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Is BlackBerry Planning More Layoffs?

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BlackBerry investors weren’t the only ones disappointed Friday when the company announced weaker than expected fiscal first quarter results. During the period that ended June 1, the mobile-device maker posted a loss — $84 million on revenues of $3.1 billion. Meanwhile, employees can’t be happy about the company’s plans to “continue to implement the cost savings” it started last year. In 2012, BlackBerry announced plans to cut approximately 5,000 workers from its payroll by the end of its fiscal year… continue…

Will Apple Really Hire 7,400 People By 2016?

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Apple could hire as many as 7,400 more employees over the next three years if all goes according to plan. Between the ring-shaped Cupertino campus the company’s proposed as its new headquarters and other nearby facilities, Apple will have room to house those thousands, according to an economic study released by the company. The study says Apple will expand its headcount by nearly 50 percent between now and the complex’s 2016 completion date, which would boost its overall area workforce… continue…

Slicing and Dicing Big Data for Opportunity

Big Data has great potential to disrupt well-established vertical markets. continue…

IBM’s Watson Entering Customer Service Market

The IBM Watson Engagement Advisor will crunch data and offer answers for consumers and businesses. continue…

Windows 8 Won’t Become Business Standard: Forrester

The firm hints that the decline of the PC market, coupled with the popularity of iOS and Android, is also harming Windows 8’s corporate adoption. continue…

Windows 8 Sells 100 Million Licenses, But Faces Long Road Ahead

Windows 8 has sold 100 million licenses. That’s a solid number, but Microsoft needs it to climb much higher in months and years ahead. continue…

BYOD Will Dominate Companies by 2016: Gartner

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies will largely become the rule within the next few years, according to the firm. continue…

Data Analytics Remains Bright Spot in Slowing Software Market

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The overall software market might be experiencing slower growth, but data analytics platforms are bucking that trend. continue…

Tech Workers Wary, Industry Hopeful on H-1B Proposal

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Tech industry groups are cautiously optimistic and tech workers are wary of the immigration reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, which was released by its sponsoring “Gang of Eight” early Wednesday in all its 844-page glory. On Tuesday, Neil Ruiz, associate fellow and senior policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, told us prospects for the bill’s passage looked promising, though at that point he had seen only a 19-page summary of the legislation. Among the wide-ranging bill’s… continue…

Microsoft’s Xbox Studios: Old School or New?

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As Microsoft ramps up its Los Angeles-based Xbox Entertainment Studios, you have to wonder whether its goal is to bring innovative platforms to old-school media, or old-school media to innovative platforms. If the top-down hiring is any indication, it may be the latter. Yusuf Mehdl, senior vice president of Redmond’s interactive entertainment business, says that Xbox users are more interested in videos and music than those who play with other Internet-related consoles. In that context, hiring Nancy Tellem last September as… continue…