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  • Yahoo Lays Off 2,000 Employees

    Last month, we shared a report by Kara Swisher of AllThingsD that predicted thousands of layoffs at Yahoo; this morning, the tech company officially announced that it will let go of 2,000 employees, a sum that represents some 14 percent of its workforce.

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  • Sprinklr Raises $5 Million in Funding as Businesses Flock Towards Social Solutions

    Sprinklr, a social media management platform for businesses, raised $5 million in its latest round of funding, underscoring the growing emphasis companies are placing on social media. This news follows the massive acquisition of Sprinklr competitor Radian6 by Salesforce.com for $326 million. What factors drive this focus?

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  • Microsoft Regains Its Mojo With a Branding and Product Renaissance

    Move over, Apple and Google: Microsoft has its mojo back. In a column earlier this week, The Atlantic's Rebecca Greenfield proclaimed that after a branding and product renaissance, Microsoft now looks like "the hippest tech company on the block." What's behind this resurgence? After all, Microsoft is the same company that was portrayed as slow and uncool in the "Mac versus PC" commercials Apple rolled out.
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  • Oprah Winfrey Lays Off 30 Staffers in OWN Restructuring

    Earlier this week, Oprah Winfrey was forced to lay off 30 staffers from OWN, her eponymous television network, due to poor ratings. The OWN restructuring follows the cancellation of Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, which aired for just five months.

    "The economics of a startup cable network just don't work with the cost structure that was in place," said Winfrey in a statement. "As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network."

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  • Muse Ad Agency Uses Draw Something App to Recruit Interns

    We recently wrote about how the Work Club digital agency advertised for its creative director position using a Pinterest board, and now another agency, Muse Amsterdam, is using the Draw Something app to recruit its latest round of interns.

    The iOS game prompts users to draw various shapes and figures and then invite friends to guess their creations. Muse has kicked things up a notch by asking prospective intern candidates to start a Draw Something game with the agency's username, Drawsome Intern and then create drawings according to the cues. It will then "review the most beautiful, stupid and genius drawings" to narrow down its list of names.

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  • Yammer CEO Woos Yahoo Employees With $25,000 Signing Bonus

    Yammer CEO David Sacks has made a bold public appeal to current Yahoo! employees: come and work for us, and receive a $25,000 signing bonus. What recession?

    This lucrative offer isn't because Sacks is a Yahoo ally in the slightest. Earlier in the week, he used his Twitter account to encourage Silicon Valley employers to blackball Yahoo employees due to the tech company's patent lawsuit against Facebook.

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  • Yahoo Restructuring Could Lead to Thousands of Layoffs

    Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson is reportedly working on company restructuring that could lead to thousands of layoffs. AllThingsD reports that departments under the radar include research, public relations, marketing and products -- areas where Yahoo has fallen behind. As of the end of 2011, the tech company had 14,100 employees worldwide.

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  • LEGO Denmark Office Sparks Creativity With Playground Setting

    Many of us report to office buildings with a traditional layout, but design employees at the LEGO Denmark office spend their workdays amid a playground slide, vibrant oversized furniture and game areas. The whimsical decor is meant to spark creativity -- after all, who wouldn't be inspired when the primary mode of post-meeting transportation is a playground slide?

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  • Apple Supports 514,000 US Jobs, Touts App Economy

    Apple recently flaunted its job-creation figures with a landing page that proclaims the tech company has created or supported some 514,000 U.S. jobs. Apple enlisted the Analysis Group to study the effect Apple has on the American economy; according to the organization's findings, the app economy alone has created 210,000 jobs.

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  • GM to Temporarily Lay Off 1,300 Workers in Volt Production Suspension

    General Motors has been forced to briefly suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt (and the Opel Ampera in Europe) after sluggish sales led to a surplus of the plug-in hybrid electric cars. Some 1,300 workers have been temporarily laid off from March 19 to April 23 due to the shutdown.

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  • Work Club Digital Agency Uses Pinterest to Find a Creative Director

    The Work Club digital agency in London has created a Pinterest board to advertise its open creative director position. The board uses screencaps of Steven Spielberg-directed movies to illustrate the agency's growth and the position's roles and responsibilities. Film fans will recognize stills from "Jaws," "Jurassic Park" and "The Adventures of Tintin" in the board's many pins.

    On the surface, the Work Club job ad on Pinterest might look like a creative gimmick meant to go viral. Diving deeper, however, the one-of-a-kind ad tells far more about the company and its ideal candidate than any standard listing could.

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  • Apple Named World's Most Admired Company

    Fortune Magazine recently ranked Apple No. 1 in its list of Most Admired Companies, acing out Google, Amazon and even Coca-Cola. The House that Jobs Built had $108 billion in annual revenue this year. Two of its core products -- the iPhone and iPad -- saw 81 percent and 334 percent sales increases, respectively. A single share of Apple stock is now $495, a spike of 75 percent over last fiscal year.

    Considering these figures, it's easy to see why consumers and shareholders love Apple, but what about its employees? We crunched the numbers to find out.

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  • Postal Service Consolidation Strategy Cuts 35,000 Jobs

    The U.S. Postal Service has been hurting for years, and last week representatives announced its new consolidation strategy. The organization will consolidate or close 223 mail processing centers -- a move that eliminates some 35,000 full-time and non-career positions.

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  • Cheery or Scroogey? Ho-Ho-Holiday Happiness for Retail Workers

    336313316_aaf54911bf_bBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Which retail workers are merry, jolly and happy to serve you this holiday season? PayScale.com asked retail workers at various major outlets to rate their levels of stress and satisfaction on the job and came up with a happiness score for each group. It turns out that some holiday workers like their retail gigs much more than others – and pay and benefits don’t always make the big difference.

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  • Is Facebook a Right or a Privilege at Work?

    By Lydia Dishman, PayScale.com

    For Generation Y, access to the Web is as essential as air, water, food and shelter.

    According to the 2011 Cisco Systems “Connected World Technology Report,” a whopping one of every three college students and employees surveyed globally believes the Internet is a fundamental resource. So it’s no surprise that having access to Facebook and Twitter is considered essential when deciding on where they’ll work. More than 40 percent of young adults surveyed worldwide said they would accept a job offer for less money if they had more access to social media at work.

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  • PayScale Nominated "Best Employer"

    By Bridget Quigg

    It's always nice to get a compliment. And, PayScale received a great big one the other day when an employee nominated us for "Best Employer" in the annual "The Best of Western Washington" contest hosted by King 5 television's "Evening Magazine" show. We're blushing. We're honored. And, we're still receiving more votes. Would you help us stay in the top twenty?

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  • Facebook vs. Google: Which Employer Suits You Best?

    By Denene Brox

    Google and Facebook are not your typical technology companies. They are innovators that have literally changed the way people all over the world interact online. Both companies had humble beginnings. Google was founded in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two Stanford University PhD students. CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, launched the site in 2004 from a Harvard University dorm room.

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  • Who Is Your Best Employer? Mac vs. PC

    By Susan Johnston

    For years, consumers have self-identified as Mac or a PC people, a label fueled in part by Apple’s Mac vs. PC ads. Some research about the two companies' customers was even done by Hunch.com and it showed that many of the stereotypes are true. Mac lovers are typically younger and more likely to live in urban centers, while PC enthusiasts tend to be more politically conservative and prefer Harley’s over Vespas.

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