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Is ‘Facebook for Work’ in Development?

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Having built the world’s latest social network, Facebook has focused in recent months on other technology segments. It bought Oculus VR, builder of the eponymous virtual-reality headset, as well as popular messaging platform WhatsApp. Now it’s reportedly deciding whether to enter the enterprise market. According to the Financial Times, which drew its information from anonymous sources, Facebook is developing a social network for businesses that will allow people to connect with colleagues and share documents. This “Facebook at Work” will… continue…

Seattle Offers Options to Microsoft’s Laid-Off Legions

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When Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 18,000 worldwide employees on July 17—with 1,300 cuts coming to its Seattle headquarters—you could almost see the shock waves, given most analysts had predicted a number closer to 6,000. The cuts will be completed by next July. With new-ish CEO Satya Nadella preaching a philosophy of “agility,” the company is pinning its hopes not only on the next version of Windows (which may erase the generally negative view of Windows 8) but also… continue…

Using Social Media to Get the Job You Want

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More employers than ever rely on social media to find potential candidates for open positions. Why not use some of their tips and tricks to improve your profiles and get their attention? According to Miriam Salpeter, a social media mentor, consultant and principal at Keppie Careers, the first thing to understand is how social media can benefit your job search. While building and maintaining an online presence may appear daunting, it can pay off in ways a traditional job hunt… continue…

Black IT Pros on Diversity in Tech

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While pundits and analysts debate about diversity in Silicon Valley, one thing is very clear: Black Americans make up a very small percentage of tech workers. At Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, that number is a bit less than 2 percent of their respective U.S. workforces; at Apple, it’s closer to 7 percent. According to the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, blacks hold less than 8 percent of all information technology jobs… continue…

Silicon Alley Helps NYC Dig Out of Recession Hole

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New York City’s employment has mostly recovered from its Great Recession lows, and “Silicon Alley” might deserve a major portion of the credit. The Wall Street Journal crunched the numbers from the New York State Department of Labor and found that jobs in everything from computer-systems design to technical consulting had increased by double-digit percentages since the Recession officially ended in 2009. Some of the city’s biggest tech employers, such as Google, have radically increased their staffs in the past… continue…

Where Are All the Women Execs?

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How many U.S. companies have at least one female executive on staff? According to a new report from marketing-data company Infogroup Targeting Solutions, a mere 27 percent fit that description. The one region bucking that trend is the San Francisco Bay Area, where Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Emeryville all boast higher percentages of women executives. “Silicon Valley is actually faring really well [in] comparison to the balance of the U.S.,” Andrea Haldeman, Infogroup’s senior vice president of sales, told Fortune… continue…

Facebook, Box, Pinterest Launch Women Mentorships

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Over the summer, a handful of tech giants released diversity reports that showed their respective companies weren’t diverse at all, with white males occupying the majority of positions from the engineering ranks to the C-suite. At Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, males constituted 80 percent or more of employees. After that data became public, many of these companies vowed to do better. “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard… continue…

The Weirdness of Microsoft Garage

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Back in the day, Microsoft employees had to hide their iPhones, lest senior management see them toting a competitor’s device. Nor was that the only case of Microsoft showing a corporate aversion to rival products: Former CEO Steve Ballmer refused to launch Office for the iPad, for example, for nearly four years after Apple’s bestselling tablet made its debut. But under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made some pretty big changes in how it interacts with outside platforms and… continue…

Facebook’s Plans for a Jetliner-Sized Drone

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Facebook’s made no secret of its intention to eventually launch unmanned aerial vehicles—also known as drones—into the atmosphere. Once circling the earth at an extremely high altitude, those vehicles will “beam” the Internet down to under-served countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In order to remain aloft for extended periods of time, the vehicles will rely on solar power. Although relatively lightweight, they’ll also be the size of a 747, according to Facebook Connectivity Lab Engineering Director Yael Maguire,… continue…

Things Just Got Way Harder for the Next Pebble

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Wearable electronics, long the subject of considerable hype from the tech press, now seem on the verge of entering the mainstream. Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, and other tech giants all want consumers to strap a “smart watch” to their wrist; Google continues to push Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset; and Facebook bet $2 billion that Oculus Rift, its latest acquisition, can guide the future of virtual reality. Wearable electronics becoming the Next Big Thing could present loads of opportunities to… continue…