Zynga lays off 580 employees

Social gaming company behind FarmVille is also closing offices in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles to save $80m a year Zynga, the social gaming company behind CityVille, Words With Friends and Draw Something, is laying off 580 people and closing offices in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. The gaming firm shares have fallen […]
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Five top tips for charities looking to develop their business arms

Following the news that 92% of charities want to start trading, here are some ideas for voluntary organisations to consider when embracing social enterpriseOn reading this week that 92% of charities want to start trading, my immediate response was to argue that where there may well be a high level of will, the way still […]
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Is employee ownership the future for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solutionServing tea and cake might not seem particularly pioneering but the seven staff with learning difficulties who work at the Cafe in the Park in Herrington Country Park near Sunderland are all genuine pioneers.The staff work for Sunderland Home Care […]
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Is employee ownership the answer for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solutionServing tea and cake might not seem particularly pioneering but the seven staff with learning difficulties who work at the Cafe in the Park in Herrington Country Park near Sunderland are all genuine pioneers.The staff work for Sunderland Home Care […]
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The homeless aren’t ‘negative impacts’ – they are living victims of policy | Ally Fogg

The current homelessness crisis is a consequence of poverty and austerity above all. All current solutions are inadequateHomelessness is not a problem. Homelessness is many problems woven together into a human calamity and a social catastrophe: lack of housing; lack of jobs; lack of money; lack of social support; lack of mental health care; but […]
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Muslim groups urge consultation over government plans to combat extremism

Muslim Council of Britain says immediate focus after Woolwich attack should be preventing future atrocities not muddle policiesLeading British Islamic groups have urged the government to consult Muslims over plans for combating extremism, warning that knee-jerk policies risk exacerbating the problem and damaging social cohesion.The home secretary, Theresa May, has proposed a series of measures […]
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If there’s any justice, prisoners must get the vote | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists who would deny prisoners a vote in the independence referendum are being craven and dishonestThe social responsibility contract that many leftwing unionists would like to conclude with the Scottish nationalists is as yet unwritten. Several of the details and clauses are still taking shape in our heads but, 16 months away from the independence […]
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