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How Dropbox and Facebook Approach Hiring

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Landing the right talent is tough even for industry brand names like Dropbox and Facebook — so much so that these companies are using a technique called “searchlight meetings” to source employee referrals, reports Business Insider. The technique goes beyond an email cattle call. Rather than encouraging employees to offer up referrals and even offer up a finder’s fee, searchlight meetings bring together employees to exchange ideas on potential hires who are worth referring to the company. YesGraph, an employee… continue…

How Facebook Ships Code Twice a Day

Posted In Living in Tech
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If you think of open source and don’t think of Facebook, you probably should. The social network has quietly been enhancing open source technologies, including PHP and Mercurial source control. “Facebook’s main source repository is enormous — many times larger than even the Linux kernel, which checked in at 17 million lines of code and 44,000 files in 2013,” wrote Durham Goode and Siddharth Agarwal in a Facebook blog. “Given our size and complexity, and Facebook’s practice of shipping code… continue…

How to Opt Out of Google’s New Gmail/G+ Integration

Posted In Cloud
The mass integration of Google+ contacts into Gmail could raise some privacy concerns. continue…

Facebook Accused of Scanning Private Messages

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A new lawsuit alleges that Facebook mines users’ private messages for data it sells to advertisers and other third parties. continue…

Five Snapchat Alternatives

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For those who no longer trust Snapchat after this latest data breach, alternatives exist. continue…

The Biggest Tech Whiffs of 2013

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From Healthcare.gov to BlackBerry 10, some high-profile tech initiatives really crashed and burned. continue…

Oracle Acquires Yet Another Cloud Firm

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Responsys builds cloud-based marketing software for enterprises. continue…

Facebook’s New Video Ads Pose a Risk

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Social-network users don’t like obtrusive ads. It’s an open question how they’ll react to Facebook’s upcoming video-advertisement “test.” continue…

You Won’t Believe How Upworthy Became the Most Cynical Site on the Web

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But what happens next might damage its business model for good. continue…

Instagram Direct Isn’t “Revolutionary”

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But a new messaging feature could allow Facebook to stay abreast of Snapchat and other competing services. continue…