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IBM Begins Layoffs in the U.S.

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IBM began a new round of domestic layoffs on Thursday, with its $1 billion “workforce rebalancing” effort expected to slash as many as 13,000 jobs worldwide. Cuts are expected to come in New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont. The union Alliance@IBM also reports 3,300 layoffs abroad, including in Brazil, Argentina, France, and Italy. A source told CNET that the cuts include 25 percent of its hardware division — the Systems and Technology group. Big Blue is… continue…

IBM Strikes Deal With NY to Retain 3,100 Jobs

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IBM and the State of New York Monday cut a deal that would spare 3,100 workers in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas through the end of 2016, even as the company takes a $1 billion restructuring charge in the first quarter. But employees, posting comments to the IBM union site Alliance@IBM, wonder what will happen with the remaining workforce in the area, which numbers approximately 7,000. Big Blue’s workers have been buffeted by a number of layoffs throughout the… continue…

Kurzweil Talks Google’s Big Plans for Artificial Intelligence

The AI researcher (and Singularity advocate) recently sat down with The Guardian to talk about his work with the world’s largest search engine. continue…

With IBM and AT&T, Rush to ‘Internet of Things’ Intensifies

Analytics for city governments today, sensors and software in your fridge and car tomorrow? continue…

IBM Planning to Sell Off Semiconductor Manufacturing: Rumor

Big Blue seems intent on ridding itself of large swaths of its hardware business. continue…

With More IBM Layoffs Due, Vermont Seeks Better Notice

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While IBM employees brace themselves for yet another round of layoffs, Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan is calling for better notice and more authority over such “workplace actions.” Big Blue has been downsizing its workforce in North America for years, though it usually doesn’t announce specific numbers and couches it in terms of its expected cost savings. IBM’s union, Alliance@IBM, is expecting roughly 15,000 workers to be cut at Big Blue’s manufacturing plants in Vermont and New York around Feb.… continue…

For SAP, It’s the Cloud or Bust

The company also continues to bet big on its HANA in-memory technology. But can it fend off giant rivals and hungry startups? continue…

Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $3 Billion

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The world’s No. 1 PC maker, Lenovo, which last week announced it’s buying IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion, plans to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google, according to Google’s announcement Wednesday. For Motorola Mobility employees, the announcement marks another round of uncertainty with a new owner. Just 20 months ago, Google closed its $12.5 billion acquisition with Motorola Mobility and initiated a string of deep cuts. Google inherited approximately 19,000 Motorola Mobility employees, but sacked 4,000 employees in 2012,… continue…

IBM Sheds Datacenter Gear to Chase Cloud, HPC

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For the second time in ten years, Lenovo has acquired a hardware business from IBM. continue…

Lenovo Acquires IBM Server Business

The $2.3 billion deal will see Lenovo seize a big chunk of IBM’s hardware portfolio. continue…