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Google’s Buying a Lot of Valley Real Estate

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In what is described as the largest Silicon Valley office space deal of 2013, Google has leased 500,000 square feet in Mountain View, near the company’s Googleplex headquarters. Under local government rules, the new space could house up to 2,500 workers. When it comes to Silicon Valley real estate, Google is nearly as dominant as it is in search. The company already has plans for a separate 1 million square foot campus on the grounds of NASA’s Ames Research Center,… continue…

Chromebooks Could Work for Businesses: Analyst

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Research firm Forrester is arguing that Google’s Chromebooks deserve a serious look from businesses. continue…

Motorola Mobile Aside, Google’s Headcount Inches Up

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Google cut its workforce by 16.9 percent in the second quarter, with most of the bleeding coming from its Motorola Mobile operations and the sale of its Motorola Home business.  The news was better within the company’s core operations. At the end of the quarter, Google had 44,777 employees worldwide. In its second quarter earnings report, the company said the Motorola Mobile workforce was reduced by more than half. The unit ended the period with 4,599 employees, down nearly 54… continue…

Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

Determined to make Microsoft more relevant, CEO Steve Ballmer is spearheading a massive internal shakeup. continue…

Is BlackBerry Planning More Layoffs?

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BlackBerry investors weren’t the only ones disappointed Friday when the company announced weaker than expected fiscal first quarter results. During the period that ended June 1, the mobile-device maker posted a loss — $84 million on revenues of $3.1 billion. Meanwhile, employees can’t be happy about the company’s plans to “continue to implement the cost savings” it started last year. In 2012, BlackBerry announced plans to cut approximately 5,000 workers from its payroll by the end of its fiscal year… continue…

Will Apple Really Hire 7,400 People By 2016?

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Apple could hire as many as 7,400 more employees over the next three years if all goes according to plan. Between the ring-shaped Cupertino campus the company’s proposed as its new headquarters and other nearby facilities, Apple will have room to house those thousands, according to an economic study released by the company. The study says Apple will expand its headcount by nearly 50 percent between now and the complex’s 2016 completion date, which would boost its overall area workforce… continue…

Slicing and Dicing Big Data for Opportunity

Big Data has great potential to disrupt well-established vertical markets. continue…

IBM’s Watson Entering Customer Service Market

The IBM Watson Engagement Advisor will crunch data and offer answers for consumers and businesses. continue…

Windows 8 Won’t Become Business Standard: Forrester

The firm hints that the decline of the PC market, coupled with the popularity of iOS and Android, is also harming Windows 8’s corporate adoption. continue…

Windows 8 Sells 100 Million Licenses, But Faces Long Road Ahead

Windows 8 has sold 100 million licenses. That’s a solid number, but Microsoft needs it to climb much higher in months and years ahead. continue…