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Google to Expand San Francisco Offices, Add Engineers

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Google has taken over a 35,000-square-foot former print shop in San Francisco’s trendy Mission District, the new digs reportedly intended to house as many as 200 engineers from startups the search giant has acquired or will in the future. The Financial Times reported the deal, saying that engineers don’t like the commute to Silicon Valley and want to stay in San Francisco, but in a smaller office more like a startup. Facing fierce competition for top engineering talent, Google and… continue…

NextKids Brings Daycare to Collaborative Workspace

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Women launching a business while simultaneously managing a family can find the dual roles challenging. However, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based NextSpace, which operates nine California workspace locations, offers a solution: It recently added a NextKids childcare facility to its Portrero Hill location in San Francisco. Currently, NextKids serves roughly two dozen families, of which 70 percent include an entrepreneur. And the majority of clients using the NextSpace-NextKids shared workspace are women, says Diana Rothschild, NextKids’ founder. “Most of the startups using… continue…

Apple’s New Campus Could Hurt Recruiting Efforts

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Is Silicon Valley not the “in” place to be anymore? As more tech companies set up shop in San Francisco, Wired wonders whether Apple’s proposed “spaceship” headquarters could be a boondoggle. The circular, 2.8-million-square-foot glass showplace received final approval from the Cupertino City Council in November and should open in mid-2016. Expected to house up to 14,200 employees, the project’s original estimated cost of $3 billion has nearly doubled. But, notes the magazine’s Marcus Wohlsen, Silicon Valley’s talent is heading… continue…

Will Free Public Wi-Fi Ever Become Widespread?

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San Francisco just launched free public Wi-Fi along Market Street. But that won’t kick off a broader free-wireless movement. continue…

GE Expands Software Center Hiring Plans

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Driven by greater-than-expected sales, General Electric will hire more programmers and engineers than it had anticipated at its software development center in San Ramon, Calif. Bloomberg reports that a total of 800 people will work there on programs that compile and analyze data from jet engines, locomotives and wind turbines. Since 2011, the center’s staff has grown from four to between 600 and 700 now. Initially, the company had expected a total of 400 people to work at the center.… continue…

Atlassian Will Boost San Francisco Workforce

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Collaboration software developer Atlassian plans to increase its Bay Area IT team by 50 percent over the next 12 months. The company, which operates dual headquarters in San Francisco and Australia, plans to add 10 people. Currently, the team has 20 members. Overall, 11-year-old Atlassian has 650 employees, with 45 tech people divided roughly by its San Francisco and Australia locations, though several work in Germany, as well. Atlassian plans to grow its IT team to a total of 60… continue…

Bay Area CIOs Predict More Hiring in 4th Quarter

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CIOs expect hiring freezes to thaw during the fourth quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by Robert Half Technology. As a result, more of the executives are bullish about filling vacant positions and expanding their staff headed into the close of the year. The survey noted that only 13 percent of the Bay Area CIOs surveyed plan to put IT hiring on hold during the year’s final quarter. That’s 9 percentage points lower than the previous quarter, when 22… continue…

Distant Companies are Large Silicon Valley Employers

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Thousands of Silicon Valley area tech professionals work for distant companies, reports the San Jose Mercury News. For instance: Germany-based SAP employs more than 3,500 in the region, mostly in Palo Alto. Western Digital, an Irvine, Calif., based storage disk maker, employs 5,350 in Silicon Valley, including those at two manufacturing plants. Dell, headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, employs more than 700 workers at its Silicon Valley Research and Development Center in Santa Clara. These are just of few of… continue…

How Hackers Use Bots to Score Prime Restaurant Reservations

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Automated scripts aren’t just for e-commerce or high-frequency trading: you can also use them to nail a good table for four at a hot eatery. continue…

Interview Questions for Developers Over 18

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Working in the business side of adult entertainment isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but these companies are often among the leaders when it comes to aggressive use of technology and closely following best practices. It’s a dynamic that fascinates us: That’s why we wrote about the adult website Kink.com some months ago, and why we went back to its CTO, Steve Morgan, to find out how he goes about hiring developers for his tech team of about 25 people. For… continue…