WildTangent Needs Engineers in Seattle

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WildTangent has opened a new office in downtown Seattle, where it plans to hire up to 25 people in the coming months for its PC and Android game platforms, and a “super secret” project. The new office is part of an ongoing buildup of tech companies in downtown Seattle, home to offices for Zynga, Facebook, Google and Talbeau Software, among others. Like game distributor WildTangent, they’re finding it necessary to be in the middle of the city in order to… continue…

Seattle’s F5 Network Hiring; R&D’s a Focus

Seattle’s F5 Networks has been expanding at home and in its global offices. The company recently added 190 employees, including 60 from the acquisition of Israeli load-management startup Traffix Systems.  CEO John McAdam says the company is emphasizing research and development and sales in its hiring right now. R&D jobs are mainly in Seattle, Spokane and San Jose, Calif.  In terms of hiring in Seattle: It’s really hard, but we try hard. We’ve been successful in the last few quarters.… continue…

Sony to Close Game Maker Zipper; THQ Plans Layoffs

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Sony’s Zipper Interactive and THQ units Vigil Games and Relic Entertainment have run into the wall of a changing game market. The results aren’t pretty. After an 18-year run, Sony is shuttering Zipper, known for its bestselling SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs franchise, which has sold over 12 million units. It’s unclear whether any of the company’s 80 employees will be transferred to other Sony units. The company says Zipper titles MAG, SOCOM 4 and Unit 13 — including its new Daily… continue…

Facebook Expands Its Office in Seattle

Facebook’s Seattle office has moved to a new space to accommodate its 90 engineers and allow for more hires. The company opened the office in 2010 in order to broaden its resource pool beyond Silicon Valley.  Ari Steinberg, the company’s Seattle site director, says the company’s engineering community and proximity to California were the region’s biggest attractions. “This office is here because of the endless resolve and hard work of more people than I can even name,” he says in… continue…

Job Moves at Apple, IBM and

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Apple plans 3,600 new jobs in Austin…IBM “re-balances” through layoffs… and grows so fast, it doesn’t have time to build new offices.

Adobe and AMD Plan Job Cuts; Tech M&A Grows

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DICE NEWS ROUNDUP: Adobe Plans to Cut 750 Jobs: Adobe Systems says it will cut 750 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to focus the company more on digital media and digital marketing. The company plans to reduce investment in enterprise solution products, which will lower licensing revenue. About 200 of the cuts will occur in the Bay Area. The company has eight U.S. offices, including in Seattle and Virginia. Adobe will spend up to $75 million on severance… continue…

Four Areas That Will be Hiring in 2012

DICETV UPDATE: A lot of hiring will happen in four areas next year, and here they are… Taiwanese companies come recruiting to Silicon Valley… And Microsoft wants to expand the use of Kinect beyond the Xbox 360. All on this week’s DiceTV Update. Four Tech Trends Are Driving Hiring. So says Robert Half Technology. The company’s 2012 Salary Guide reports these are the trends pushing most of today’s hiring in IT. Continued growth of smartphones and tablets is heightening the… continue…

Trends Driving Tech Hiring; Taiwan Hunts in the Valley (Weekly Update)

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Four Tech Trends Are Driving Hiring: The just-released 2012 Salary Guide from Robert Half Technology reports that four trends are fueling most of current IT hiring. Continued growth of smartphones and tablets is heightening the demand for individuals with experience creating and organizing mobile media content for the small screen. Starting salaries for mobile app developers are expected to rise 9.1 percent over 2011 levels to a range of $85,000 to $122,500. Also in demand are business intelligence analysts, who… continue…

Xbox Live Staff Under Attack By ‘Swatters’

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It is called swatting. A prankster makes a 911 call, claims to be in danger, a SWAT team is deployed to the scene, and the victim is dragged out of his or her house at gunpoint. It is immature, extremely dangerous and it wastes police resources. Recently, disgruntled Xbox Live users have employed the tactic more than once, to get back at the Microsoft employees that supervise the gaming network. On August 29, Eric Neustadter, the operations manager for Xbox… continue…

Seattle Pulse: Technology Leaders Seek to Strengthen Startup Ecosystem

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Seattle Tech Leaders Brainstorm Tech Job Growth: How can technology professionals make the Seattle startup ecosystem stronger? The Startup Foundation held a brainstorm session with the city’s technology community to brainstorm this topic and to discuss ways to make it easier for business owners to build area-based companies. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, non-profits and Microsoft representatives pitched various concepts they felt would benefit the community, like creating a startup weekend and developing programs that support local technology. Geekwire Amazon Seeks to Make a Deal with California: Amazon… continue…