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Chicago’s Wargaming West Plans to Hire 60 to 70

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Wargaming West wants to add to its Chicago headcount as the company brings its World of Tanks game from the PC to the Xbox, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The Xbox 360 version is in beta now, but the company is looking for additional people to continue development and support. During the next year, the online game developer plans to add 60 to 70 people to the staff of about 95 already working in Chicago. According to the report, the… continue…

Software, Data Skills Key to Higher Pay

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Though few are on par with Twitter’s $10 million engineer, pay is on the upswing for IT occupations, according to a new Robert Half Technology salary survey. The report suggests that while salaries will rise an average of 3.7 percent in 2014 across accounting/finance, technology, legal, creative and administrative jobs, the positions with the highest pay jumps will be engineering, software development and programming. For instance, mobile applications developers and software developers will see increases of nearly 8 percent. The… continue…

Food Lion Parent Outsourcing Some Tech Jobs to IBM

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Supermarket chain Food Lion’s parent company, Delhaize America, is outsourcing its data center operations to IBM, according to the Salisbury Post. A spokesperson for the company said that a total of 58 Delhaize employees will be affected — half in its Salisbury, North Carolina, headquarters and half in Scarborough, Maine. An internal memo said Delhaize is also considering outsourcing its network services, help desk, and desktop support functions by the end of 2013, but the company has not yet finalized… continue…

Asurion to Add 800 Jobs in Nashville

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Nashville, Tenn.-based cell phone insurer Asurion plans to add 800 support technician positions in an expanded headquarters due to open in early 2014. The company has posted dozens of IT positions including scrum master, UI development team lead (.NET) and software security architect. Asurion bills itself as “a single, knowledgeable resource for technical assistance, regardless of device or operating system.” Asurion does not sell insurance directly, but works with phone carriers, covering loss, theft, accidental damage and malfunction. Those whose… continue…

Transmedia Uses Tech to Change Storytelling

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Jay Bushman is an Emmy-winning transmedia producer, show runner and writer. He was behind the Jane Austen inspired, tremendously successful, 153 episode series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and more recently, its 27 episode summer spinoff Welcome To Sanditon. An innovator in the way we experience narrative entertainment, Bushman is the co-founder and leader of the group Transmedia Los Angeles, the creator of the Fourth Wall Studio series Dirty Work, and the genre-defying, animated steampunk show Airship Dracula. He’s comfortable telling… continue…

Social Network Path Cuts 20 Percent of Staff

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San Francisco-based social network Path has laid off 13 employees, 20 percent of its total staff. A company spokesperson told Valleywag: “It’s just a realignment of the company. I wouldn’t read anything into it. The business is strong — we have 20 million users.” The Verge reported that no engineers were cut and that the layoffs were sprinkled across the company. Last month Path updated its iOS app to add features such as private sharing to specific contacts, “inner circle”… continue…

Enthusiasm Returns About Yahoo the Employer

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Yahoo currently has a little over 12,000 employees worldwide, slightly fewer than it had when Marissa Mayer walked into the CEO’s office more than a year ago. But despite the dip in numbers, Mayer is optimistic that the attraction of Yahoo as an employer is climbing among engineers and other IT professionals. Since she joined the company in July 2012, the company has hired nearly 1,000 engineers, Mayer said during the company’s earnings call earlier this week. In addition, Yahoo… continue…

Accounting Software Maker Xero Hiring in S.F.

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Online accounting software company Xero has moved its U.S. headquarters in San Francisco to a new facility in the city’s Jackson Square neighborhood. The San Francisco Business Times reports that the company has leased 25,000 square feet at 101 Green Street, where 65 of the company’s 100 U.S. employees work. Jamie Sutherland, president of Xero U.S., told the newspaper that Xero would be hiring staff in engineering, marketing and sales during the coming year. “We’re all gassed up and ready… continue…

GE Hires; Cisco, Broadcom Face Layoffs

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Our weekly snapshot of who’s hiring and who’s firing across the IT landscape. Hiring Six tech companies have formed a nanotechnology hub in upstate New York, which will create 1,000 high-tech jobs. The six companies that are part of the new center at the SUNY Institute of Technology near Utica, N.Y., include Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, SEMATECH, Atotech, IBM, Lam Research and Tokyo Electron. [Dice News] General Electric, driven by greater-than-expected sales, plans to hire more programmers and engineers than it had… continue…

LivingSocial May Lose D.C. Tax Incentives Over Headcount

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A year after the District of Columbia approved up to $32.5 million in tax breaks for LivingSocial, the deals site still doesn’t have the headcount required to cash in on any of the incentives, reports The Washington Post. At the time the incentives were offered, LivingSocial had nearly 1,000 employees at six offices in D.C., nearly half of them living in the district. LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy had projected that number would double in the next few years But last… continue…