The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

VMware no­ti­fied the state la­bor depart­ment that it laid off 86 peo­ple in Broom­field and Colorado Springs this week as part of a com­pa­ny­wide re­duc­tion of 800 work­ers.

The net­work vir­tu­al­iza­tion com­pany said it would cut 38 po­si­tions in Broom­field and 48 in Colorado Springs as of Jan. 26, ac­cord­ing to the fed­er­alWorker Ad­just­ment and Re­train­ing No­ti­fi­ca­tion Act.

Af­fected work­ers will leave by March 28.

VMware, whose par­ent, EMC Corp., is be­ing ac­quired by Dell Inc. for $ 67 bil­lion, an­nounced the job cuts Tues­day.

Cater­pil­lar clos­ing five plants. Cater­pil­lar says it

plans to close five plants, caus­ing a net re­duc­tion of about 670 jobs in Illinois and sev­eral other states, as part of a broader cost­cut­ting cam­paign an­nounced last year.

Face­book cracks down on firearms sales B

san fran­cisco » Face­book said Fri­day it is crack­ing down on on­line gun sales, with a new pol­icy that bars pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als from ad­ver­tis­ing or sell­ing firearms.

Li­censed gun re­tail­ers can still ad­ver­tise their busi­nesses on Face­book but aren’t al­lowed to ac­cept or­ders or trans­act sales.

Xerox split­ting in two.

Xerox Corp. is split­ting off a ser­vices busi­ness it ac­quired a lit­tle more than five years ago.

By year- end, Xerox said Fri­day, it will sep­a­rate into two pub­licly traded en­ti­ties: an $ 11 bil­lion doc­u­ment tech­nol­ogy com­pany and a $ 7 bil­lion provider of ser­vices to govern­ment and in­dus­tries such as health care and trans­porta­tion.

Wal­mart worker awarded $ 31 mil­lion B

con­cord, n. h. » A jury has awarded more than $ 31 mil­lion dam­ages to a for­merWal­mart phar­ma­cist in­NewHamp­shire.

Mau­reenMcPad­den­was a 13- year em­ploy­ee­who re­ported to man­age­ment her safety con­cerns about co- work­ers dis­pens­ing pre­scrip­tion­swhile­work­ing in­Wal­mart’s Seabrook phar­macy.

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