Amazon is not your typical enterprise, but that may simply be because it's a little ahead of its time. As such, I found this job posting for a developer position intriguing. A sign of jobs to come?
You must have:Excellent communication and analytical skills. Advanced UNIX (preferably Linux) systems engineering skills. Extensive practical experience with Perl programming and shell scripting. A deep understanding of core internet technologies (e.g. TCP/IP, DNS). The ability to operate in a fast paced environment.
It's the "preferably Linux" over UNIX that got my attention, as well as the … Read more
IODA, the indie-music distributor, has gone through a round of layoffs, the company confirmed Wednesday.
The "reduction in workforce" took place a couple of weeks ago and affected mostly the technology and administrative units, according to Heather Staples, a spokeswoman for the company. A source affiliated with San Francisco-based IODA, which stands for Independent Online Distribution Alliance, said the company trimmed staffing by 15 percent. Staples declined to disclose how many employees were let go, but she said it was less than 15. She did say the company now has 75 employees.
"There was some belt tightening … Read more
Amazon said on Wednesday that it plans to offer its cloud computing customers the option of running Microsoft's Windows Server operating system as well as its SQL Server database.
Starting sometime this fall, Amazon said that customers of its EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service will be able to run Windows, in addition to the Unix-based options currently available. Amazon is currently conducting a private beta test of the new Microsoft-based options.
"The ability to run a Windows environment within Amazon EC2 has been one of our most requested features, and we are excited to be able to provide … Read more
There are some big new names backing ZocDoc, a start-up that lets you book doctor's appointments online (currently just in New York). Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has contributed an undisclosed amount to the company, as has Bezos Expeditions, the investment firm run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
In August, the company announced a $3 million Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures, the firm created by Sun Microsystems founder Vinod Khosla. The Bezos and Benioff investments are considered contributions to that round.
The New York-based ZocDoc currently employs 12 people and said that there were nearly 20,… Read more
The run-up to the holiday season always begins in September, and while I was overseas with no Internet access, the music and technology industries kept on churning. Fortunately for me, nothing's really changed. To wit:
SanDisk, in collaboration with the four major labels, announced a new physical format for albums called SlotMusic. You'll be able to pay between $7 and $10 and get a full album on a MicroSD card, which you'll then be able to plug into compatible cellphones or MP3 players to begin playing the MP3 files encoded at 320kbps. This one boggles me. If … Read more
Judge declares mistrial in RIAA-Jammie Thomas trial http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/09/not-for-publica.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10050757-38.html
DoJ agrees: IP enforcement bill is a … Read more
Gizmodo posted a blog Monday on Irex's new line of "digital readers" and took a few whacks at the company for over-promising and under-delivering.
You see, Irex, which developed the full-featured but pricey Iliad reader, recently ran a little online teaser ad that alerted the world that, "A new era in digital reading" was set to begin on September 22. Well, the blogger at Gizmodo wasn't impressed with what Irex is now offering up: a series of three 10.2-inch monochrome e-ink displays that start at $649 for a base "read-only" model (… Read more
The introduction of the G1 phone (the HTC Dream) is very nearly overshadowed by the marketing decision to destroy perfect innocent words in the commercials for it. But we do eventually get around to discussing the features, the delay of Windows Mobile 7, electric cars from Chrysler (for real!), and SanDisk takes a beating.
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Live blog: First Google Android phone is unveiled http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10048519-94.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10048538-94.html http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/20080923/googles-g1-first-impressions/ http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/23/t-mobile-g1-site-goes-live-for-real-first-ad-appears/
Each Android phone will … Read more