Online Platforms Connect Tech Firms & Angel Investors

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Tech companies are of particular interest to accredited angel investors who tap into investment crowdfunding platforms like AngelList, Crowdfunder, Gust and MicroVentures. While most people are familiar with Kickstarter and Indiegogo, campaigns on those sites include everything from singers pushing records to companies developing new projects. In lieu of equity, backers get the eventual product and other rewards. But portals that cater to accredited investors generally take a more sophisticated approach – they’re about pairing investors with companies who’ll trade… 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, 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 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…

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…