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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…

5 Great Startups to Work For in Silicon Valley

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For those of you who like the idea of joining a Silicon Valley startup, here’s five that should be on your radar. Nutanix Over three years, this San Jose virtual storage network appliance maker has raised $71.5 million in funding in three years and hired more than 100 employees. Its appliance is designed to allow companies to dump their resource-sucking Storage Area Networks and operate a SANs-free virtualized datacenter. It seems to be a good place to work: Nutanix earned… continue…

Kink.com’s CTO Shares the Tech Behind the Scenes

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In 1996, shortly after he came from England to get a Ph.D. in Finance at Columbia University, Peter Acworth read about a fireman who made millions selling pornographic pictures on the Internet. Acworth enjoys BDSM, and knew he wasn’t the only kinky person on the planet. The nascent Internet porn industry wasn’t meeting his needs, and he was sure that if he felt that way, millions of others did as well. He began to build what could be the most… continue…

Startup Square Will More Than Double Staff

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Mobile payment startup Square plans to grow from 400 employees to more than 1,000 by the end of next year. The company will move to San Francisco’s mid-Market Street area to accommodate the growth. The new hires are expected to be predominately engineers and designers. Square will take a couple of floors at 1455 Market Street, less than a block from the headquarters Twitter moved into in June, according to media reports. It expects to move from the San Francisco… continue…

App Creator Klamr Hiring in San Francisco and Saigon

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Klamr is a social/global/loco mobile app that helps you make better plans with friends with a lot less hassle. At TechCrunch Disrupt its CEO, Bryan Pelz, told me it’s currently looking for senior iOS and server side developers. Besides the usual passion and love of Klamr’s product, Pelz wants fun-loving employees who can take the initiative and be responsible for themselves. Given that Pelz has been living in Vietnam for the past 12 years, and has no plans to move… continue…

5 Cities Where Big Data Is Driving Demand for Business Intelligence

Big Data jobs focus on collecting, analyzing and interpreting data to help a business further its goals. As the sector grows, business intelligence has never been a bigger deal. So where are the jobs? Not exactly where you might think. IT staffing firm Modis has identified five cities where big data is driving job growth: San Francisco: It’s home to large companies in the retail, insurance, healthcare and e-commerce sectors, all of which rely on an aggressive use of data.… continue…

Pinterest’s Move Hints at Growth [DiceTV]

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Social network Pinterest has moved its headquarters to San Francisco, leasing part of a 48,000 square foot building. The move sets off speculation that it’s getting ready to grow.

Open Source Meteor Receives $11.2 Million Investment

Meteor, a platform that help users build Web apps with JavaScript, has received $11.2 million in series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Like GitHub, which Andreessen Horowitz earlier invested $100 million in, the Meteor platform and framework is open source. Meteor was founded by Matt DeBergalis, Nick Martin and Geoff Schmidt, all of whom had  previously created their own browser apps. Meteor resulted from their need for a platform that could help build rich interactive, yet real-time, Web… continue…

Ad Hoc ‘Pair Programming’ Teams Enhance Product Quality

Pivotal Labs is a San Francisco software consulting firm that does a lot of Web, iOS and Android development. Their formula for getting things done quickly and raising the knowledge level of their developers is pair programming. What’s that? “It’s a sustainable culture where I know when I hit ‘deploy’ things are going to go out well, because I’ve got confidence around the code I just wrote,” says Will Read, software engineer for the development shop that tests everything before… continue…