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Philips to Release 6000 Employees Into Wild

The consumer electronics dominoes continue to fall. First Sony (SNE), then Samsung and now Royal Philips Electronics (PHG). Echoing the suffering of its rivals, Europe’s largest consumer electronics firm reported a 1.47 billion euro ($1.9 billion) shortfall today–its first quarterly loss in almost six years–and announced plans to cut 6,000 jobs in 2009. “Our fourth-quarter results confirm the expectation we expressed in early December that the short term economic outlook is worsening and that 2009 is likely to be a very challenging year,” the company said in a statement.

A dismal prediction, but one that’s to be expected. Clearly, the unprecedented and ferocious decline in the economy doesn’t exactly encourage sales of flat-screen televisions–unless they’re consumer sales to pawn shops. “What is quite amazing is not so much the depth of slowdown, it’s the lack of visibility there is,” said Philips Electronics CFO Pierre-Jean Sivignon. “The world is tougher out there.”

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Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work