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With the end of the first quarter of the 2009 almost here, even the strongest companies companies are making last-minute layoffs to shave costs. Today, layoffs were announced across the tech sector, from IBM to Google to Amazon. The biggest layoffs came from IBM, where 5,000 people are losing their jobs in the U.S.. Amazon cut 210 people at three distribution centers in Nevada, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Google also announced layoffs of 200 people from sales and marketing (so far, engineers have been spared). In all three cases, the job cuts amounted to roughly one percent of each company’s global workforce. The New York Times also announced a 5 percent cut of its newsroom, or 100 people. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/26/end-of-quarter-layoffs-hit-amazon-ibm-google-and-the-new-york-times 3/26)

“Ambivalent Networkers” — primarily males in their late 20s — admit to being glued to their mobile devices. Still, they would like to “take a break” from all the new technologies, says a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Technology “feels like an obligation.” (Iwantmedia 3/26, http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090325/ap_on_hi_te/tec_techbit_digitally_ambivalent 3/25)

Revenue from mobile-broadband services will reach $137 billion by 2014, a more than 400% rise from current levels, according to a report from Ovum, a consultancy and research firm. The report also predicts that average revenue per user will decline as the number of users will outpace the growth in sales. InformationWeek (3/25)

Sharp Electronics and Sony on Wednesday will christen Sharp Display Products Corp., a new joint-venture company to produce LCD TV panels. The firm, which will be two-thirds owned by Sharp and one-third owned by Sony, will be based in a new facility in Sakai, Japan. Dealerscope (3/25) , TWICE (3/24) , CEPro.com (3/24

Hewlett-Packard has debuted the new Pavilion Elite m9600 desktop, which is powered by Core i7 processors and has up to 1TB of hard drive storage and Blu-ray options. The company also introduced a suite of new LCD monitors featuring HDMI connectivity. Digital Trends (3/25)

The first-quarter 2009 reliability rankings by computer-service chain Rescuecom do not hold good news for Apple’s Mac. For the first time, Mac dropped out of first place and fell to third, where it now must look up at Asian computer makers Asustek Computer and Lenovo Group. Computerworld (3/25)

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