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These Are the Traits Amazon Likes in Tech Hires

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IT job seekers complain of the hoops they have to jump through to work at Google or Microsoft. Amazon’s not much different, though it does have its own unique set of hoops. To be a manager at the online retail giant, a person must have a certain personality profile, or at least be willing to adapt, transform and become an Amazonian, says George Packer in the New Yorker. And, according to a former Amazon employee he quotes, prospective managers need… continue…

Is the Nook Doomed?

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Barnes & Noble has reportedly laid off a number of the e-reader’s hardware engineers. continue…

Renault Offers New Use for Drones: Traffic Monitoring

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Renault’s concept car features a “flying companion” that can scan the road ahead for obstacles and traffic. continue…

Amazon’s Double Helix Acquisition Hints at Gaming Console

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With Nintendo flagging, there’s room in the console ecosystem for a new, lower-priced competitor. continue…

Amazon’s Closed Approach to Open Source Costs It Talent

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Amazon’s unwillingness to contribute to the open source projects it relies on is costing it potential talent as some tech professionals avoid the company, says the Register. Insiders describe Amazon as a “black hole” where improvements and fixes for open-source software are kept close to the vest, a policy that comes “right from the top.” Amazon contributes far less software code and research papers to open source projects than either Microsoft or Google, its main rivals. The secrecy goes so… continue…

Amazon Posted More Than 16,000 Jobs Last Year

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Amazon posted more ads for IT jobs — 16,146 in all — than anyone during 2013, according to CompTIA’s annual IT Industry Outlook report. The report’s based on numbers from Burning Glass Technologies in Boston, which analyzes online job postings from approximately 32,000 jobs sites. It eliminates duplicates, then runs analytics to mine the particular skills employers are seeking. Rounding out the top 10 were: Accenture, 14,240 job ads Deloitte, 13,077 Microsoft, 12,435 Best Buy, 10,725 IBM, 10,221 General Dynamics,… continue…

Amazon Claims No Pay-TV Service in the Works

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But The Wall Street Journal reports negotiations between retailers and entertainment companies are underway. continue…

Amazon Slashes AWS Prices, Adds Instances in Competitive Bid

Although AWS remains a gorilla in the IaaS space, it faces rising competition on a number of fronts. continue…

In Seattle, Demand for Tech Workers is Insatiable

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What’s New This Quarter Here’s an amazing stat: Amazon recently hired 12,800 employees bringing its headcount up to 109,800, compared with 81,400 a year ago. That means the company employs more people worldwide than Microsoft does and on any given day has thousands of additional job opportunities listed. (It’s not easy to get in the door, though. Applicants at Amazon’s Lab126 in Cupertino, Calif., which currently has more than 150 positions available, report eight-hour job interviews in front of nine different… continue…

Online Holiday Shopping Spiked, Delaying Some Packages

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This latest holiday period was the best and worst of times for e-commerce. continue…