How Can You Miss Us if We Won’t Go Away? Paczkowski and Swisher Highlights From AllThingsD.

And so it goes in Silicon Valley.
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Fab Makes Big Cuts Again, Laying Off Nearly 20 Percent of Staff

After suggesting via an internal memo that he would lay off staff, Fab CEO Jason Goldberg has laid off 101 employees, or nearly 20 percent of the e-commerce startup’s staff. Fab, which raised $165 million this summer, also let go of more than 100 employees in July.

Exclusive: Microsoft’s Xbox Head Don Mattrick Leaving to Take Top Role — Possibly CEO — At Zynga

A very big hire for the troubled online gaming giant.
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After Zynga Confirms 18 Percent Layoffs, It Lowers Guidance in All-In Mobile Move

More tough choices for the troubled gaming company.
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Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent of Staff — and Shutter New York and LA Offices in Refocus on Mobile

Right-sizing the gaming giant for the mobile market.
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AOL’s Patch Gets New CEO, as Just Under Three Percent of Staff Is Laid Off in Consolidation (Memo)

The hyperlocal content efforts gets trimmed in profit push and a new leader too.
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Marissa Mayer’s First Live Interview (Which ATD Had to Virtually Sneak Into): God. Family. Yahoo.

Going down those Internet pipes is really tight.
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What Will Marissa Do?: As New CEO Unveils Turnaround Plan Today, Can She Avoid Layoffs Later?

The Yahoo CEO has called today’s plan to unveil strategy details to employees an “act of radical transparency,” but any plans for cutting employees will likely remain decidedly opaque for now.
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What Will Marissa Do?: Yahoo CEO Zeroes in on Search, While Her Ad Team Eyes Tech Upgrade Options

Free food and iPhones do not a turnaround make. Now it’s time for the hard part of remaking the Silicon Valley giant.
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The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff