Sprint lays off 330 techs, shutters 55 stores as part of broader cuts

Sprint recently cut a significant chunk of its staff dedicated to repairing and refurbishing phones and shut down its slower-performing stores, part of a broader effort to reduce the company's costs in the face of continued financial struggles.

The Overland Park, Kan., wireless carrier laid off 330 technical consultants, closing 150 service and repair centers across the country, a Sprint representative confirmed to CNET. It also shut down 55 of its worst-performing retail stores. The moves were part of a larger plan for layoffs and cuts that was announced in January.

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IBM laying off up to 25 percent of 'hardware' division

IBM has confirmed that it's laying off a portion of its workforce in order to focus on new priority areas, like the cloud, analytics, and cognitive computing. This means certain divisions of the company must see cuts.

"As reported in our recent earnings briefing, IBM continues to rebalance its workforce to meet the changing requirements of its clients, and to pioneer new, high value segments of the IT industry," IBM spokesman Doug Shelton told CNET in a statement. "To that end, IBM is positioning itself to lead in areas such as cloud, analytics and cognitive computing, … Read more

Zynga announces NaturalMotion acquisition alongside layoffs

Looking to bring its wayward financials back on track, Zynga revealed a handful of surprises during its 2013 fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday. While Zynga CEO Don Mattrick announced the acquisition of British gaming company NaturalMotion, he also said the company had to tighten its belt with company-wide layoffs. This comes with news of a 43.3 percent decrease in Zynga's revenue from a year ago.

The acquisition of NaturalMotion shows that Zynga is keen on cornering the mobile gaming market. NaturalMotion is known for popular game apps like "CSR Racing" and "Clumsy Ninja." … Read more

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Dell looks to be heading toward staff layoffs of 20 to 30 percent

Dell appears to be feeling the effects of the PC market's downward slide. According to The Register, the company is said to be laying off a large portion of its staff from offices around the world.

Reportedly, Dell is looking to cut 20 percent of its US-based sales staff and 30 percent of its sales and marketing staff from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company wouldn't say how many people this totaled up to.

Sources familiar with the matter told The Register that along with laying off employees that work in the PC department, Dell is … Read more

HP adds another 5,000 jobs to layoff plan for 34,000 total

Hewlett-Packard is yet again ramping up the number of jobs it expects to eliminate as part of its turnaround plan, blaming market and business pressures for the cuts in a regulatory filing Monday.

The world's largest computer maker revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it expects to cut an additional 5,000 jobs on top of the 29,000 it previously planned to eliminate. The company originally announced plans to cut 27,000 positions in May 2012, boosting that figure in September 2012.

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Qualcomm in the midst of layoffs, report says

Qualcomm, which has most recently gained attention for its mobile processors, but builds a wide array of mobile components, is laying off some of its employees, according to a new report.

The company is currently thinning out its middle-management ranks, GigaOm reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Many of the cuts have come at the vice president level and down, and a single division saw 100 people lose their jobs, GigaOm's sources said.

Qualcomm was seemingly performing well in the mobile space, with its Snapdragon processor making its way to several devices. … Read more

Toshiba to axe 3,000 jobs from TV division

Toshiba's ailing television division will soon cut its staff and cease production at two factories, the company announced Monday.

Toshiba plans to cut 50 percent of staff in its television division, eliminating 3,000 jobs in the process (PDF). In addition, Toshiba will close two of its three TV-production facilities in China, Indonesia, and Poland. Toshiba didn't say which facilities will close.

Like several TV makers, including Panasonic and Sony, Toshiba has had trouble attracting customers to its products. The company has lost millions of dollars in its TV division and expects to also get hit hard in … Read more

BlackBerry will reportedly cut workforce by up to 40 percent

BlackBerry may cut up to 40 percent of its workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company will look to cut across different departments and the trimming may occur in different phases, the Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. BlackBerry had 12,700 employees as of March.

The company declined to comment specifically on the report.

"We will not comment on rumors and speculation. As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan," said a representative. "Organizational moves will continue to occur to ensure we have the right people in the right roles … Read more

BlackBerry said to ax dozens of jobs from US sales force

BlackBerry laid off dozens of people from it US sales force on Monday in another wave of layoffs at the embattled handset maker, according to published reports.

The company laid off more than half its sales force on Monday, a source described as close to the matter told Canadian technology blog Cantech Letter, describing the company's consumer sales force as "gone" and the enterprise as "gutted."

The Wall Street Journal separately reported that several dozen sales employees had been laid off Monday as part of BlackBerry's ongoing restructuring, citing people familiar with the matter. … Read more