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Articles tagged with: employees

BlackBerry Handsets Revealed, Right After Co. Downsizing

RIM is currently losing both in sales of its handsets and its success of its new operating system. Recently, RIM fired 2000 employees in an attempt to save the company.

But just a day after firing 2000 employees, RIM gave a statement about its two upcoming BlackBerry handsets on Twitter and Facebook which will most likely feature BlackBerry OS 7. RIM is yet to confirm these handsets but thanks to leaks, we are able to give you a quick overview of the new handsets. The first one in this line is Monza/Touch/Volt 9860 featuring a touchscreen.

Foursquare Hits 10 Million Users

LinkedIn India wasn’t the only group celebrating 10 million users. Foursquare also hit a 10 million user base on the same day. Whoa, talk about a coincidence. Foursquare celebrated by creating an interactive map, showing a series of colorful dots that had slowly spread around the globe.

Each one of those dots represented a user and the growth of the company, which has just passed its second birthday. Okay, so you may be thinking, who celebrates a 10 million user-base with a silly map?

Best Buy Furious At Newegg’s Marketing

Best Buy recently sent online electronics manufacturer, Newegg, a cease and desist letter, citing that Newegg stole Best Buy’s Geek Squad logo and made of Best Buy in a commercial (shown top). If you ask me, a power button symbol as an O isn’t clever enough to be trademarked by anyone.

Not to mention that Best Buy’s logo has a tie on its power button and Newegg doesn’t. As for the commercial, I agree that Newegg was probably making fun of Best Buy employees in a generic sort of way, but this kind of stuff happens ALL the time with competitors. Hello? Ever heard of the “Mac vs. PC” campaign Apple spun way back when? Did Microsoft cry about it? No. They countered the ads showing a racially and socioeconomically diverse group, all claiming that they were a PC.

eBay Acquires E-commerce Startup, Magento

eBay announced on Monday that it has agreed to overtake Magento (an open source ecommerce platform), an LA-based company with nearly 300 employees. eBay before only had a minority stake in the company, but has since then decided to go big or go home. Neither company stated how much the deal will go for, but it is expected to close in the third quarter of this year upon approval.

Magento offers tens of thousands of merchants control over the user experience, catalog, content, and functionality of their online store. The company’s “Go” platform offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS), offering both small and growing merchants the online tools they need, from payments to inventory management.

Groupon Files For $750 Million IPO
According to Business Insider, Groupon has filed an S-1 with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) in efforts to raise $750 million in an Initial Public Offering (IPO), backed by Morgan Stanley. Some of details of the filling
  • Groupon lost $413 million in 2010
  • 2010 revenues totaled $713 million
  • Groupon’s first quarter 2011 revenues reached $645 million
  • Groupon has 83 million email subscribers
  • Groupon sold 30 million coupons last year
  • Groupon spent $86 million on operating costs in 2010
  • Groupon has 7,000+ employees
Facebook Is Facing Firing Lawsuits

Firing of employees over things posted on social media platforms is the basis of dozens of lawsuits in the U.S. Many of these are included by the National Labor Relations Bureau.

It is still being argued whether or not employers can terminate employees from what they post on Facebook. A settlement in February between the NLRB and American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc.,was a lawsuit that took place because a woman made foul Facebook statuses about her employer. Also, there was an April case that NLRB settled out of court involved a claim of retaliation for Facebook comments about possible labor code violations by Build.com. This settlement seemed more favorable toward the terminated worker.

Google Spying On Employees-Comes To An End

Plenty of employees are work at a job where they have internet access. Although your employer has this set up so you can search the web for business related use, most poeple use the internet at work to look up non job related topics. People either use the web to check their Facebook, Twitter, personal e-mail or even where they are going to eat that evening. There is a grey area of what is used for personal and business use when it comes to the internet. A lot of companies restrict their employee’s web access and check to see what they have been pulling up on the web while they are at work.