Don Willmott

Don Willmott reports on the Internet, technology, and consumer electronics for a wide variety of publications and Web sites. He was Yahoo! Internet Life’s Technology Editor and also spent 14 years at PC Magazine in a variety of editorial positions. Willmott is the author of the book “PC Magazine Best of the Web” (Wiley, 2004). He lives in New York City.

In Silicon Valley, Big News From Big Names

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What’s New There may have been bigger news in the Valley last quarter than the introduction of Yahoo’s new logo, but you’d never know it based on the endless sturm und drang that the freshly polished symbol generated among bloggers and tweeters. Perhaps more important was yet another Yahoo acquisition, this time of social discovery site Rockmelt for about $70 million. Social media has had a lively few months in the Valley, and not just because Twitter has finally announced… continue…

How to Hire the Next Steve Jobs

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Nolan Bushnell knows how to spot talent. Among the hires he made two years after he founded Atari in 1972 was an intense and difficult young man who wasn’t fond of bathing. His name was Steve Jobs. In fact, Bushnell was one of the very few bosses Jobs ever had, and the two were close friends for decades. In Finding the Next Steve Jobs (written with Gene Stone), Bushnell  reveals his strategies for identifying out-of-the-box thinkers who can propel a company forward… continue…

Raleigh Rolls Out a Red Carpet for Startups

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What’s New This Quarter Raleigh has enjoyed the second highest rate of migration of any metro area over the past five years, and the local tech industry has certainly played a role. Recently, Forbes ranked it third in its annual list of best places for business and careers (Des Moines was No. 1). The Research Triangle tech community is encouraging more startup activity. After first opening in Durham, American Underground, a network of startup hubs, will open another location this… continue…

Seattle Executives Optimistic About Tech Scene

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What’s New This Quarter Now that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced his upcoming resignation and penned a series of memos about the future of “One Microsoft,” pundits are speculating about what a 2014 Microsoft may look like, and not just because Nokia’s phone business is being brought into the fold. How many jobs could hang in the balance? Thousands could be at stake. (The company currently employs just under 100,000 people worldwide.) If you want to pursue a job… continue…

In Austin, .NET, Java and JavaScript Are Hot

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What’s New With both Dell and IBM still facing big changes — Michael Dell’s $25 billion buyout to take his company private finally took place in mid-September — the near future of the Austin area’s tech scene remains a bit unclear. But that hasn’t stopped Forbes from putting the city at the top of its list of best places for future job growth, citing Austin employment’s current 4 percent annual growth rate. Forbes notes that Accenture, National Instruments and Time… continue…

An Internet Pioneer Is Worried About the Future

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Jaron Lanier, the dreadlocked digital media pioneer who is sometimes referred to as “the father of virtual reality,” has been looking hard at the online world we now live in, and he doesn’t like what he sees…even though he freely admits he helped create it. In clear, engaging, and for the most part non-partisan language, he worries about a future of digital haves—the Silicon Valley elites whose super servers collect our valuable online behavior—and have nots—all of us who freely… continue…

Big Data in Our Lives: For Better and For Worse

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An engaging and thought-provoking book like Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think couldn’t be any timelier. Given the crash course on data collection and analysis the American public has gotten from our national security agencies in recent months, we need to know more, and we need to know now. Victor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier call themselves “messengers” about Big Data and not necessarily “evangelists,” but it’s hard not to get a little excited… continue…

Strong Tech Job Growth Predicted for D.C.

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What’s New This Quarter Given all the recent stories about the NSA’s efforts to collect communications data, you’d be justified in thinking you can jumpstart your technology career in the Washington metropolitan area by becoming a Big Data specialist. After all, someone has to sort through the 6.1 trillion text messages the world generates every year. The truth isn’t so simple. A recent Meritalk survey found that none of the 17 government agencies it looked at have successfully embraced Big… continue…

In Silicon Valley, More Deals and More Jobs

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What’s New This Quarter Silicon Valley is a candidate’s market right now, says Monique Fierros, a San Jose-based Technical Recruiter for Randstad Technologies. “There is a lot of movement, and almost everyone I talk to on a daily basis has multiple opportunities in the works and can end up receiving multiple offers throughout the hiring process,” she says. “Hiring managers have to move quickly before the candidates are no longer on the market.” There’s certainly a lot going on. In perhaps… continue…

In Seattle, It’s All About Software Development

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What’s New This Quarter T.J. Doton, Managing Director of recruiting firm Randstad Technologies in Seattle/Bellevue, has some good news: Overall unemployment in the region has hit its lowest level since August 2008 — 4.7 percent, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Since IT has traditionally trended at nearly half of the overall rate, the tech sector is effectively at full employment. Some companies to watch: Local employment leader Amazon, which has won a $600 million contract from the… continue…