TeliaSonera cuts 2,000 jobs as mobile market stagnates

TeliaSonera’s revenues and subscriber base aren’t budging, but the Nordic carrier claims its costs are skyrocketing. In an effort to realign its business with new mobile data realities, the carrier said it will lay off 7 percent of its workforce over two years.

Is telecommuting feeling the economic squeeze?

Telework may have obvious benefits, but the number of remote workers isn’t exactly soaring. In fact, according to some recent studies, the growth in telecommuting is actually slowing. Many explanations are possible, but maybe the simplest is best: The terrible economy has everyone scared.

Will good economic tidings kill coworking?

Remote work has boomed during the recession as job seekers look beyond traditional office-based gigs and companies embrace any opportunity to cut costs. That boom in nontraditional work has fed enthusiasm for coworking spaces. But will this enthusiasm outlast the tough economic times?

What can startups do if the euro topples?

With Europe’s currency on the brink of collapse, is there anything startups and investors can do to avoid risking their businesses? We asked some of the continent’s top venture capitalists what they are doing to try and sidestep the crisis.

A Silver Lining to the Recession: Increased Telecommuting

How exactly did the recession affect remote work – were employers spoiled for choice and reluctant to allow flexibility? Did lean economic times increase the number of workers looking for remote gigs? WebWorkerDaily spoke to Sara Sutton Fell, the founder and CEO of FlexJobs, to find out:

CMEA’s Maurice Gunderson Talks Tactics

As the stimulus and the recession both leave marks on the cleantech industry, cleantech investors, along with entrepreneurs, are adjusting to a new landscape. And CMEA Capital is one venture capital firm that seems to be navigating it successfully, so far. The company backed A123Systems, the lithium-ion battery manufacturer whose much-celebrated initial public offering surpassed expectations in the midst of an IPO drought in September, as well as Solyndra, the thin-film solar startup that received the first renewable-energy manufacturing loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.
We recently sat down with Maurice Gunderson, senior partner at CMEA, who previously co-founded venture-capital firm Nth Power, to discuss his thoughts on the future of the greentech industry, and the how CMEA – and its portfolio companies – are prepared to thrive in the new economy. Here are some excerpts from our conversation:
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Today in Connected Consumer

I’m no economist, but the big crowds and buoyant atmosphere around CES certainly seemed like a good sign for the business, if not the rest of the economy, and a welcome change from last year’s somber gathering. It almost didn’t matter that all three of the trends at the show – 3DTV, e-book readers and tablet PCs – were almost certainly being oversold in terms of their near-term consumer appeal. It felt good to see people hyping stuff again.

Vid-Biz: Comcast-NBC, Sony, Blockbuster

Zucker Outlines Comcast/NBCU Transition Team; the “Operational Transition Team” will be led by Salil Mehta, NBCU’s president of business operations, strategy and development, and Joe Donnelly, CFO of Comcast’s programming group. (Multichannel News)

Sony to Use RealD Technology in 3-D TV Sets in 2010; the maker of Bravia televisions will use technology from RealD to make 3D-capable TV sets starting next year. (Bloomberg)

Blockbuster Launches iPhone App; the new app allows customers to locate the nearest stores and check on the in-stock status of certain titles, while also enabling customers to build and manage their list of online-rental requests. (Video Business)

Blu-ray Disc Association Completes 3-D Spec; the long-anticipated spec calls for every 3-D Blu-ray software/hardware product to work with any compatible 3-D display, regardless of whether it uses LCD, plasma or other technology. (Video Business)

Netflix Sued For Revealing Private Info; the same lawyer who brought a lawsuit over Blockbuster sharing data with Facebook has sued Netflix over sharing user data for its $1 million ratings contest. (TechDirt)

Bambuser’s Video Streaming iPhone App Hits the App Store; mobile streaming startup’s live streaming iPhone application was approved by Apple days after Ustream’s app was given the green light. (TechCrunch)

Pope Reaches Out to Cyber Youth With YouTube, Podcasts; Pope Benedict XVI is on YouTube, has a MySpace playlist, will podcast his midnight Christmas Mass, and will have a webcam broadcasting appearances from his apartment window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. (Bloomberg)

Showtime Picks Episodic for MMA Initiative; Showtime Sports selected Episodic to power the live online video initiative STRIKEFORCE: All Access. (TVover.net)

Watch The Buzz On Bitly.TV; Url shortener is aggregating the most popular videos shared through its service. (TechCrunch)

Surviving After-School Time: Meet Deadlines and Keep Your Kids Happy

Kids arrive home from schoolIn my school district, kids get out of school as early as 2:45 pm and as late as 4:15 pm. If you start working after the kids leave for school, you can usually get around six or seven hours of work done. Most people tend to work at least eight hours per day — so how do you deal with the after-school time, when work still needs to be done?
You may need to help the younger ones with homework or teach them study skills. You may need to switch into chauffeur mode to get the kids to sports, music lessons or club activities. Everyone has different needs and situations. With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of suggestions of things that you can do to keep your kids happy and meet your deadlines: Read More about Surviving After-School Time: Meet Deadlines and Keep Your Kids Happy

The Future of Work: The Freelancer Report 2009

freelancerreportThis week I’ve been speculating on the Future of Work and the types of skills that might be required. However, hindsight can provide useful clues to the future, so it’s important to reflect on existing behavior in order to determine where we’re headed.
Between April and June of this year, online accounting service FreeAgent surveyed its users. The result is “The Freelancer Report,” an in-depth study of 535 freelancers and small businesses. Though the respondents were mainly based in the UK and the Netherlands, and the survey was primarily intended to understand the impact of the global recession, it provides some indications of trending behaviors and make for interesting reading. Read More about The Future of Work: The Freelancer Report 2009