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How Google Fiber Fighting AT&T Could Boost Your Business

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AT&T plans on introducing high-speed fiber Internet to 100 cities in 21 metropolitan regions across the United States, although those regions have yet to be decided. “We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” Lori Lee, senior executive vice president of AT&T Home Solutions, wrote in a statement. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the… continue…

How the Push of Activist Investors Pressures Tech Jobs

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Recent layoffs at Juniper Networks — the company is cutting 6 percent of its workforce — is symptomatic of a growing battle between Wall Street financiers and Silicon Valley tech companies. As more hedge funds, private equity firms and activist investors put their money into the technology space, they’re demanding better financial returns, even from healthy companies. And that often puts technology workers at risk. Hedge funds and private equity firms in particular have reputations as short-term thinkers, ready to… continue…

What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Could Do Next

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When Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its new CEO in February, analysts and pundits immediately began to debate over what sort of leader he’ll turn out to be, and whether he’ll attempt to radically remake the company in his own image. Some answers to those questions are expected to emerge this week, when Nadella makes his public debut at a March 27 event in San Francisco. He’ll likely follow that up with an equally high-profile appearance at Microsoft’s BUILD conference… continue…

Is ‘Big Tech’ On the Way Out?

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Are big tech companies on the decline? In a post on Re/code, venture capitalist Matt McIlwain argues that they are. Though I don’t think the evidence he cites is either new or compelling, tech workers should still be aware. “IBM just reported its seventh straight quarter of declining sales, and I believe that the value of big cap technology companies as a group will substantially decline in the coming years,” McIlwain wrote. He says the changes in enterprise technology markets… continue…

Why Business Analysts Should Value Business Models

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As a business analyst, have you ever come across a project where you had to collect requirements and help design a solution for a business group, but every time you talked to someone, you seemed to get different, often conflicting, explanations of how the business works? Most experienced Business Analysts have faced this at one time or another. Many end users only know a narrow slice or view of the business in their areas. Rarely do they understand the whole,… continue…

Can Chen Make a Miracle at BlackBerry?

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If a turnaround is possible at BlackBerry, John Chen, former CEO of enterprise mobility firm Sybase, is being touted as the man who can lead it. Indeed, he’s being called the type of leader the troubled smartphone vendor should have tapped when co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down in late 2011. On Monday, the company said a buyout by a consortium led by hedge fund Fairfax Financial Holdings isn’t happening. Instead, Fairfax is helping put together a $1… continue…

Furloughs Ease as Defense Recalls Civilian Workers

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Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors have begun scaling back or cancelling their plans to furlough employees after the Department of Defense brought a large number of its civilian employees back to work. Over the weekend Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was recalling most of the department’s civilians who’d been placed on emergency furloughs. The recalls are to begin this week for workers who contribute to the “morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.” The Pentagon is recalling… continue…

Shutdown Forces Lockheed to Furlough 3,000 Monday

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Lockheed Martin has identified 3,000 employees who will be furloughed beginning Monday as a result of the federal government shutdown, according to an internal memo from CEO Marillyn Hewson. In addition to the furloughed employees, Lockheed is planning to lay off workers who were assigned to projects where a contract has ended and its follow-up agreements cancelled due to the shutdown, a Lockheed source, who requested anonymity,  told Dice News. No figures were immediately available on the number of possible… continue…

Why I Stopped Playing Candy Crush Saga

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Ramin Shokrizade’s article in GamaSutra on the top F2P monetization tricks was the reason I quit King’s Candy Crush Saga in July after playing it nearly every day since January. I’d got up to about level 133, not even half way through the 300+ levels the game offers, but had struggled a lot on some of the ones I’d recently hit. I’m not quite the target demographic (80 percent of Candy Crush Saga players are women) but I’ve always enjoyed… continue…

Twitter Begins Awarding Stock Options

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Twitter reportedly began handing out stock options to key employees over the past two weeks, a maneuver likely designed to keep them in place. According to AllThingsD, Twitter began awarding the grants not only to executives, but also valued individual contributors. With its IPO intentions filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, employees who have been with the seven-year-old company for more than four years are the most likely to bolt after it goes public and its lock-up period expires,… continue…