Facebook Presence Could Bring More IT to NYC


Facebook’s NYC Expansion May Have a Halo Effect: Facebook’s decision to establish an engineering office in the Big Apple may attract other tech employers, according to industry insiders. For example, in October, Twitter opened a New York office and says it will be hiring. Facebook will “help define NYC as a strong destination for many engineers,” says Tarek Pertew, who co-founded Silicon Alley Labs, a startup that has organized job fairs for the tech sector. Eduardo Frias, the senior vice president of engineering at Ideeli, a New York-based flash retailer, says Facebook’s decision “validates the viability of the East Coast as a destination for top tech talent. About 90,000 people are employed in tech in New York, economic development officials say. Computerworld

IT Employment Keeps Outperforming the Overall Market: IT employment is still growing.  The number of IT jobs increased by more than 7,100 in November, rising to 4,068,400 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance’s monthly index. That’s up by more than 84,000 jobs, or 2.1 percent, from November 2010. “Despite a mixed report on the overall jobs market, demand for IT professionals remains strong,” said Mark Roberts, TechServe’s CEO. “I remain very bullish on the prospects for continued growth in 2012 and anticipate IT employment will surpass its all-time high set back in June 2008.” Stock Markets Review

Tesla Motors Will Hire More than 1,000 Next Year: Tesla is getting ready to manufacture its all-electric Model S sedan in its Fremont, Calif. factory and plans to double its workforce of 1,400 in 2012 and then double it again in 2013. “We’re going to have hundreds of openings at the Tesla Factory,” Arnnon Geshuri, VP of human resources. “We’re going to bring manufacturing back to California, and it’s going to stay.” SiliconValley.com

Americans Stare at Screens More Than Ever: Americans spent an average of four hours and 34 minutes per day in front of the TV in 2011, up 10 minutes from last year. That’s according to a new report from research firm eMarketer. Internet usage was the second most popular media activity after TV-watching. Americans spent an average of 167 minutes per day on the Internet in 2011, up from 155 minutes last year. Digits

Microsoft and IBM Report Fewer Critical Vulnerabilities: Maybe cybersecurity solutions are actually working. In 2011, the number of critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft software fell to its lowest level since 2005, according to Microsoft research. At the same time, IBM shows fewer vulnerabilities overall are being exploited by security researchers and attackers. The number of vulnerabilities that have been publicly exploited by attackers has dropped to 10.8 percent in 2011, from about 15 percent in the previous year, says Tom Cross, manager of IBM’s X-Force Advanced Research team. The data from IBM will be included in its 2011 security report, which will be released early next year. Exploitation has fallen in a several key categories, including browsers, document readers, and media players, Cross says. InfoWorld

CIOs Seek Networking and Security Experts: Twenty percent of CIOs plan to expand their IT departments, and 10 percent expect cutbacks in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. The projected net 10 percent increase in hiring activity is up four percentage points from the previous quarter’s forecast. Almost three quarters (73 percent) of CIOs said they’re having difficulties in finding skilled professionals. What are they looking for? Networking and IT security experts are most in demand, followed by applications developers, data/database managers, and help desk/technical support staff. PR Newswire

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