efforts, the Wall Street Journal reports. Kerkorian’s Tracinda has bought about 100 million shares and holds a 4.7% stake in the firm. Tracinda also offered to... More »

Bristol-Myers to Slash Jobs, Shut Plants

Drugmaker shrinks, says expiring patents will cut profits

(Newser) - Bristol-Myers Squibb said today it will lay off 10% of its work force—totaling 4,300 jobs—and close or sell half its 27 factories in a plan to save $1.5 billion by 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. The firm also will sell its medical-imaging division and possibly... More »

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