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Facebook establishing temporary engineering center in B.C.

Facebook already has a growing engineering operation in Seattle. Now, the social networking powerhouse is heading north of the border — but not in the traditional sense. The Vancouver Sun reports that Facebook is looking to establish a temporary facility in BC with room for up to 150 staffers. The office is set to open… Read More

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Tech salaries rise: Survey says average pay rate tops $85,000

“The fastest way if you are in the 99 percent and want to join the one percent … is to learn computer programming.” Those were the words earlier this week from Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Hadi Partovi who launched a new non-profit called Code.org to boost awareness around computer science education in the U.S…. Read More

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Amazon is growing so fast it just hired a former member of the Presidents of the United States of America

Nope, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton aren’t joining Amazon.com. But the fast-growing Seattle tech juggernaut recently hired another former President. Dave Dederer, one of the founding members of Seattle rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, has joined Amazon.com as MP3 content lead. Dederer is being a bit elusive as to what… Read More

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Amazon leases offices as part of Boston area expansion

Amazon continues to gobble up talent in the Seattle area, hiring thousands of new staffers for its South Lake Union headquarters. But that’s not the only place where the tech powerhouse is going for talent. The Boston Globe reports today that Amazon has secured a lease for 105,000 square feet of space in the Kendall… Read More

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Chart: Washington state jobless rate falls to 8.2 percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent during October as 9,600 private sector jobs were added. That compares to an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent during the same period last year. The state’s jobless rate still sits above the seasonally adjusted numbers for the nation as a whole, with preliminary numbers coming in at… Read More

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Google sheds 1,058 employees during Q3

The market for hiring technical talent is red hot right now, with companies offering bounties and special perks for the best-and-brightest minds. But even amid the hot market, one of the most aggressive recruiters in technology has reduced its headcount. According to the search giant’s latest quarterly report, staffing at the company has dropped to… Read More

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Bring out your dead: Startup offers $1M to ‘acqui-hire’ alums of TechStars, Y Combinator and 500 Startups

The hiring crunch for developers in the tech industry is a pain point we hear about nearly every day. Now, a San Francisco startup called Twice — that specializes in selling secondhand clothes of all things — is taking one of the more unusual approaches we’ve encountered to get developers in the door. Today, the year-old… Read More

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Comcast to add jobs at Seattle area call centers

Cable giant Comcast announced today that it is expanding its call center operations in the Puget Sound area, adding 180 new jobs in Fife, Lynnwood and Everett. About 140 positions will be added in Lynnwood and Everett, while 40 positions will be added in Fife. The company, the largest cable provider in the state, employs… Read More

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Salesforce.com to hire hundreds at Portland office

Seattle has experienced a boom in new engineering and development offices from Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook, Zynga, Splunk and eBay. Now, the Portland area is getting in on the action. Mike Rogoway of The Oregonian reports that Salesforce.com has chosen the Rose City for a new office, with plans to hire hundreds… Read More

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Seattle ranks No. 1 for startup-loving Gen Y workers

Seattle is the best place in the nation for workers in the age range of 18 to 29, according to a new study by PayScale. The report found that Seattle outperformed other tech hotbeds, including Boston (#5), New York (#7) and San Francisco (tied for #9). The report also found that Gen Y workers tend… Read More