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Mass. Set to Repeal IT Services Tax Called ‘Most Burdensome’ in U.S.

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Opposition from IT businesses helped change the mind even of the governor who originally proposed it. continue…

Massachusetts Considering a Tax on the Cloud

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The proposed levy would level a sales tax on a wide range of cloud-based services. Will that drive companies out of the state? continue…

The 10 States With Fastest IT Job Growth

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Five of the ten states with the fastest growing job growth in computer systems design and related services are on the East Coast, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cited in a Dice Report released Thursday. Here’s a look at the Top 10 states, based on year-to-date figures: Growth Drivers In Maryland — the top-ranking state — biotech, healthcare services and local hospitals are driving the growth. And while the federal government also plays a role,… continue…

Intel/MIT Effort Showcases Massachusetts’ Commitment to Big Data

Massachusetts wants to “own” Big Data, and it helps that Intel has decided that the latest of its Science and Technology Centers, this one devoted to Big Data, should be located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has announced an  initiative called bigdata@CSAIL that will drive multi-disciplinary research through algorithms, architecture and data management, among other things. The idea is to tackle Big Data problems too big for current technology. MIT beat out… continue…

10 Booming Markets for Your IT Job Search

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North Carolina’s universities produce more than just top-notch basketball. The three biggest Triangle-area universities produced more than $31 million last year from bringing  new technologies and discoveries to market, further fueling the tech job market in Raleigh. Logging 50 percent growth in jobs posted in the past year, Raleigh topped Dice’s most recent Top 10 list of the fastest-growing cities for technology jobs.  It’s home to open source vendor Red Hat and more than 50 companies working on technologies to… continue…

Boston Pulse: EMC Grows, Green Incubator Launches

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EMC Head Count Soars Past 50,000: EMC of Hopkinton hit an employee head count of 50,000 worldwide amid healthy sales of its data-storage computers and software. The company’s s most recent official employee tally, disclosed in its annual report, stood at 48,500 on Dec. 31, but the company has added hundreds of jobs since then. Note, however, that much of EMC’s recent growth has come on the West Coast, where its majority-owned VMware business is booming, accounting for about 14… continue…

Mass. Game Developers See More Opportunities

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Video game development is taking root in Massachusetts.  More than 60 tech jobs are open at video game companies there, according to the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (33 of them are on Dice). Overall, game companies directly employ more than 1,200 people in the state, placing it fifth behind California, Texas, Washington and New York. Video game companies in Massachusetts include Turbine, which produced Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons; Irrational Games, creator of the popular Bioshock; Harmonix,… continue…

Constant Contact is Looking for Engineers

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Email marketing firm Constant Contact plans to hire up to 250 people this year, including nearly 60 tech professionals. The Massachusetts-based company seeks a wide array of people including software engineers, QA engineers, telecommunications engineers, and storage and data engineers. Cloud computing is also a big area of growth. Constant Contact is planning on hiring for all its locations including Waltham, Mass., Loveland, Colo., Delray Beach, Fla., San Francisco and New York. The San Francisco-based social media team seeks engineers… continue…

Tuesday’s News Roundup

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The skills most in demand for 2011 will be programming and application development, according to a study by ComputerWorld. Employers are also keen for project management, helpdesk and networking professionals. [ComputerWorld] IT jobs in North Carolina are growing fast. In August, the state reported 4,560 technology job openings, a 15 percent increase from July. There are currently 1,400 positions for people skilled in systems engineering alone. [Local Tech Wire]  The New York State Department of Health infused $109 million in grant funding… continue…

DiceTV Update: IBM Opens Lab in Mass; Job Market Dynamics Improve

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This week: IBM’s opening a big software development lab in Massachusetts, and why more people quitting their jobs is a good thing. continue…