Susan Hall

Susan Hall is an accomplished writer and editor living in Louisville, Ky., where they like horses – a lot. Susan boasts some affection for horses, but more for dogs. She has written on a broad range topics from Olympic marathoners to the use of Twitter in the corporate jungle. Born of the print era, she worked at metro dailies such as The Dallas Times Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times and USA Today. The latter two even still exist. She fled the ink domain and became a member of the MSNBC.com launch team. From there it’s been a giddy ride of project management, research, interviewing, writing and editing in the IT realm. When not working, she and her Cocker Spaniel, Charlie, compete in AKC agility events.

IBM Begins Layoffs in the U.S.

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IBM began a new round of domestic layoffs on Thursday, with its $1 billion “workforce rebalancing” effort expected to slash as many as 13,000 jobs worldwide. Cuts are expected to come in New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont. The union Alliance@IBM also reports 3,300 layoffs abroad, including in Brazil, Argentina, France, and Italy. A source told CNET that the cuts include 25 percent of its hardware division — the Systems and Technology group. Big Blue is… continue…

CSC to Create 800 Jobs in Louisiana

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Computer services company Computer Sciences Corporation will bring 800 jobs to Bossier City, La., where it plans to build a 116,000-square-foot Integrated Technology Center. Hiring is expected to start immediately for positions focused on cloud computing, cybersecurity and software development. CSC offers IT services, including cloud solutions, cybersecurity and technology consulting. The company said it will make dedicated efforts to hire veterans. CSC will move into a 40,000-square-foot temporary space at the National Cyber Research Park until its new facility… continue…

Authentication’s New Methods Spotlight Need for More Training

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IT security professionals may want to brace for more training and skills development on emerging forms of authentication following Google’s acquisition of Israeli startup SlickLogin and moves by organizations like the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO). Companies are seeking ways to keep their customers and employees secure online beyond reusable passwords, as cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated and attacks more massive in scope, as evidenced by the recent Target security breach. Earlier this week, Google acquired SlickLogin, which uses a unique,… continue…

Bioshock Creator to Close, Some Employees to Join Take-Two

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Bioshock creator Irrational Games is winding down as co-founder Ken Levine starts a new venture at publisher Take-Two Interactive. The Quincy, Mass.-based company, which had 200 employees less than two years ago, will be sliced down to 15, Joystiq reports without specifying the number to be cut. Going forward, plans are “to make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable. To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered… continue…

Staples Hiring Spree Targets Hundreds of Engineers

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Office products retailer Staples has been on a hiring spree to support its big bet on e-commerce. The company has been adding “hundreds of engineers, including many from Web-only retailers who can help the retailer to bridge gaps in creating and managing technology across stores and digital,” according to Internet Retailer. While rolling out faster, sleeker and more personalized mobile sites, the company’s also looking to “omnichannel” technology that promotes in-store shopping. In September, Staples announced plans for its Seattle… continue…

HTML5 Development Is on the Upswing

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Is it surprising that developers say they love the latest version of HMTL5? That’s what seems to be happening. According to a survey from Sencha, a provider of open source Web application frameworks, enthusiasm is only growing for HTML5 while support wanes for the classic Microsoft Windows platform. The company polled more than 2,100 business applications developers during December and January. Among its findings: More than 60 percent of developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development for their key… continue…

‘Exploding’ Job Offers Fail to Draw Candidates

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At a time when more IT professionals are confident about their place in the job market, some employers are trying to nail down candidates with aggressive offers – aggressive as in “make your decision right now.” “This is kind of anecdotal – you hear stories about companies like Google and Amazon making just ridiculously high offers and having them expire really rapidly,” says Ben Hicks, a partner in the Software Technology Search division of Boston recruiting firm WinterWyman. “I’ve heard… continue…

With More IBM Layoffs Due, Vermont Seeks Better Notice

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While IBM employees brace themselves for yet another round of layoffs, Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan is calling for better notice and more authority over such “workplace actions.” Big Blue has been downsizing its workforce in North America for years, though it usually doesn’t announce specific numbers and couches it in terms of its expected cost savings. IBM’s union, Alliance@IBM, is expecting roughly 15,000 workers to be cut at Big Blue’s manufacturing plants in Vermont and New York around Feb.… continue…

Sony Selling PC Unit and Cutting 5,000 Workers

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Sony is selling its PC business to Tokyo-based investment fund Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) and plans to lay off 5,000 workers by the end of fiscal year 2014, marking the latest PC maker to rethink its strategy after 2013 returned the worst-ever sales for the PC market. Sony is saying goodbye to its Vaio line, which could largely disappear in markets outside Japan, according to PC World. The Japanese electronics maker plans to focus on smartphones and tablets instead. The… continue…

Dell Job Cuts Could Hit More than 15,000

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Dell reportedly plans to shed more than 15,000 jobs as the now-private company restructures in light of the fading PC market. One insider told The Register: “It’s going to be a bloodbath.” Dice News previously reported that as many as 9,000 Dell employees could get the boot, including 20 percent of its U.S. marketing and sales force. The Reg, however, says all departments will be hit with layoffs, including engineering. The Round Rock, Texas-based company has not confirmed the layoff… continue…