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Poor earnings leads to Glu layoffs at Kirkland studio

A lowered fourth quarter guidance has sent the stock of San Francisco-based game publisher Glu south and resulted in layoffs at its Kirkland office. On the company’s Nov. 2 conference call, Glu announced that it would hold total R&D investment flat between 2012 and 2013. As a result, the company restructured and the president of… Read More

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CityGrid Media cuts staff, but Urbanspoon keeps growing

CityGrid Media, the parent company of Urbanspoon, Insider Pages, Buzz Labs and Citysearch, announced today that it is cutting 15 percent of its staff in a shift of advertising models from cost-per-click to cost-per-acquisition, reports TechCrunch. The move comes six months after SeamlessWeb co-founder Jason Finger was appointed CEO. TechCrunch notes that the layoffs are… Read More

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Paul Allen-backed news aggregator Evri calls it quits

Evri has met the end of the road. The Seattle startup, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has decided to wind down its commercial offerings, focusing now on R&D efforts, GeekWire has learned. “Evri has made the decision to change course and look for other applications of its patented semantic technologies,” said former CEO Will… Read More

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Social media agency Spring Creek Group cuts staff

Nearly a year after it was acquired by Interpublic Group’s Mediabrands unit, Seattle social media agency Spring Creek Group has laid off a significant number of employees. We’ve reached out to the company to get more details on the restructuring, and we’ll update the post as we learn more. We’ve heard up to 40 percent of… Read More

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PopCap pulls plug on Dublin office, cutting 96 jobs

PopCap Games is cutting back even further, announcing today that it closed its offices in Dublin, Ireland. Ninety-six employees are losing their jobs as a result of the closure, which should not come as a surprise. At the time of last month’s announcement, the maker of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled said it was considering shutting down the Ireland… Read More

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Data I/O reduces staff

Data I/O, a 40-year-old Redmond company that makes device programming and IP management technologies for the wireless, consumer electronics and automotive industries, announced today that it is undergoing a restructuring in which employees and contractors are losing their jobs. The company didn’t say how many people are affected in the restructuring, which is expected to reduce quarterly… Read More

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RealNetworks to run divisions as standalone units in possible prelude to bigger moves

RealNetworks plans to start running three of its divisions as standalone business units, saying it wants to make them more accountable for their own financial and operational performance. The company’s RealPlayer, Software as a Service and Games units will become more autonomous as a result of the changes. RealNetworks declined to comment beyond a regulatory… Read More

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Online game maker En Masse Entertaiment cuts staff

En Masse Entertainment, which is developing the online game TERA, has cut staff at its operations in Seattle, according to a report by gaming industry news site Joystiq. Originally launched in Korea, TERA debuted in North America in May. “Today, we had to let go of some of the great talent at En Masse Entertainment,”… Read More

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Bellevue data recovery startup Doyenz cuts staff

Bellevue-based Doyenz,  which sells a disaster recovery cloud-based service to small and medium-sized businesses, has laid off a number of staffers, GeekWire has learned. “We had to reduce staff and to align with our business priorities, and we still have a substantial though smaller team that will continue to provide services to our substantial customer base,”… Read More

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Microsoft cuts jobs in advertising and marketing

Microsoft this morning confirmed that it has made additional job cuts in advertising and marketing. A Microsoft spokesman says in an email, “I can confirm that there were job eliminations today at Microsoft. Like any company, Microsoft continually evaluates its operations and works to align the business to key priorities. I can assure you we’re… Read More

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Nokia plans 10k job cuts, 3 top execs depart in shakeup

Nokia this morning announced a major shakeup, acknowledging that “competitive industry dynamics” in the smartphone market are hurting its business more than previously expected. The company scaled back its financial forecasts, announced the departure of three top executives, and said it plans to reduce its workforce by up to 10,000 people, or 8 percent, by the end… Read More

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Running low on cash, Marina Biotech cuts 90% of staff

Marina Biotech, a Bothell biotechnology company, said today that it has cut about 90 percent of its staff and ceased most day-to-day operations because it does not have funding to pursue its business model. “To conserve available cash, management has implemented a furlough of approximately 90% of its employees and ceased most day-to-day operations, including… Read More

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T-Mobile USA plans 900 job cuts as ‘rebuilding’ continues

Updated with details on job cuts. T-Mobile USA will be going through another round of job cuts as part of an ongoing restructuring following AT&T’s failed attempt to acquire the Bellevue-based company. A company representative says in a statement, “With these changes, some jobs will be eliminated, some outsourced and some created. In total, approximately… Read More

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Paul Allen’s Vulcan cuts 20 jobs

Vulcan, the Seattle-based investment arm of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, today laid off 20 staffers, GeekWire has learned. “We communicated the tough decision today to lay off 20 people as we realign some functions with the company’s emerging priorities,” said Vulcan spokesman David Postman. Allen has been in the news recently, donating $300… Read More

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Yahoo job cuts: Back to startup mode for an aging web icon

Yahoo this morning confirmed that it’s cutting 2,000 jobs, or about 15 percent of its workforce —  part of an effort by new CEO Scott Thompson to make the company ”smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry require,” as Yahoo put it in a news release…. Read More

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Daily deal site Tippr lays off 25 staffers, restructures sales

Tippr, the daily deal technology services startup led by Seattle entrepreneur Martin Tobias, laid off 25 employees today as part of a restructuring of the sales organization, GeekWire has learned. The Seattle company now employs about 45 people, yet still has about 10 open positions. “The reductions were in merchant sales and part of our… Read More

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AdReady cuts staff

AdReady, the heavily-funded online advertising startup backed by Madrona Venture Group, Bain Capital, Khosla Ventures and others, has cut an undisclosed number of staffers. CEO Karl Siebrecht wrote in a blog post that he made the “very tough decision” to reduce the size of the team. “In order to stay focused on our mission in… Read More

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After purchase by private equity firm, Applied Discovery cuts staff but plans big hiring spree

You may have missed this — as we did. But last month, the New York private equity firm Siris Capital Group quietly purchased Bellevue-based Applied Discovery from LexisNexis. At the time of the deal, Applied Discovery’s Jon Resnick wrote in a blog post that business would operate as usual through the transition, which was described as… Read More

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RealNetworks cuts another 22 jobs in effort to focus business

RealNetworks has cut another 22 jobs, shaving its workforce in an ongoing effort to focus its business. The layoffs were made last week, including some at the company’s Seattle headquarters, a company spokesperson confirmed to GeekWire. RealNetworks isn’t providing specifics about the types of positions that were cut, but says it’s working to identify other… Read More

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Struggling Motricity restructures operations, pulls the plug in Asia

Motricity, the struggling Bellevue maker of mobile software, has restructured its business and decided to close down its operations in Asia. Interim CEO Jim Smith said the moves will “lay the foundation for long-term success and reignite growth.” Motricity has taken it on the chin in recent months, losing key contracts, axing top executives and… Read More