Fremont, Calif.

Netflix’s rollout of machines that automatically process hundreds of thousands of DVD mailers has resulted in layoffs of more than 250 part-time employees at distribution centers in Santa Ana and Fremont, Calif. Spokesperson Steve Swasey confirmed the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer is letting go about 125 workers in Santa Ana — its largest distribution center handling more than 200,000 disc mailers a day. The Fremont (near San Jose) location will lose about 160 positions. Netflix last year announced it would begin installing customized processing machines in an effort to more efficiently handle burgeoning subscriber growth —

Control4 last week announced the dates for its fifth annual In Control Tour. Sponsored by Card Access, Inc. and Hughes Satellite, the tour will visit 13 cities, between May and August.

Rise Expected in Shoplifting For Holidays
Retailers nationwide are expecting a rise in shoplifting this holiday season over past years, due mostly to the weak economy. According to numbers released by security company ADT Security Services, a rise in demand for theft and stores cutting back on security personnel have combined to make a rise from last year's nationwide total of $12 billion in losses likely.

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