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SpaceX, Tech Giants Perk Up Seattle Employment

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What’s New This Quarter Among the more interesting visitors to Seattle in recent months was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who showed up in January to outline a space-related business that he wants to build in the area. “SpaceX Seattle” plans to launch 4,000 geosynchronous satellites, a network in space that could deliver high-speed Internet access anywhere on Earth. The satellites will be designed by software and aerospace engineers in SpaceX’s new engineering office in Redmond. Bloomberg reports that SpaceX could… continue…

Amazon Launches Machine-Learning Platform

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Ever wanted a machine-learning platform capable of making predictions based on your in-house data? Even if the thought never actually crossed your mind, you can’t deny that the concept has a certain appeal: Who wouldn’t want a system capable of offering up solid advice, based on everything your business has done? Amazon, which has evidently never met some aspect of storage and analytics it didn’t want to try and sell for cheap to businesses all over the world, has just… continue…

Amazon’s Echo: Trojan Horse for Internet of Things

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Amazon wants to compete in the burgeoning Internet of Things industry, and the device that will allow it to do so is already on the market. Amazon launched Echo in November 2014. At the time, the black cylinder was marketed as a combination stereo and digital assistant, capable of answering spoken queries (“What’s the weather outside?”) and blasting music. Pundits at the time assumed that Echo was meant to compete against Google Now and Apple’s Siri, digital assistants primarily available… continue…

Amazon’s Dash Button: Small Device, Big Plans

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his company to integrate with customers’ lives in as seamless a way as possible. Its various innovations—one-click ordering, its Prime free-shipping program, and so on—are all designed to radically reduce the amount of time associated with finding and ordering products. But just how streamlined can they actually make that process? Pretty streamlined, as it turns out—so long as you’re willing to sprinkle your whole house with branded doodads wirelessly connected to Amazon.com. If you’re running… continue…

In Boston, Cloud and Apps Fuel a Hiring Binge

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What’s New This Quarter Well, here’s an interesting problem: Massachusetts has too many tech jobs and not enough tech pros to fill them. According to a March report from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, there are 17 open tech-related jobs for every qualified recent graduate. From 2010 to 2013, Massachusetts technology companies created about 17,650 new jobs, leading to a statewide total of 214,650 technology jobs (up from 197,000 five years ago). Employment in the state’s information sector has surged… continue…

Amazon: FAA Slowing Drone Development

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Amazon might be a few steps closer to filling the skies overhead with delivery drones, but it couldn’t resist taking a few swipes at the FAA’s slowness in approving the machines for commercial use. Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, told a Senate subcommittee this week that other countries’ regulatory agencies move much faster in approving drones for testing, placing the U.S. at risk of falling behind in this technology segment. Check out the latest UAV jobs.… continue…

See How Google, ‘Minecraft,’ Others Got Their Start

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Everybody had to start somewhere—even tech luminaries whose websites and platforms have radically altered how we live and work. Carlcheo.com dug up some early postings by Google CEO Larry Page, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Linux creator Linus Torvalds, all asking for help on their respective projects. Those tiny undertakings eventually snowballed into gargantuan efforts, something that none of the three could have predicted at the time. (The possible exception is Bezos, who refers to his nascent startup as having… continue…

Google’s Latest Shot in the Online Storage Wars

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Google believes that no company can afford to destroy any of its data. And while the price of storage has crumbled in recent years, companies can still find it expensive to retain massive amounts of data over the long term, especially when you throw in the costs and infrastructure associated with analyzing it. In its bid to compete with Amazon, which offers archival storage in the cloud via its “Glacier” service, Google has introduced Cloud Storage Nearline, a long-term storage… continue…

Amazon’s Lunatic Idea for 3-D Printing’s Future

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While 3-D printers haven’t yet hit the mainstream, innovators and entrepreneurs are busy experimenting with potential uses for the technology, from building airline engines to creating food. But few of those concepts are as weird—or potentially as brilliant, depending on your point of view—as the one proposed by Amazon in a recent series of patent applications. According to the Wall Street Journal, which dug those patents up, the company is thinking about placing 3-D printers inside trucks. When a customer… continue…

FAA’s Rules Could Harm Drone Businesses

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Any company betting on long-distance commerce via drones better rethink their strategy: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued draft rules that forbid commercial drones from flying out of view of their operators. That ruling could ding Amazon, Google and other tech giants that are developing autonomous drones capable of delivering small loads over long distances. Amazon is reportedly “dismayed” by the ruling, according to The Guardian. “The FAA needs to begin and expeditiously complete the formal process to address… continue…