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…

Seattle: Microsoft Is Hunting For webOS Developers

Microsoft Wants WebOS Developers: After HP announced it was getting out of the consumer market and its plans for WebOS went up in the air, Microsoft sent out a message seeking WebOS developers for Windows mobile development. “To Any Published WebOS Devs: We’ll give you what you need to be successful on #WindowsPhone, phones, dev tools, and training, etc.,” tweeted Brandon Watson, the company’s senior director of Windows Phone 7 development. Watson received more than 500 responses in 22… continue…

Seattle: Microsoft Could Win When In Google-Motorola Deal

Strange Bedfellows: Microsoft could benefit from Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. If it goes through, the acquisition could make Windows Phone more attractive to developers since Redmond would become the only major OS developer without a hardware arm of its own. Seattle Post Intelligencer Google Continues Seattle Growth: Google has expanded its office space in Fremont and leased a new facility in Bothell. Google’s Seattle Engineering Director Brian Bershad reiterates what the company has said before: There’s a “strong pipeline… continue…