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Nintendo president: ‘The Wii has stalled’

October31
Satoru Iwata says top-selling console has hit a wall due to dearth of "high demand" software, and the company is now "preparing for next year."
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IT SUPPORT/ NETWORK/ SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR (Beverly Hills)

October31
Responsibilities Include:
Provide a first point of contact for users answering questions and successfully troubleshooting PC hardware & software related problems. Assist with the operation and maintenance of local and wide area networks as required. Perform remote support using remote administration tools. Ensure that proper IT network-related policies, procedures, and standards are enforced. Perform additional duties as assigned in order to ensure project success, guarantee satisfaction and achieve department goals.

Technical Skills:
• Experience with installing, supporting and troubleshooting multiple operating systems
• Advanced knowledge of common applications such as Microsoft Office 2007, Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
• Knowledge of IT hardware including printers, scanners, faxes, scanners etc…
• Knowledge of network principles including TCP/IP, VPN, switches, wireless, etc…
• Knowledge of Ghost desktop imaging software
• Network printer maintenance and support
• Knowledge of Server 2003/2008

Non-Technical Skills:
• Demonstrate strong service and troubleshooting skills
• Ability to work well under pressure
• Ability to work well with others
• Good communication skills – being able to communicate technical solutions/subjects in a manner which is easily understood by the user
• Sets priorities, organizes work and meets deadlines to ensure effective customer support
• Ability to perform responsibilities with minimal supervision as well as function as part of the team
• Maintain a positive, upbeat attitude while displaying common sense and good judgment
• Some occasional off-hours support may be required

Work Experience:
• 2 - 4 years of IT Administration experience.

Education:
• Bachelors Degree in computer science, information technology or other related field desired. Related education programs and experience will also be taken into consideration.

** PLEASE PASTE YOUR RESUME IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL (no attachments) AND TYPE "IT SUPPORT/ NETWORK/ SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR" IN THE SUBJECT LINE".
** LIVING WITHIN A SHORT DRIVE DISTANCE FROM BEVERLY HILLS PREFERED
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Creative is latest to tackle e-book readers

October31
Maker of Zen MP3 players is said to be readying an e-book reader, tentatively named the MediaBook, that will harness videos, pictures, text, and services for a "media-rich experience."
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Leaked docs confirm Droid Eris details: November 6, $99

October31
What we've heard is true: it should launch November 6, and will supposedly run $99 after rebate. That's pretty cheap considering it matches the specs of the $180 Hero.
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Wi-Fi-free iPhone officially lands in China

October31
While China saw nothing near the frenzy of the first iPhone launch day in the U.S., crowds there did honor the tradition of lining up for the phone hours in advance. But price--and a lack of Wi-Fi--could prove a deterrent.
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Need a Wed Developer/Graphic Arts specialist ASAP (Los Angeles 90013)

October31
eCommerce company located in Downtown Los Angeles is looking for an in house Web Developer/graphic arts specialist. We are specialized in selling apparel, and need to fill in this position ASAP

Technical Capabilities:
o Knowledge of coding and operating a Shopping cart, and integrating products into it.
o Knowledge of Full Adobe CS3/4 Suite, and DreamWeaver.
* Must be able to create HTML/CSS table less designs, button creation, proper page layout for customer navigation and more.
* Dynamic HTML.
* Minimal JavaScript/Jquery programming.
* Ability to edit photo's and graphics inside Photoshop and Illustrator, knowledge of plugins and effects for both programs is needed with good taste of course.
* Must be able to create custom artistic graphics

Education and Experience:
* 3-5years of relevant web developing experience.
* Must have fully built and operated a fully functional website/shopping cart NO EXCEPTIONS.
* Solid experience in all Adobe Suite applications especially Photoshop and Illustrator.
* Write code to support a wide range of applications and requests.
* Multi-tasker who can work on 3-5 website projects at a time, and who can meet deadlines.
* Develop creative solutions to unique problems.
* In-depth knowledge of current web technologies, including all browsers .
* Broad understanding of online commerce, and business.
* Must have working knowledge of HTML/CSS as well as PHP, MYSQL, .ASP Shopping Cart, Jquery and Javascript.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send us your resume, AND three URLs projects you have worked on AND three eCommerce projects. Summarize your role in each of these projects.
This job offer is for INDIVIDUAL ONLY, we will not hire any companies.

Thank you!
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Ex-MySpace CEO wants to gamble on social games

October31
In Chris DeWolfe's new venture, sources say, he'll attempt to snowball a bunch of social-gaming properties and pit himself against industry leader Mark Pincus of Zynga.
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Senior Software Engineer, Data Mining / Quantitative Analyst (Old Town Pasadena)

October31
Job Description


Snap is seeking a highly intelligent, innovative, quantitative and technically savvy individual to analyze process complex data sets related to online advertising marketplace.


* Are you a pioneer looking to apply your skills to an emerging market?
* Are you innovative, driven and enjoy scouring data and a market to come up with better ways of doing things?
* Do you have intermediate to advanced programming skills in at least one high level language (Perl, Python, Java, Ruby or shell scripting)?
* Do you have experience working with extremely large data sets exceeding 1 TB?
* Do you have an engineering mentality, i.e. knack for figuring out what went wrong by taking apart and then putting back together again?
* Do you enjoy working with end results oriented team that likes to win?

If you said "yes" to all the above and you have a passion for the Internet industry, this may be the position you have been seeking.

Responsibilities


* Make Snap successful.
* Gather, understand and maintain Internet online advertising data
* Deliver insights based on underlying trends in the data to improve efficiency of Snap’s strategies
* Ensure collected data is accurate and rapidly accessible
* Apply economic principles to datasets to develop and model media buying and selling strategies
* Optimize data collection process to scale to larger data sets
* Collaborate with others to test and refine strategies based on the data sets

Requirements / Qualities


* BS degree required or MS preferred in computer science, computer engineering, statistics, or applied math with an exceptional GPA
* 3 years professional programming experience in at least one high level language (Perl, Python, Java, Ruby or shell scripting)
* Experience with Linux and related tools
* Work experience manipulating large scale datasets via flat files and common database skills
* Ability to apply a pragmatic financial or business outlook to daily work and long-term plans
* Experience using statistical modeling packages such as SAS and interest to test emerging tools such as HADOOP, a plus
* Experience in financial services or investment management, asset management, risk management, a plus
* Experience with machine learning algorithms, a plus
* Highly intelligent, motivated, innovative, with ability to accept and give very direct constructive criticism for improvement in an ego-less manner
* High energy with strong work ethic and commitment, ability to operate with tight deadlines in a startup environment
Company Overview

Snap is one of the largest distributed media networks on the Internet, already reaching 24% of the US audience and tens of million unique global users each month in 48 languages. Snap contextual products are used on over 2,000,000 websites and blogs, who appreciate the improved experience we provide their users along with the additional advertising inventory we create.

Launched in 2006 by Founders Bill Gross & Tom McGovern, Snap is backed by blue chip Venture Investors including Mayfield Fund and Idealab.

Environment

Snap is a mid-stage start-up that is growing year over year. Snap has achieved it market success with a relatively small team of HIGH IMPACT team members. Snap intends to continue to follow this strategy of keeping the organization small in the immediate term but will expand as revenues grow.

The Snap environment is a start-up where employees are personally passionate about the products and building the business and will do what ever is necessary to achieve our shared goals. It is a meritocracy where great ideas from any team member is celebrated and pursued yet “good ideas are killed as we only have time for the great ones.” We are an “always on” team that values fact based decisions, speed, entrepreneurship and sweating the details.

Company Benefits


* Fun people in a great working environment
* Stock options package
* Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans
* Life insurance
* Company holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)
* 401k
* Subsidized lunches, gourmet coffee, free snacks, daily fruit and healthy snacks, and free soft drinks
* Casual dress

Position Location: Pasadena, CA. Local candidates only, no relocation

INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR RESUME AND SALARY HISTORY TO CHRISTOPHER STARACE: chris {at} snap {dot} com

Snap is an equal opportunity employer
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Researchers ask how best to engineer the planet

October31
Time to assess different climate engineering approaches--be it injecting light-blocking particles in the atmosphere or artificial trees--say academics at an MIT symposium.
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Executive charged in Galleon case leaves IBM

October30
A high-ranking IBM executive charged with insider trading connected to the Galleon Group has left the company.
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