Update: Turmoil at RIM, Layoffs at Cisco

Dice News RoundupWhat Will Become of BlackBerry? Inside Research In Motion, reports say cockiness, paranoia and heated arguments among the executive team are clouding a coherent vision of the future. New carrier agreements and a slew of product releases in coming months may help turn the tide, but RIM continues to see its smartphone territory invaded not only by the iPhone, but by dozens of Android-based competitors in both the consumer and business markets. Boy Genius Report

Cisco Ready To Lay Off Thousands: Networking giant Cisco Systems is weeks away from announcing one of the biggest workforce reductions in its history. It could cut as many as 10,000 jobs, depending on which of several reports turns out to be most accurate. A cutback of that size would reduce the company’s operating expenses by more than $1 billion per year. This would in turn add 8 percent to Cisco’s expected per-share earnings in the 2012 calendar year. All Things D

High-Tech Cleveland Gets Hotter: In Cleveland, IT jobs are plentiful and qualified candidates are often so in demand that companies find themselves having to woo applicants. Northeast Ohio’s technology sector is emerging as a hub capable of holding onto highly sought candidates. The region has more than 2,500 tech companies. The largest, Hyland Software, employs some 1,100 people. The North East Ohio Software Association says the bulk of the companies have between 25 and 200 workers, and based on the association’s recent first-quarter survey, a majority of the 80 companies responding are currently hiring and plan to add staff over the next year. Cleveland.com

Smartphone Growth Is Explosive: A report from the Pew Research Center found that 42 percent of adult Americans with a mobile phone now have a smartphone of some kind. A Nielsen study last year found just 21 percent had a smartphone. Pew also found that 87 percent of the smartphone owners used their device to access the Web or e-mail at least once a day. Interestingly, 25 percent said they go online on their smartphone more than they do with a regular computer. The New York Times

Retailers Will Spend More on Tech: Nearly half of 100 top retail executives said they plan to spend their cash on technology, a survey by KPMG found. IN 2012, 47 percent will invest in analytical tools to improve company growth, expansion and planning. Fifty six percent said they only expect a modest improvement in the economy, revenue and hiring next year. Retailers and their suppliers will spend money on analytical tools to examine the enormous amount of data captured online and at the cash register. Reuters

Startups Use Tech, Rather than Employees: A Kauffman Foundation Study,  called Starting Smaller, Staying Smaller: America’s Slow Leak in Job Creation, suggests technology firms are most familiar with productivity tools that let employers get more work done with lower headcounts. “Clearly technology is at play because you need fewer people to run a company nowadays,” say authors E.J. Reedy and Robert E. Litan. “And one of the most prominent places you see that is in the tech sector.” During the 1990s, the average new business establishment opened its doors with about 7.5 employees compared to about 4.9 today. Moreover, the number of new businesses that hire employees has contracted by more than 27 percent since 2006. Xconomy

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