Fri January 13, 2012

Fate of Syracuse chip fab hinges on defense contract

A high-tech chip fab could come to Syracuse - if California-based APIC Corp. can land a key defense contract.
Wired Mainstream via Flickr

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is using his political weight to land a next-generation chip plant in central New York.

But the creation of the Syracuse-area nanotech facility largely depends on landing a contract from the Department of Defense, which is facing a budget cut.

On Wednesday, Schumer sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging him to strike a deal with APIC Corp. of California. Such a deal could pave the way for the new chip plant.

Schumer says the plant would create 200 new jobs and could open by year’s end.

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Fri January 13, 2012

Is GlobalFoundries worth the billion-dollar investment?

At a recent job fair in Saratoga County, many people hoping to land a job at GlobalFoundries waited outside in the cold for an hour or more.
Marie Cusick WMHT

New York State gave away an unprecedented incentive package - worth over a billion dollars - to lure the computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to the Albany suburb of Malta.

Now that the massive economic development project is finally up and running, people are lining up for jobs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to see similar tech clusters emerge in other regions. And to replicate the Capital Region’s success, Cuomo says he’s ready to dish out more state perks.

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Thu January 12, 2012
Your stories

Eric Lee: What do you make?

Eric Lee, at BarCampRochester, adding his proposed session to the day's agenda. BarCamp is an "unconference," which means that attendees determine what sessions get held the morning of the event.
Zack Seward WXXI

Eric Lee makes old computers new again. 

We met this high school student at BarCampRochester in October 2011, where he sat down with us in our listening booth.  Eric told us about how he unearthed an old iMac at his summer job, and then found a way to bring the iconic Apple machine into the modern age.

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Mon January 2, 2012

Investor bias for Silicon Valley makes starting up tough in WNY

Selling Hive's website cajoles businesses to network through its service, which tries to build relationships so that "everyone makes more money," says CEO Bob Richardson.
Courtesy photo Selling Hive

Western New York is home to a new social networking site. But it's not like Facebook or Twitter.

Tech startup Selling Hive tries to increase sales for businesses by linking them together online - and it's a model the company's founders say isn't being used anywhere else.

Business is about building relationships, says CEO Bob Richardson, and his company sees an opening to succeed by matching buyers and sellers through social networking. 

"Every small business, every medium-sized business has prospects they'd like to get into, but can't," Richardson says. "Shouldn't technology help this problem? It really doesn't. Technology, it turns out, is a much more effective barrier than it is an enabler."

Take caller ID, for instance. It's tough to get a meeting with someone you don't know, to pitch your new idea or product. Selling Hive envisions arranging that meeting for you, through a variety of channels - be it phone, social networking, or video chat.

The company's brain trust envisions entrepreneurs and companies large and small will pay them $50 a month to connect them with worthwhile business partners.

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Thu December 29, 2011
2011's most important stories

Top 10: Your favorite tech stories

Inevitably, "gee whiz" tech stories are our most popular.  

Our readers love to learn more about strange advances that are changing some corner of the world, "why didn't I think of that" moments, and technologies that will help revolutionize our economy.

This year was no exception. So here are the top 10 tech stories, based on page views, from the Innovation Trail this year.

2011: Year in Tech from the Innovation Trail

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