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Andy Rubin Building Robots for Google, Because Why Not

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The biggest question is how Google will ultimately use robotics to improve its bottom line. continue…

Google Compute Engine Squares Off Against AWS

Google’s IaaS offering faces a tough road if it wants to fight toe-to-toe against Amazon Web Services. continue…

Amazon Drones Could Face Some Grief from FAA

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Amazon will need to answer questions about everything from privacy to physical safety if it wants its delivery-drone program to fly. continue…

Amazon Getting into Real-Time Data with Kinesis

Can the online retailer compete against the streaming-data platforms already on the market? continue…

Apple Soft-Launches the Retina iPad Mini

Supply-chain issues may have led Apple to quietly release the new iPad Mini online in the middle of the night. continue…

IBM Facing a Tough Battle for Federal Contracts

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Despite FedRAMP approval and other big-ticket initiatives, IBM faces a fiercer fight for federal IT contracts. continue…

Amazon’s Seeking Engineers for Super-Secure CIA Cloud

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Having trumped IBM for a $600 million cloud contract with the Central Intelligence Agency, Amazon Web Services is hiring the hundreds of engineers and other professionals necessary to bring the spooks’ new super-secure cloud to life. The company is reportedly hiring 500 employees at AWS’s recently opened Herndon, Va., facility, located not far from CIA headquarters in Langley. Included in many of the descriptions posted on Amazon’s jobs site is a qualification already familiar to those the company expects to… continue…

Amazon Web Services Upgrades to Hadoop 2.2.0

The updates also include new versions of Hive, Pig, HBase and Mahout. continue…

The Big Moat: How Amazon, Netflix and Google Stay Giants

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It’s hard to overcome a giant corporation that’s already spent millions building an effective backend infrastructure, including custom data-analytics tools. continue…

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…