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Seattle Welcoming Even More Silicon Valley Firms

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What’s New This Quarter As always, Seattle’s heaviest tech hitters provide the most interesting hiring (and firing) headlines, but at the same time, it’s intriguing to note just how many Silicon Valley companies are setting up local satellite offices to tap into the city’s huge IT talent pool. Not only did Amazon increase its seasonal hires in 2014 to 80,000 (up from 70,000 in 2013), it also said it hopes to convert thousands of those holiday workers into full-time employees… continue…

See Bill Gates Drink Water Made From Sewer Sludge

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Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is evidently ready to place his mouth where his (Foundation’s) money is—by drinking a glass of water filtered from raw sewage. The Gates Foundation funded development of the Janicki Omniprocessor, which (as the above video demonstrates) takes in sewage and converts it into ash (good for fertilizer), electricity, and clean drinking water. Via a conveyor belt, the sewage enters the Omniprocessor, where it’s boiled dry. The dry sewage enters a furnace, which produces steam, which… continue…

Tour ‘Minecraft’ Creator’s Mansion… In ‘Minecraft’

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Markus “Notch” Persson released the Minecraft beta in 2010. Although he intended the world-building game as a fun side project, it quickly grew into an international phenomenon, enriching him to the tune of millions of dollars even before he sold the rights to Microsoft for more than $2.5 billion earlier this year. Although a 2013 biography of Persson portrayed him as highly ambivalent about fame and wealth, he recently overcame that quandary long enough to purchase the most expensive house… continue…

What Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Teaches About Management

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A new profile of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in the New York Times isn’t very kind to her two-year tenure at the flailing tech giant. While Yahoo invented the online-advertising business, and enjoyed initial success in everything from search to discussion boards, its rivals have managed to seize the lead in a number of different segments; meanwhile, Mayer has tried to revitalize Yahoo by cutting away some core products, acquiring some smaller firms (Tumblr, for starters), and focusing more on… continue…

Should Game Developers Build Exclusives?

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beaten the Xbox One in sales for most of the past year, but Xbox fans don’t have to worry about their favorite hardware losing out on third-party games. Console makers try to differentiate themselves with exclusive titles, but market share isn’t the only—or even the primary—consideration for developers deciding which consoles to target. To find gaming-related jobs, click here. Not surprisingly, it comes down to money. Developers “don’t do exclusives because it’s a better console,” Wedbush… continue…

Is Microsoft Truly Embracing Open Source?

Posted In C++/C#, Programming
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Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats. So it must have been galling to its executives as, over the past 20 years, the bulk of the Internet came to rely on Apache Web servers; while Microsoft now leads in hostnames (according to Netcraft), Apache remains ahead in terms of hosted active sites. And then a funny thing happened: Whether in the name of… continue…

Is C Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

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Many programming languages have come and gone since Dennis Ritchie devised C in 1972, and yet C has not only survived three major revisions, but continues to thrive. Large chunks of Windows were written in C, along with most of Linux. But aside from this incredible legacy, what keeps C atop the Tiobe Index? The number of jobs on Dice.com for C programmers is not huge, and many of those also include C++ and Objective-C. On Reddit, the C community,… continue…

Cloud Computing’s Race to the Bottom

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Amazon Web Services reportedly boasts more than a million active customers, and untold numbers of websites and apps rely on its cloud-computing power to deliver content and serve customers. Despite that massive footprint, however, Amazon executives may be feeling the pressure from Google, which has made a very public show of selling its own cloud services for cheap—a new price restructuring for AWS services, announced this week, could end up saving some customers a lot of money. Under this streamlining,… continue…

Microsoft CEO Pledges More Company Diversity

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Microsoft will look less white and male in coming years, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Nadella emphasized the Microsoft’s commitment to a “more diverse workforce” and “creating opportunities at every level of the company for all of Microsoft’s employees,” according to Business Insider. Nadella finds himself under a particular microscope after his comments at this October’s Grace Hopper Conference, in which he suggested that female employees trust in “karma” to secure them raises… continue…

Microsoft Planning Windows 10 Consumer Reveal

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Although Microsoft won’t actually release Windows 10 until late 2015, it reportedly plans to give a demonstration of the operating system’s consumer features next month. According to The Verge, which drew from unnamed sources for the information, the Windows 10 event will include a demo of “Continuum,” which adjusts the operating system’s interface to suit the type of device it’s running on; unplug the physical keyboard from a hybrid, touch-enabled laptop such as the Surface 3 or Lenovo Yoga, for… continue…