Dawn Kawamoto

Dawn Kawamoto is the associate editor of Dice. She is an award-winning technology and business reporter, previously working for such publications as CNET's News.com where she reported on a wide range of sectors from enterprise software to mobile computing to Internet darlings and the funding that fueled their growth. In 2002, she was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for coverage on Oracle's sales practices.

Brisk Departures for Telecom CEOs

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Microsoft developers may have been relieved after CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement earlier this year. And Acer America’s staff may have felt somewhat satisfied after CEO J.T. Wang announced his resignation in November, given their lack of faith in him. And BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins, well, he was bound to go at some point. But these tech CEOs weren’t the only ones who headed out the door in 2013. In fact, a total of 180 heads of U.S. tech… continue…

The Top 10 Technology Trends for 2014

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The growth of Infrastructure as a Service will be one of the top technology trends during 2014, according to three major research firms — Gartner, IDC and Forrester Research. IDC expects data centers to turn into specialized cloud infrastructure services that focus on certain workloads as part of the Cloud Services trend, while Gartner envisions a rise in Hybrid Cloud and IaaS brokers as personal clouds merge with external private clouds. Forrester, meanwhile, foresees a generic IaaS for public, private… continue…

Why Elop Could Still Be Microsoft’s Next CEO

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It won’t come as a surprise that Microsoft engineers are keenly interested in who’ll be the company’s next CEO. So when board member and search committee member John Thompson said that he expects the job will be filled early next year, it created quite a stir. It shouldn’t have. Microsoft’s $7.5 billion buyout deal of Nokia’s devices and services business isn’t expected to close until the first quarter. If you believe the speculation that Microsoft will name the device-maker’s former… continue…

Cadence Design Systems to Layoff in January

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Cadence Design Systems is gearing up to cut 60 workers from its San Jose, Calif., headquarters next month, as the design automation tools maker anticipates ending 2013 with smaller than expected profits. The layoffs are planned for Jan. 4, according to the company’s notice to the State of California. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of the 5,200 workers the company employed worldwide at the close of 2012. While Cadence is expected to generate revenue of $1.45 billion for 2013… continue…

The Top 10 Tech Skills of 2014

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Tech hiring in 2014 is expected to show modest consistent growth, with 16 percent of U.S. CIOs planning to expand their teams during the first half, an increase of 5 percentage points from this year’s second half. Among the top skills they’ll be looking for are some time-tested technologies that are widely used. “The technologies that are in the highest demand are the ones that have a broad user base. There are a lot of hot technologies like MongoDB that… continue…

North Carolina IT Hiring Continues to Dip

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Technology hiring in North Carolina fell for the fifth consecutive month in November, according to the North Carolina Technology Association’s jobs report. That’s a contrast to last year, when some of the state’s IT growth areas like Raleigh were booming. In November, the state posted only 3,230 IT job openings, a 2.7 percent slip from October and a 26.4 percent drop from the June high of 4,390, according to the NCTA. “Over the past two years, employers have demonstrated a… continue…

Hour of Code Attracts 16 Million Students

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Seven days, 16.4 million students and 539,213,554 lines of code. That’s the end result of the Hour of Code organized as part of last week’s Computer Science Education Week. The staggering participation rate far surpassed the expectations of the organizers and Code.org founders, brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi. In an interview with Dice News before the week, Hadi Partovi said: “10 million students is an aspirational, audacious goal, and it’s a worldwide goal.” In an AllThingsD interview, Hadi Partovi said… continue…

How to Get a Job at Coursera

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Coursera, fresh on landing $43 million in funding, will double the size of its workforce to approximately 100 people, all of whom will work at its Mountain View headquarters. About half of the new positions will be in engineering and technology, says Sangeeta Narayan, the company’s head of talent recruiting. More specifically, the jobs will include infrastructure and DevOps to help with site reliability and its ability to scale. Back-end engineers with skills in Java and C++ will be among… continue…

Best Places to Work: Twitter’s Culture Rules

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It’s been a good couple of months for Twitter. It’s gone public, finally added a woman to its board of directors and now has been named the No. 1 tech company to work at in Glassdoor’s annual survey of the 50 best places to work. Twitter not only grabbed the top spot on the tech list – displacing Facebook — but it did so during the first year it made it onto the list at all, points out Scott Dobroski,… continue…

CIOs Up Hiring in Silicon Valley, San Francisco

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IT hiring is expected to heat up during the first half of 2014 in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, according to a Robert Half Technology survey of the area’s CIOs. That’s good news that comes after two surveys from other organizations that described lackluster IT hiring nationally in November. Bay Area CIOs are feeling more bullish about hiring than they were when questioned about the first half of 2013. Among other things, RHT found that: 20 percent of survey respondents… continue…