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Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures cuts 140 employees from its patent-buying workforce

Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based patent holding firm run by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, has laid off 20 percent of its employees. The layoffs will affect around 140 people, leaving 540 people at the firm, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which spoke to Edward Jung, the company’s co-founder and CTO, about the staffing changes…. Read More

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Chinese protesters reportedly slam Microsoft over ‘hostile takeover and violent layoffs’

Microsoft is facing more pressure in China. Five days after a report surfaced that Chinese officials were investigating Microsoft’s offices in the country, protests reportedly have erupted in the country against Microsoft over layoffs associated with the acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. According to Reuters, hundreds of protesters held banners and shouted “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and… Read More

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LightInTheBox streamlines workforce at Ador following acquisition

Ador, the Seattle-based online fashion startup formerly known as Lockerz, has streamlined its staff following an acquisition earlier this year by Chinese e-commerce company LightInTheBox Holdings. The number of layoffs were not disclosed, but a spokesman for LightInTheBox tells GeekWire that the Seattle office remains open. “LITB aims to reallocate and streamline its workforce from time-to-time… Read More

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Full text: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains big job cuts

Long-term progress will require short-term pain. That’s one of the underlying messages delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today as he outlined his plan to streamline Microsoft’s engineering as part of a larger set of 18,000 job cuts at the company. Here’s the full text of Nadella’s email to employees, made public by Microsoft. From: Satya… Read More

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Major Microsoft job cuts expected on Thursday

Microsoft will announce layoffs on Thursday that “substantially exceed” the largest job cuts in the company’s history, according to a New York Times report this afternoon, citing unnamed people who have been briefed on the company’s plan. Clues cited by the newspaper include tell-tale conference room reservations by human resource managers, which is traditionally the… Read More

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Paul Allen-backed A.R.O. ceasing operations, cutting jobs, but says products will live on

Hours after unveiling its latest app, Seattle startup A.R.O. Inc. announced a “substantial restructuring of its workforce” today — ceasing standalone operations and making what a spokesperson described as a “100% reduction in force.” An unspecified number of A.R.O’s employees have been hired by Paul Allen’s company Vulcan, which was A.R.O.’s partner and primary investor. Those who do make the jump to… Read More

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Big data startup SpaceCurve cuts staff, CEO departs

SpaceCurve, a big data startup specializing in building a platform that stores and analyzes streaming data tied to sensors and other connected devices, laid off a number of staffers on Wednesday, GeekWire has learned. “There were some personnel changes at SpaceCurve yesterday. Some positions were eliminated and we are in the process of filling new… Read More

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Kids activity Web site Sigby shuts doors; Tohula fades away too

Seattle-based Sigby is saying sayonara — just fifteen months after the company raised $1.2 million in cash from WRF Capital, Clear Fir and Trilogy Equity Partners. “Thanks for coming on the adventure with us, but Sigby is closing its doors,” says a message on the company’s Web site. Founded by former venture capitalist Katie Thompson, Sigby created a… Read More

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Disney Interactive to lay off 700 in restructuring; Seattle operations to remain intact

Disney is confirming a large-scale restructuring today that will result in the firing of hundreds of employees, representing 26 percent of its global workforce. But a source said there will be little to no impact felt in Seattle, where employees will continue to be tasked with developing the Facebook and mobile game, Marvels: Avengers Alliance. A spokesperson… Read More

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Sprint cutting 91 staffers in Seattle area following Clearwire acquisition

Sprint continues to trim staff in the Seattle area following last year’s acquisition of Clearwire, the Bellevue broadband wireless operator started by telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw. Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S., notified the state via a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that 91 employees at the company’s operations in Bellevue and Kirkland will… Read More

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Jawfish Games flops, lays off staff after acquisition tanks

Jawfish Games appears to have taken its last breath. The Seattle online gaming startup, led by former professional poker player Phil Gordon, laid off its staff this week and is now in the process of “wrapping up operations,” according to a message posted to a Google Group Wednesday. According to the message from Gordon, Jawfish… Read More

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Seattle mobile game maker Z2 cuts support staff

Z2, the Seattle mobile game maker behind titles such as Battle Nations; Metalstorm and Nitro, has laid off an undisclosed number of staffers in its quality assurance; localization and customer support groups. A combination of full-time and contractors lost their jobs as part of the changes. “We have pushed out the anticipated launch windows of… Read More

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Money-losing Dendreon to cut 150 employees in bid to become ‘nimble’ biotech company

Once a rising star in Seattle’s biotechnology community, Dendreon Corp. announced Tuesday that it is reducing its staff by 15 percent in an effort to accelerate a path to profitability and operate “as a leaner, more nimble biotechnology company.” The cuts of about 150 people are the latest setback at Dendreon, which eliminated 500 jobs… Read More

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Bsquare cuts 20% of staff, closes offices in China and Germany

Bsquare is cutting 20 percent of its workforce and shutting offices in Munich, Germany and Beijing, China, moves that come a month after its longtime CEO resigned. About 50 full-time staffers and consultants are losing their jobs. “This restructuring is intended to reduce expenses, both service and proprietary software cost of sales and all areas… Read More

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Sprint cuts staff at Clearwire: 75% of workforce to lose jobs

Sprint worked hard to acquire Bellevue-based Clearwire, increasing its bid several times in a rivalry with Dish Network. Eventually, after months of back and forth, Sprint won the bidding war in July. But now Sprint is in the process of slashing the workforce of Clearwire. In a notice filed with the State of Washington, Sprint indicated… Read More

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Optify hits the wall, lays off staff

What’s up at Optify? From what we’re hearing, the company is on its last legs. Multiple sources informed us on Friday that the company — a maker of inbound marketing software — laid off a number of staffers in advance of a closure. Chief Marketing Officer Doug Wheeler declined to comment, referring us to CEO… Read More

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Three top execs leave Zynga

Don Mattrick is cleaning house at Zynga, it seems. Bloomberg reports today that three top executives at the social gaming company have left, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. Nathan Etter, who used to be a Vice President of Games at the company, now lists himself on LinkedIn as a Vice President at the… Read More

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CityGrid chops two-thirds of staff; Urbanspoon untouched

CityGrid Media, the local search pioneer and parent company of Urbanspoon, Insider Pages and Citysearch, has cut two-thirds of its staff as it continues to undergo changes in a bid to reach profitability. “The layoffs will increase operating efficiency, reduce costs and have a meaningful impact on the company’s future profitability,” a spokesperson tells GeekWire…. Read More