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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Game over? Heavily-funded iPad device maker Discovery Bay Games vanishes without explanation

It looks like time has run out on Discovery Bay Games, a Seattle-based maker of gaming accessories and add-ons for tablet computers. Sources tell GeekWire that the company closed its doors in May. We contacted Bob Belknap, VP of Finance at Discovery Bay Games, but he would neither confirm nor deny the closure. Belknap said he “couldn’t… Read More

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Zynga trims Seattle office

Zynga’s 2-year-old Seattle engineering office was largely spared in the game maker’s most recent layoff announcement, especially when compared to other branch offices that were reportedly shut down. But the layoffs of 18 percent of Zynga’s workforce are still having an impact in Seattle, though fairly minimal. According to a filing with the State of Washington’s… Read More


Report: Zulily rival Totsy is going down the tubes

Did Totsy just tumble? That’s the word from PandoDaily, which reports that the money-losing New York-based flash sales site is chopping its staff of 83 and looking to sell its list of four million email subscribers. That could mean one less competitor for Zulily, the fast-growing Seattle e-commerce giant which, like Totsy, specializes in selling… Read More


Digital marketing firm AudienceScience trims staff

AudienceScience is cutting staff again. The Bellevue digital marketing company, formerly known as Revenue Science and digiMine, has laid off employees. “AudienceScience had a small strategic layoff to further align employee skillsets with its enterprise technology offering,” the company said in a statement. The company declined to say how many people were let go, though… Read More


Report: Boeing to cut 1,500 IT workers in Seattle area

The market for information technology professionals is red hot in some aspects of the Seattle technology industry, with companies like Tableau, Zillow and Amazon.com not able to hire fast enough. But it is a different story at Boeing. The aerospace giant is expected to cut 1,500 IT workers over the next three years, about a… Read More


Is this the end of the road for Ignition-backed Ratify?

Bellevue-based Ratify, a stealthy startup that was developing a data analytics platform to better understand network information, notified employees this week that it is ceasing operations, according to a source who was familiar with the changes. It’s unclear why the company pulled the plug, or what’s next for the Ratify technology. However, the company’s Web… Read More


Mobile analytics startup Medio trims staff in ‘realignment’

Medio laid off a number of employees in engineering, network operations and testing this week as the Seattle mobile analytics startup undergoes what CEO Robert Lilleness describes as a “realignment.” The news comes just a few days after Medio co-founder David Bluhm returned to the company as chief marketing officer, one of several new executive… Read More


Layoffs hit Memory Lane, operator of Classmates.com

Memory Lane, the social networking site that operates Classmates.com, has laid off staffers at its offices in the Seattle area, sources tell GeekWire. We’ve reached out to Memory Lane’s parent company, United Online, for comment and we will update this post as we learn more. We’re hearing that positions were eliminated in a number of… Read More


Seeking a new combination, social commerce startup Lockerz confirms cutbacks

Lockerz, the heavily-funded social commerce startup, has reportedly laid off a chunk of its staff and closed down an office in San Diego. TechCrunch reports that about 30 percent of the staff at the headquarters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood lost their jobs in the restructuring, including chief product officer Michael Walton. We’ve reached out… Read More


LivingSocial cuts 400 staffers, Seattle office takes a hit

LivingSocial, the Washington D.C.-based daily deals site, has laid off 400 staffers as it aims to turn a profit, a spokesperson tells All Things D. That amounts to a 10 percent cutback, leaving the company with about 4,100 employees. Backed by Amazon.com, LivingSocial operates a branch office in Seattle, which we’ve heard was impacted in… Read More