Ann BednarzAssistant Managing Editor, Features, Network World

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I write feature stories aimed at enterprise IT pros. I’m particularly interested in career-related subjects, such as hiring trends, salary data, in-demand skills and staffing strategies. I can’t resist stories about buildings and architectural design.

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IBM scores most patents in 2016, while Apple just misses the top 10

The five companies that earned the most U.S. patents last year are the same five companies that dominated the 2015 ranking of top patent recipients.

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Tech patent leader remains IBM, but Google accelerates

IBM acquired more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But Google has quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.

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Is Yahoo's telework ban shortsighted or savvy?

Employee morale will plummet and key people will quit as Yahoo forces workers to the office, critics say. But data about telecommuting comes to different conclusions.

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IBM dominates 2012 patent count with Google, Apple surging

IBM earned 6,478 utility patents last year, topping the list of patent winners for the 20th year in a row

Far fewer CIOs blocking holiday shopping at work

Last year, 60 percent of CIOs polled said their companies block access to online shopping sites. Today, only 33 percent block access to retail sites, according to survey data from staffing firm Robert Half Technology.

Top 5 Cities for Big Data Jobs

San Francisco tops the Modis list, followed by McLean, Va., Boston, St. Louis and Toronto, and the roles that companies in these cities are fighting to fill include data scientist, data analyst, business intelligence professional and data modeling/data modeler.