There are layoffs every couple of months. Some of them small enough that you won't read about them here. Most of the time, managers / directors are asked by corporate ahead of time if they want to participate in the layoffs and get rid of a couple of people. Sometimes, the corporate offices demand a certain number of employees (typically by division.)
Exactly what @Tl7ZBXI-cpj said. People really need to open their eyes and pay attention to what's going on around them all the time, not just when bigger layoffs rounds hit Nuance. layoffs are nothing new here. The best thing anybody can do is make sure to have a backup option at all times. I know I do.