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Google’s New Employee Perk: DNA Tests

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Google’s known for offering great perks to employees, from dry cleaning and free food to gym facilities. The perks are so great, in fact, that some employees do their best to never leave. But now the company’s offering something a little more unconventional: DNA tests from Foundation Medicine for any employees (and employees’ relatives) suffering from cancer. To find healthcare IT jobs, click here. According to Reuters, Google will begin offering the benefit at the beginning of next year. Foundation… 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…

Should Google Change Its ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Motto?

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For many years, Google has touted an upbeat and idealistic motto: “Don’t be evil.” It came with an equally utopian mission statement about organizing all the world’s information and making it accessible to everyone. When the Financial Times asked Google CEO Larry Page if his company would need to change that statement in coming years, he responded in the affirmative. “I think we do, probably,” he said. “We’re still trying to work that out.” For search-related jobs, click here. Page… continue…

Amazon’s ‘Diverse’ Staff Largely White, Male

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Amazon just released an employee diversity report, and the results aren’t much different from those reported by other tech companies earlier this year. According to Amazon, its global workforce is 63 percent male and 37 percent female; among managers, the percentage of males rises even higher, to 75 percent. Within the U.S., Amazon’s ranks are 60 percent white, 15 percent black, 13 percent Asian, 9 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent other; among managers, the numbers shift to 71 percent white,… continue…

Silicon Valley Still Bubbly Despite Big Layoffs

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What’s New This Quarter A quick scan of the Valley finds it as frothy as ever, with constant bulletins about huge mergers and acquisitions drowning out the less-bubbly news of restructurings and downsizings. The dog days of August brought new news that Cisco would lay off 6,000 employees, about 8 percent of the company’s workforce, in order to make itself more agile. In comments to his workforce, CEO John Chambers said: “It’s about investing in our growth and moving fast…… 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…

Here’s Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

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After six years, do you think the number of submissions to the App Store has stayed level, climbed, or fallen? As demonstrated by this chart of the App Store’s metrics (hat tip to Pocket Gamer), the number of submissions per day continues to rise, likely driven by a combination of new apps and updates of existing apps. (There was also a surge over the summer as developers prepared for the launch of iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s mobile… continue…

Is Google Glass Dying?

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A year ago, Google Glass seemed poised to alter the technology world in fundamental ways. The augmented-reality eyeglasses had a growing legion of early adopters—dubbed “Explorers” by Google—walking the streets of major cities; several large companies, including OpenTable and The New York Times, were working on apps for the device’s tiny screen. Some people couldn’t get enough of Google Glass. Tech evangelist Robert Scoble famously wore his unit in the shower. A 31-year-old Navy serviceman went through “Glass withdrawal” after… 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…