On April 16, 1971, when aircraft manufacturer Boeing had seen its Seattle based payroll decline from a peak of 100,000 to 39,000, a famous billboard was posted in the city. "Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights?" read the sign. Seattle has had quite a renaissance since then with the region becoming home to a few major corporations including Starbucks.
Billboard from April 1971 pokes fun at Seattle's decline
Another company that is based in Seattle, at least until the end of the year, is Cyanogen Inc.. According to those in the know, the company is planning on shuttering its Seattle based headquarters by the end of this year, which only has about four weeks left. Anonymous sources say that this was been announced internally today along with some layoffs. A number of those laid off have been given the opportunity to move to Cyanogen's smaller office in Palo Alto. In that office, two Cyanogen employees who worked on Android development were given their walking papers.
The sources also say that no final disposition has been decided on for company co-founder Steve Kondik, who was removed from the board last month. His current title, "Chief Science Officer," does not give him any say over the direction of the company. Speaking of Android, Cyanogen is in the process of disseminating CyanogenMod 14.1
, which is based on Android 7.1.
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