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+ - An interview with Urs Holzle, Google's 8th employee and Cloud Platform leader->

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mattydread23 writes: In this interview, Google's Urs Holzle talks a little bit about the early days building Google's massive web infrastructure, and explains Google's plans to wrest cloud dominance away from Amazon — lower prices and faster innovation — and Microsoft — a stronger demonstrated commitment to open source. Google's coming from behind, but as he puts it, the race has just started. Do you buy it?
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+ - The rise and fall of the hot OpenStack startups->

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mattydread23 writes: Four years ago, VCs were tripping over themselves to invest in OpenStack startups. Now Nebula's out of business. Piston just pivoted. What's going on? Business Insider talked to VCs who invested in the space, plus OpenStack tech pioneer Josh McKenty, who blames big companies like Red Hat for hijacking the OpenStack Foundation.
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+ - 30 tech skills that will get you a $110,000 salary right now->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 writes: Here are the most in-demand tech skills and their average salaries, according to tech job-seeking service Dice. You might not be surprised at how many of them involve NoSQL/Hadoop in some form or another, but there are also some old reliables on there like database management and Documentum (!) still on the list.
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+ - Parker Harris, the *other* Salesforce cofounder->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 writes: You're probably aware of colorful, larger-than-life Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. But he's got a counterpart, a sort of Wozniak to his Jobs. Parker Harris cofounded the company with Benioff in 1999, and has overseen its engineering functions the entire time. He created one of the leanest, most efficient engineering organizations in tech company history, he moved the entire company to agile programming in a matter of weeks, and he plays the logical realist to Benioff's sometimes wild vision. Not bad for a guy who majored in English literature at a liberal arts college....
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+ - A look inside the new Benioff hospital, complete with roving robots->

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mattydread23 writes: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is almost as well known in San Francisco for his philanthropy as he is for the tech company he founded and his cracks at Microsoft. On Thursday, UCSF gave Business Insider reporter Eugene Kim a tour of the new Benioff Childrens' Hospital, which was funded by $250 million from the billionaire technologist. It's pretty amazing, with robots to do many tasks formerly performed by humans, and colorful scanning rooms to reduce kids' fears.
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+ - Next week is Microsoft's last chance to prove that Windows still matters->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 writes: Windows 8 was a disaster. Windows Phone is a non-starter. PC sales have dropped for the last two years. Windows has gone from powering 95% of internet-connected devices to powering about 15%. Next week, Microsoft will lift the veils a bit further on Windows 10, the next version of its now 30-year-old operating system. Will anybody care?
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+ - The burning question Microsoft needs to answer this year->

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mattydread23 writes: Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft is no longer the Windows-first company. So this year, it needs to give developers a crystal clear answer to the question: why should we keep building for Microsoft's platforms? In the old days, the answer was easy: Windows was where the users (and the money) were. Today? Not so easy.
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+ - North Korean Defector Spills Details On The Country's Elite Hacking Force->

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mattydread23 writes: Business Insider interviewed Jang Se-yul, a North Korean defector who trained in the country's Mirim University alongside some of the hackers who make up its elite Bureau 121 hacking squad. He explains how they train: "They take six 90-minute classes every day, learning different coding languages and operating systems, from C to Linux. Jang says a lot of time was spent dissecting Microsoft programs, like the Windows operating system, and how to attack the overall computer IT systems of enemy countries like the US or South Korea." He also explains that these hackers are among the elite in North Korea, and even though they have unfiltered information about the outside world that their countrymen lack, most of them would never dream of leaving.
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+ - Windows next: So what?->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 writes: The PC isn't dead. But Microsoft tried ambitious and ahead of the curve with Windows 8 and got a resounding "huh?" from the mainstream market. If the next version plays it safe, tones down the vision, and makes enterprises comfortable with the more secure and easier to mobilize WinRT runtime, while accommodating cheap tablets for people who don't want to pay for iPad and want something more powerful than Android, Microsoft can hold onto its 14% while it builds out cross-platform versions of its apps to take advantage of the services where it's actually doing something exciting — like Power BI and Project Spark and Skype Translator and Azure ML and lots of things that have nothing at all to do with Windows.
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+ - Nonprofit builds Salesforce cloud for the blind->

Submitted by Gamoid
Gamoid writes: I got to talk to a nonprofit that built a cloud based on Salesforce with a UX that lets anyone with any level of sightedness — from visually impaired to fully blind — get to work in any part of the business. It's kind of a cool story about the importance of accessibility in tech, check it out.
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