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+ - Is Apple "Poaching" or Just "Hiring" For Its Rumored Electric Car Project?-> 1

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "The rumors about Apple’s move into the electric car business have been rapidly proliferating. While Apple has been able to keep many of the details of the project, whatever it is, under wraps, it has had less success keeping its hiring activities quiet. Battery company A123 filed a "poaching" lawsuit, Samsung execs told the Korea Times about the attractions Apple has to offer, and Tesla's Elon Musk basically figures that if he's going head to head for an engineer his personality will tip the balance. Engineers are flowing from other car companies to Apple as well. It's a good time to be a EV engineer in Silicon Valley."
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Comment: More Numbers to Consider (Score 1) 331

by Tekla Perry (#49019651) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM
Got input from IBM, talked to Cringely, heard from lots of folks in the trenches--and came up with a few more numbers to consider, like 10,000 (Number IBM is now suggesting is accurate), 50,000 (number laid off second half of 2014 in India), 20,800 (26 percent of U.S. workforce, which some say is target) and others. See http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-...

+ - Massive Worldwide Layoff Underway At IBM->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Project Chrome, a massive layoff that IBM is pretending is not a massive layoff, is underway. At more than 100,000 people, it is projected to be the largest mass layoff by any U.S. corporation in at least 20 years. Alliance@IBM, the IBM employees’ union, says it has so far collected reports of 5000 jobs eliminated, but those are just numbers of those getting official layoff notices. According to anecdotal reports, IBM appears to be abusing the performance appraisal system to cut additional employees without officially laying them off. And all this comes at the same time that CEO Ginni Rometty gets a big raise. "Just call her Machete Rommety" says one employee."
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+ - Maser Man Charles Townes Dead At 99

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "How does a scientist live to 99? Keep working, keep doing new things, but don't even think about science one full day a week.

Maser and laser inventor Charles Townes died yesterday at age 99, after a nearly 80-year career. University of California at Berkeley professors reported that the Nobel Prize winner was still working in his office or laboratory daily as recently as last year.

I interviewed Townes in 1991 when he was 76, an age at which many would have at least contemplated retirement, but not only was he still as busy as ever, working six days a week and often into the evening, he had just moved into a new area of research—using infrared spatial interferometry for astronomy. “It is a tough thing to do, but I think quite important,” he told me at the time. “In the long run it could open up a very exciting field.” It did indeed, and he published papers on the subject, built a laser interferometer for the Mt. Wilson observatory, and advanced the field for decades. Here’s what else he told me about discovering the maser and laser and the importance of changing research topics before becoming stale."

+ - Former Microsoft Researchers Find New Homes at VMWare, Google, Apple, Amazon->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "In September 2014, Microsoft suddenly shut down its Silicon Valley research lab, cutting loose 50-plus top researchers. Four months later, many are already settled into new homes. No surprise, a good-sized group went just across the street to Google. VMware, having picked up a Chief Research Officer from Microsoft earlier in the year, was also quick to gather up a critical mass. Microsoft's loss was also a gain for Amazon, Zynga, and others."
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+ - Does Tesla's fleet of X-men robots pass the diversity test?->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Tesla Motors named eight robots after X-Men characters, but only included one female character (that's 12.5 percent female, for those keeping diversity stats), and bypassed other more notable X-Men in favor of minor character Vulcan. Meanwhile, Tesla's and Lyft's recent remodels embrace Silicon Valley workplace trends (gotta have a plant wall or something strange hanging from the ceiling, along with a quirky photo display.) Will Lyft's secret room start a new trend?"
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+ - Magic Leap Draws From the Bay Area to Assemble Its Brain Trust->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Stealthy "cinematic reality" company Magic Leap may be based in Florida--but it's doing a lot of hiring from the Bay Area, scooping up engineers from Pixar, Google, Apple, and Intel--along with a few WIllow Garage alums. And it's got openings for many many more. Are all these folks with long-term Silicon Valley roots really going to move to South Florida? Or is Magic Leap getting ready to open up a Silicon Valley research center to house the brain trust it is gathering? Here's what we know about Magic Leap and its technology, who's joining it, and what other kinds of engineers the company aims to hire."
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+ - Migrant Tech Workers Abused by Contract Labor Firms, Investigation Shows->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) together with NBC Bay Area have been looking at tech immigrants to Silicon Valley—and elsewhere in the U.S.—for a year. And they found that regular abuse of the H-1B visa program has led to engineers and computer scientists, typically from India, being brought in for nonexistent jobs and confined to "guest quarters" until jobs emerge--at companies like Cisco, Apple, and Google. Is it a "flexible labor regime" or "indentured servitude"?"
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+ - Ian Wright is Turning Fedex and Garbage Trucks Into High Performance EVs->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Ian Wright was employee number one at Tesla, but left that carmaker and started Wrightspeed because he wanted to go all out on performance. The X1 electric sportscar he designed went superfast and could stop on a dime--but was hard to handle unless you were a trained race car driver. So he turned towards making putting motor systems in each wheel that allowed the car's computer to constantly fine-tune speed and make the car hug the road--as if a professional were at the wheel. He's now got a patent on “vehicle dynamics control in electric drive vehicles”, makes powertrains based on the technology, and landed FedEx as a lead customer. He's not saying that FedEx trucks are going to handle like racecars...or are they?"
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+ - Teens Take On Drone Collision Avoidance, Cyber Bullying, and More at Google Scie->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Coding? It's not that hard, say the teen finalists who entered engineering projects into the Google Science Fair. And they sure make it look simple. A fourteen-year old left a banana on a counter and returned to find the house full of fruit flies that were surprisingly hard to swat. That was pretty cool, he thought, and built a fruit-fly vision system into a drone, then programmed the drone to use fruit-fly behaviors to dodge moving objects. Another fourteen-year-old read a newspaper story about cyberbullying and set out to figure out to inhibit such behavior with an app. A sixteen-year-old was curious about sleep apnea when he separately learned about the musical instrument the Theremin, and built a system that applies Theremin technology to the sleep apnea problem. And more."
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+ - Why we care that Samsung joined Kateeva's OLED party->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Samsung's investment in OLED manufacturing equipment maker Kateeva is
A: a sign that big, cheap, OLED TVs are coming sooner than we thought
B: a reminder that Samsung is serious about venture capital and Silicon Valley
C: confirmation that the next big wave of Silicon Valley startups will be hardware, not software
D: all of the above
E: none of the above, the Kateeva investors just want real estate near Facebook so they can keep an eye on the company"

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+ - Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build A Startup Village->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Scott Hassan, founder of robotic research lab Willow Garage, is behind a large real estate development in Menlo Park, Calif. He reportedly plans to create an incubator village with 18,500 square meters of workspace and another 18,500 square meters of living space on a 30,000 square meter site, combining the advantages of a garage startup environment (what could be more convenient than working where you live) and an incubator (access to other smart entrepreneurs and ideas)."
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