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Tech firms, Wall Street titans lead job cuts in corporate America

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Tech firms, Wall Street titans lead job cuts in corporate America

Big Tech firms and Wall Street titans are leading a string of layoffs across corporate America as companies look to rein in costs to ride out a global economic downturn.

Rapid interest rate hikes and weak consumer demand have forced firms such as Amazon, Walt Disney, and Facebook-owner Meta and American banks to trim their workforce.

Tech companies shed more than 150,000 workers in 2022 amid a rapidly fading pandemic-led demand boom, according to tracking site Layoffs. fyi, and more layoffs are expected as growth in the world’s biggest economies slows.

Here are some of the job cuts by major American companies announced in recent weeks.

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TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOM SECTOR


IBM Corp (IBM.N):

The software and consulting firm said it will lay off 3,900 employees.

Spotify Technology SA (SPOT.N):

Music streaming service Spotify is cutting 6% of its workforce or roughly 600 roles.

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Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O):

Alphabet Inc is eliminating 12,000 jobs, its chief executive said in a staff memo.

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O):

The U.S. tech giant said it would cut 10,000 jobs by the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2023.

The company laid off under 1,000 employees across several divisions in October, Axios reported, citing a source.

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Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O):

The e-commerce giant said company-wide layoffs would impact over 18,000 employees.

Meta Platforms Inc (META.O):

The Facebook parent said it would cut 13% of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees, as it grapples with a weak advertising market and mounting costs.

Intel Corp (INTC.O):

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CEO Pat Gelsinger told Reuters “people actions” would be part of a cost-reduction plan. The chipmaker said it would reduce costs by $3 billion in 2023.

Twitter Inc:

The social media company has aggressively cut its workforce across teams ranging from communications and content curation to product and engineering following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover.

Lyft Inc (LYFT.O):

The ride-hailing firm said it would lay off 13% of its workforce, or about 683 employees after it already cut 60 jobs earlier this year and froze hiring in September.

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Salesforce Inc (CRM.N):

The software company said it would lay off about 10% of its employees and close some offices as a part of its restructuring plan, citing a challenging economy.

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O):

The networking and collaboration solutions company said it will undertake restructuring which could impact roughly 5% of its workforce. The effort will begin in the second quarter of the fiscal year 2023 and cost the company $600 million.

HP Inc (HPQ.N):

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The computing devices maker said it expected to cut up to 6,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2025.

Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN.O):

The company is laying off 6% of its workforce in an effort to cut costs as the EV maker, already grappling with falling cash reserves and a weak economy, braces for an industry-wide price war.

Match Group (MTCH.O)

The Tinder parent said it would lay off about 8% of its workforce, a day after it forecast first-quarter revenue below Wall Street expectations.

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Dell Technologies Inc (DELL.N)

The company will eliminate about 6,650 jobs, or 5% of its global workforce, as the PC maker grapples with falling demand and braces for economic uncertainty.

Zoom Video Communications (ZM.O)

The company said on Tuesday it would cut about 1,300 jobs, as demand for its video conferencing services slows with the waning of the pandemic, and take a related charge of up to $68 million.

eBay Inc (EBAY.O)

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E-commerce firm eBay Inc said on Tuesday it will lay off 500 employees globally, representing 4% of its total workforce.

FINANCIAL SECTOR

Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N):

Goldman Sachs began laying off staff on Jan. 11 in a sweeping cost-cutting drive, with around a third of those affected coming from the investment banking and global markets division, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The job cuts are expected to be just over 3,000, one of the sources said on Jan. 9, in what would be the biggest workforce reduction for the bank since the financial crisis.

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Morgan Stanley (MS.N):

The Wall Street powerhouse is expected to start a fresh round of layoffs globally in the coming weeks, Reuters reported on Nov. 3, as the dealmaking business takes a hit.

Citigroup Inc (C.N):

The bank eliminated dozens of jobs across its investment banking division, as a dealmaking slump continues to weigh on Wall Street’s biggest banks, Bloomberg News reported.

BlackRock Inc (BLK.N):

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The asset manager is cutting up to 500 jobs, Insider reported, citing a memo.

Genesis:

The cryptocurrency firm has cut 30% of its workforce in a second round of layoffs in less than six months, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Coinbase Global (COIN.O):

The cryptocurrency exchange said it would slash nearly 950 jobs, the third round of workforce reduction in less than a year after cryptocurrencies, already squeezed by rising interest rates, came under renewed pressure following the collapse of major exchange FTX.

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Stripe Inc:

The digital payments firm is cutting its headcount by about 14% and will have about 7,000 employees after the layoffs, according to an email to employees from the company’s founders.

CONSUMER AND RETAIL SECTOR

Beyond Meat Inc (BYND.O):

The vegan meat maker said it plans to cut 200 jobs this year, with the layoffs expected to save about $39 million.

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Blue Apron Holdings Inc (APRN.N):

The online meal-kit company said it will cut about 10% of its corporate workforce, as it looks to reduce costs and streamline operations. The company had about 1,657 full-time employees, as of Sept. 30.

DoorDash Inc (DASH.N):

The food delivery firm, which enjoyed a growth surge during the pandemic, said it was reducing its corporate headcount by about 1,250 employees.

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY.O):

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The retailer will lay off more employees this year in an attempt to reduce costs. Last year, company executives had said the home goods retailer was cutting about 20% of its corporate and supply chain workforce.

ENERGY AND RESOURCES SECTOR

Dow Inc (DOW.N):

The U.S. chemicals maker said it would cut about 2,000 jobs as it navigates challenges including inflation and supply chain disruptions.

Phillips 66 (PSX.N):

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The refiner reduced employee headcount by over 1,100 as it seeks to meet its 2022 cost savings target of $500 million. The reductions were communicated to employees in late October.

HEALTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL SECTOR

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N):

The pharmaceutical giant has said it might cut some jobs amid inflationary pressure and a strong dollar, with CFO Joseph Wolk saying the healthcare conglomerate is looking at “right-sizing” itself.

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Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations ‘unreachable’ by foot

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Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations 'unreachable' by foot

Nasa has picked three companies to develop a new lunar racer car that Artemis astronauts will use to traverse the Moon in the 2030s.

It will help astronauts reach mysterious, never-before-explored destinations that are deemed unreachable by foot.

The lunar terrain rover (LTV) will be an essential string in Nasa’s bow in terms of scientific research and exploring the Moon’s south pole during the Artemis V mission.

The south pole is, scientists believe, the most promising location for water-based ice, which will be key to future human habitation on the Moon.

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The concentration of precious lunar materials in the polar region is also of interest to the US government, experts say.

We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries, says Jacob Bleacher, Chief Exploration Scientist At Nasa.

Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost and Venturi Astrolab have been tasked with developing an autonomous vehicle as part of a $4.6billion contract over the next 13 years.

The trio will now launch a year-long study to develop a system that meets Nasa’s requirements.

Nasa has said that the Moon car must be able to accommodate two suited astronauts, and withstand extreme conditions.

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Temperatures can drop to as low as -230 degrees Celsius (-382 degrees Fahrenheit in shadowed regions of the lunar south pole.

It must also be able to work autonomously, so controllers on Earth can continue to explore the lunar surface without astronauts.

“We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries,” Jacob Bleacher said.

“With the Artemis crewed missions, and during remote operations when there is not a crew on the surface, we are enabling science and discovery on the Moon year-round.”

Nasa’s Artemis V mission in 2029 will see two astronauts land on the Moon to explore, and another two astronauts set up the ESA’s refuelling module onboard Gateway – the first-ever lunar space station.
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n 2026, Nasa will launch its Artemis III mission, the first human assignment on the Moon since Apollo 17.

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The third Artemis mission forms part of a decade-long programme that is hoped to culminate with a permanent lunar base.

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 Internet services were disrupted in several parts of the country on Tuesday.

According to Downdetector, there was a disruption in services in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.
Internet services across the country were restored after a brief outage. 

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EU regulators assess Apple’s plan for complying with music streaming order

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 EU antitrust regulators are checking to see if an Apple (AAPL.O) proposal would comply with their order to let Spotify (SPOT.N) and other music streaming services inform users of payment options outside its App Store, the European Commission said on Monday.

The iPhone maker risks antitrust charges and fresh fines if its proposal announced last Friday fails to satisfy the EU competition enforcer, which issued its order together with a 1.84 billion euro ($2 billion) fine last month

Under Apple’s proposal, the Swedish music streaming service Spotify and others can include a link to their websites to inform users of other ways to purchase digital goods or services, away from Apple’s App Store.

They can also invite users to provide their email address to be sent a link to the platform’s website to buy digital music content or services. Such links, however, carry a 27% fee to Apple, including for subsequent auto-renewing subscriptions.

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“We are currently assessing whether Apple has fully complied with the decision,” a Commission spokesperson said.
“In general, if the Commission suspects that there is non-compliance with an adopted decision, it will send the undertaking concerned a Statement of Objections …”

Spotify bemoaned the fact that it was still waiting for Apple to comply with the EU order, five weeks on.

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