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(Examiner, The (Washington, DC) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Arlington largely spared in Rosetta Stone cuts
Layoffs at language-learning software provider Rosetta Stone Inc. will mostly spare its Arlington headquarters, which will lose nine positions under the shift announced Tuesday.
The bulk of the roughly 70 cuts, according to a company spokesman, will hit Rosetta Stone's Harrisonburg, Va., office, which went through a round of layoffs last year. The company now houses 361 of its about 1,500-strong global workforce there and 186 in Rosslyn.
At the same time, the company said it would open new offices in Austin and San Francisco.
Maryland, Virginia, D.C. share in Google settlement
Maryland and Virginia are among the 37 states and D.C. that will share a $7 million settlement with Google Inc. over allegations that the online search giant collected unauthorized data from consumers when putting together its Street View mapping service.
Maryland will receive $130,388 of the settlement announced Tuesday. Virginia will receive $142,600, and the District will get $102,018.
Nielsen works to track Web-connected viewers
Nielsen is working hard to track the so-called cord-cutters. The television rating service is following the viewing habits of 5 million American households that use Internet-connected devices and television sets as their primary access to content.
Nielsen is calling them "zero TV" households, but it's a bit of a misnomer. The group, at least 75 percent of them, do own a TV. That device, however, is not connected to a cable or satellite service but to the Internet. This group, as a whole, is generally under the age of 35 and childless.
Local employers optimistic
Washington-area employers are more optimistic than their counterparts nationally, according to Manpower Inc.'s quarterly employment outlook.
A net 17 percent of local employers plan to add jobs in the second quarter, compared with a net 11 percent nationally.
Employers in all 50 states reported hiring plans for the second quarter, according to Manpower. The leader is North Dakota, where the outlook rose from a net 21 percent this quarter to a net 30 percent next quarter.
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