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Massachusetts Considering a Tax on the Cloud

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The proposed levy would level a sales tax on a wide range of cloud-based services. Will that drive companies out of the state? continue…

Hack/Reduce: Boston Needs Big Data Hackers

Nonprofit hack/reduce is recruiting Big Data “resident hackers” and other contributors for the Boston area. continue…

5 Cities Where Big Data Is Driving Demand for Business Intelligence

Big Data jobs focus on collecting, analyzing and interpreting data to help a business further its goals. As the sector grows, business intelligence has never been a bigger deal. So where are the jobs? Not exactly where you might think. IT staffing firm Modis has identified five cities where big data is driving job growth: San Francisco: It’s home to large companies in the retail, insurance, healthcare and e-commerce sectors, all of which rely on an aggressive use of data.… continue…

CFOs Expect Growth in Tech Spending, Hiring

CFOs plan to keep a tight grip on the purse strings over the next year, but they’ll keep spending on technology. In the latest Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook survey, the 400 respondents expected tech spending to rise an average 8 percent in the next 12 months, up from 6 percent last quarter. And tech hiring was expected to grow 5 percent, compared with growth of 2.5 percent in jobs overall. That dovetails with a Dice survey, in which… continue…

Intel/MIT Effort Showcases Massachusetts’ Commitment to Big Data

Massachusetts wants to “own” Big Data, and it helps that Intel has decided that the latest of its Science and Technology Centers, this one devoted to Big Data, should be located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has announced an  initiative called bigdata@CSAIL that will drive multi-disciplinary research through algorithms, architecture and data management, among other things. The idea is to tackle Big Data problems too big for current technology. MIT beat out… continue…

10 Booming Markets for Your IT Job Search

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North Carolina’s universities produce more than just top-notch basketball. The three biggest Triangle-area universities produced more than $31 million last year from bringing  new technologies and discoveries to market, further fueling the tech job market in Raleigh. Logging 50 percent growth in jobs posted in the past year, Raleigh topped Dice’s most recent Top 10 list of the fastest-growing cities for technology jobs.  It’s home to open source vendor Red Hat and more than 50 companies working on technologies to… continue…

Four Promising Areas Where You Can Look For a Job

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The number of tech jobs is growing in areas besides places like California’s Bay Area, New York and Seattle. A new report from Dice found increasing opportunities in places like Raleigh, Missouri, and other parts of California. The highlights: Raleigh is the fastest growing city for tech jobs. More than 1,100 positions there are listed on Dice each day, the report says. That represents 50 percent year on year growth. In Sacramento, Calif., healthcare and technology companies are hiring. Salaries… continue…

Amazon Plans To Open Boston Office In February

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Amazon’s hurrying to set up an office near Boston that could be home to up to 150 people, many of them software engineers. The company’s zeroing in on the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, quietly seeking 40,000 square feet. Amazon seems to be on the fast-track to set up in Cambridge; while the target date for opening is February 1st, members of Amazon’s engineering team will be in town the week of January 23rd to conduct interviews. On the software… continue…

Boston: Fond Words for Steve Jobs, More Hub Firms Seek Funding

Hub Tech Leaders Acknowledge Steve Jobs’ Genius: The sad, though not totally unexpected, news of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple has brought forth memories and plaudits from every corner of the technology industry. In Boston, 3Com founder and Polaris Venture Partners general partner Bob Metcalfe said, “Steve Jobs is on my ‘eternal heroes’ list. He did what he set out to do: create insanely great products. And he did it his way.” High-tech entrepreneur and angel investor John… continue…

Boston: Startup Action Slowing, But Still Strong

Startup Investing Slips in July: The number of Massachusetts startup deals slowed in July from their torrid pace earlier in the year. Last month, 34 startups got $250.5 million in capital, down from $564.7 million across 38 financings in June, according to Funding Flash. However, July’s startups raised almost twice as much this year as they did last July, when the total was $131 million in 26 deals. Xconomy How to Keep Tech Talent in Town: Every year, Massachusetts hosts… continue…