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Amazon Posts 100 Jobs at Vancouver Dev Hub

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Amazon has posted 100 jobs as it builds up its presence in Vancouver, one of its two development centers in Canada. (The other is in Toronto.) “Amazon Vancouver anticipates growing quickly,” says a notice on its site. Another states, “The Amazon Vancouver development team will initially focus on helping to develop tools and applications that enable all Amazon engineers to deliver the best, most scalable and efficient technologies.” So far, there are about 70 positions listed for software engineers, and… continue…

NJ’s Internet Gambling May Create IT Jobs

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Online gambling in New Jersey goes live on November 26, and a number of online wagering companies are betting that new jobs, including IT positions, are sure to crop up as a result, says the Press of Atlantic City. PokerStars, 2UP Gaming, Bwin.party, 888 Holdings and other Web companies operating gambling sites overseas are looking to enter the New Jersey market, but they will first need to get a New Jersey Internet gambling license. “All of the jobs I’m talking… continue…

Chill.com Lays Off 40 Percent of Staff

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Chill.com has laid off 40 percent of its staff after struggling to gain traction, according to Gigaom. In November, the company launched a new service allowing independent creators to sell streams and downloads of their movies, comedy recordings and other types of videos directly to consumers. The Los Angeles-based video distribution platform dropped its premium content distribution platform last week, just days after a positive profile ran in Fast Company. Co-founder Brian Norgard said the layoffs would primarily affect the… continue…

Facebook to Build Employee Housing

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Facebook plans to offer its employees access to a hip 394-unit apartment complex within walking distance to the company headquarters, complete with its own doggy daycare center and sports bar. The $120 million apartment complex will span 630,000 square feet and feature other amenities including a pool, cabana section, rooftop deck, yoga rooms, concierge service and an “iCafe,” reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The cafe, doggy daycare and sports bar will be housed in a 13,000 square foot section… continue…

3-D Imager Photon-X to Add 110 Jobs

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If you’re interested in a job in 3-D imaging used at theme parks and in healthcare, check out Photon-X. The imaging technology company is moving its headquarters to Kissimmee, Fla., from Huntsville, Ala., and plans create 110 jobs over the next three years. The company landed $770,000 in state incentives based on its job-creation plans. It also has smaller offices in Dayton, Ohio, and the Washington, D.C., area. CEO Blair Barbour cited several reasons for the move to Florida, including… continue…

Long Beach Sets Out to Build Its Own Tech Community

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The Long Beach City Council wants to partner with the local technology experts to create a commission focused on building a thriving tech economy there. The 11-member commission would be charged with coming up with new ideas, assessing proposals for investing in technological innovation and infrastructure, and advising the city on new technology. The proposed civilian Technology and Innovation Commission would have one representative for each of the nine council districts and two at-large seats. It’s seeking input from tech… continue…

Will Push for Immigration Reform Get Back on Track?

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With the federal government back in business, President Obama wants to get immigration reform back on the front burner. But House Republicans, who say the president negotiated in “bad faith” on the debt crisis, aren’t eager to go head-to-head on such a controversial issue again so soon. “There will definitely have to be a cooling off period,” Marshall Fitz, the director of immigration policy for the progressive Center for American Progress, told NBC News. Senate Democrats stressed momentum in hammering… continue…

CHE Trinity Health Cuts IT Positions in Merger

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Forty five IT workers have been handed pink slips as part of the merger between Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health and Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East. The merger in May created CHE Trinity Health, now based in Livonia, Mich. It’s one of the nation’s largest health systems with 70 hospitals in 21 states and operating revenue of more than $13.3 billion. The layoffs represent about 2.4 percent of Trinity’s 1,912 IT workers. The organization also cut 35 workers not in… continue…

Zuckerberg, Gates Take Computer Science Lessons to Schools

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Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are among the tech luminaries lining up behind Code.org, an effort to bring computer science into schools. The two are scheduled to participate in the organization’s “Hour of Code” — 60-minute programming tutorials planned for Computer Science Education Week, which starts December 9. “The Code.org vision is that every school should teach computer science and that every student should get a chance to study it or at least some basic exposure,” the organization said in… continue…

Changing Leadership at HTC, eBay’s Redesign

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. HTC Chairwomen Cher Wang has begun overseeing the smartphone maker’s marketing, sales and supplier relations, spending six days a week at the company compared with the two days she had been spending previously. While HTC claims that CEO Peter Chou invited her to become more engaged so he could focus on product development and innovation, the proximity of the news to the company’s quarterly results — which… continue…