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Why It’s So Hard to Get Promoted at Amazon

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Getting a promotion at Amazon isn’t easy. Indeed, some say the process is brutal. And moving up may have more do to with your boss’s ability to present your case than how well you actually perform your job. According to a new book that describes life inside the online retail giant, promotion at Amazon requires having a boss willing to go to bat for you against his or her peers. Your boss also can’t have been recently promoted. And it… continue…

“The Everything Store”: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon

A new book that details the online retailer and its mercurial founder. continue…

Amazon Posts 100 Jobs at Vancouver Dev Hub

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Amazon has posted 100 jobs as it builds up its presence in Vancouver, one of its two development centers in Canada. (The other is in Toronto.) “Amazon Vancouver anticipates growing quickly,” says a notice on its site. Another states, “The Amazon Vancouver development team will initially focus on helping to develop tools and applications that enable all Amazon engineers to deliver the best, most scalable and efficient technologies.” So far, there are about 70 positions listed for software engineers, and… continue…

Amazon Wins Next Round in CIA Cloud Battle

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Amazon and IBM are at each other’s throats over a lucrative contract for a CIA private cloud. continue…

E-Books: The Next Big Analytics Battleground?

The popularity of e-books has led to the rise of at least one analytics tool for measuring their success. continue…

Amazon, Microsoft Cloud Services Could Suffer from Shutdown

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Microsoft, Amazon and other Seattle-based companies that offer cloud services may take a hit if the federal government shutdown lingers. With hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough, the need for cloud solutions may prove to be less-than-critical. Typically, the government, as well as private sector customers, pay for cloud services on a monthly basis or with an annual subscription. If those customers terminate their agreements early, providers lose expected revenue, even though they’ll often collect a penalty fee.… continue…

Amazon Developing Two Smartphones: Report

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Amazon is supposedly hard at work on two smartphones: one a “budget” edition, the other tricked out with all sorts of features. continue…

Kindle Fire HDX Offers Clues to Amazon’s Tablet Evolution

Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices could be evolving from vending machines for streaming content to full-fledged tablets. continue…

How to Land a Job at Amazon.com

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Despite a recession that kicked off in late 2007 and lingered for a couple years, Amazon.com’s workforce has grown more than four fold since those dark, dark days. The Seattle-based Fortune 500 company, which began in July 1995, today has approximately 97,000 employees worldwide, many of whom are in technical roles. And the company is far from reining in its hiring. It currently has hundreds of job openings available in the U.S. from data engineers to hardware developers to software… continue…

The Windows Flaw That Cracks Amazon Web Services

Some code tinkering allows you to copy data from Amazon Web Services (or another hosting provider) without the data’s owner realizing what’s going on. continue…