Stories by Ann Bednarz

Midyear jobs outlook: What to know about IT hiring, skills, benefits

IT staffing firms and employment researchers released a flurry of data as the first half of the year came to a close. The bottom line? The second half of 2014 is looking good for job-hunting IT pros, particularly if they possess coveted skills. IT employment numbers are rising, employers are forging ahead with hiring plans, and CIOs are confident about hiring budgets. Here come the numbers.

Highs and lows of CEO pay

This year's proxy season has come to a close, and after digging through regulatory filings, 10 highlights stand out in our analysis of 62 tech CEOs' compensation.

In Pictures: Tech companies pick up tab for pricey CEO perks

CEO pay packages include perks such as access to the corporate jet, home security, and financial planning advice.

In Pictures: 10 CEOs who took drastic pay cuts

Median CEO pay climbed 9% to $13.9 million last year, but some tech leaders saw their pay slashed.

In Pictures: Tech's top-paid CEOs

Fifteen tech leaders made more than $US14 million in 2013.

In Pictures: 25 geeky Mother's Day gifts

Find a Mother's Day gift with a techie vibe

Mobile security tools win over IT pros

When we asked about tech favorites, several IT pros cited tools they've acquired to help address mobile device management, data security and application control.

In Pictures: Fave raves - 33 tech pros share their favourite IT products

What IT pros like, in their own words

Free data science courses from Johns Hopkins, Duke, Stanford

If you've thought about trying to boost your data skills, check out Coursera's catalog of free classes. In particular, Johns Hopkins is about to start a nine-class specialization in data science.

Big data funding spree continues

Venture capital firms continue to funnel big sums of money to big data startups. Hadoop player Cloudera announced $160 million in new financing, and analytics startup Platfora raised $38 million.

In Pictures: The fascinating 50

Get to know 50 of the most interesting people in the world of technology

Who's hiring? Marketing lures more tech pros

The hiring scene is changing for tech pros. Marketing departments are bolstering their technical ranks to help with big data, cloud, SEO, and mobile development initiatives.

Big Data skills pay top dollar

If you're in tech, it pays to be in big data. Nine of the top 10 highest paying IT salaries are for languages, databases and skills related to big data.

In Pictures: 25 Valentine’s Day gifts for geeks at heart

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine's Day gift with a techie vibe

Big Data startup MemSQL raises US$35 million

MemSQL, a database startup founded by former Facebook engineers, has raised US$35 million in a series B round of venture funding.