Apple’s senior vice president Tony Fadell is leaving, according to reports. He will be replaced by IBM honcho Mark Papermaster. Fadell leads the iPod’s development team and is widely credited with coming up with the idea for the wonder-product in the first place.
George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer at NBC Universal, and the man behind the wildly popular Hulu is leaving, opting out of the last year of his contract with the company.
Mobile titan Nokia is slashing 600 positions from its roster, primarily in the marketing and sales departments. Nokia will also shutter the site Turku by January of 2009. It said it hopes to shuffle Turku’s 220 employees to other areas of the company. Nokia’s Q3 earnings were down 28% year-over-year.
Online mom-and-pop ad shop Spot Runner has laid off 115 people, or 30% of its staff. Three months ago, Spot Runner fired 50 workers. In March, the company acquired local ad company Weblistic – that division will reportedly be downsized.
Casual gaming coming WildTangent has shut down its internal development team (comprised of about 20 employees or 20% of its total workforce). WildTangent’s cofounder Alex St. John stepped down as CEO but remains on board as chairman. Mike Peronto, the erstwhile COO, has slipped on the CEO mantle.