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Facebook doubles its office space in Seattle, where it has grown from 90 to 400 employees in two years (Todd Bishop/GeekWire)

Facebook Seattle held a hackathon at the Space Needle today, with the theme “Tear Down This Wall,” encouraging employees to come up with ways to improve internal collaboration. Facebook’s Seattle office has reached a whopping 400 employees — and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Paul Carduner, Facebook Seattle site lead, at the company’s hackathon today at the Space Needle. Just this week, Facebook expanded onto a fourth floor inside its Seattle building, and the company plans to take occupancy of another two floors next month, effectively doubling the space in what is already Facebook’s largest engineering outpost outside of its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. All told, the six floors could provide room for as many as 800 people. That’s up from just two employees when Facebook opened in Seattle in 2010, and 90 employees when it moved to its current building in the city in 2012. “Seattle is just a hotbed of awesome talent,” said  Paul Carduner, the Facebook Seattle site lead, in an interview with GeekWire this evening. “We have a bunch of companies that have been here for a long time, building up Seattle as this great technology hub. It’s been a huge boon for us to be here. … There’s a lot of room for us to grow in this market.” Facebook is part of a wave of Silicon Valley companies that have expanded to the Seattle region by opening engineering offices here, boosting the region’s status as a tech hub, but also making it more difficult for smaller startups to recruit and retain top talent. Earlier this year, a real estate source said Facebook was eyeing space in the Macy’s building in downtown Seattle for future expansion, but Carduner declined to comment today when asked about that possibility. He said the company plans to remain in its current building “for now.” One downside of the existing setup is that the additional floors aren’t contiguous. Facebook employees take part in the hackathon at the Space Needle today

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Tony Fadell’s task: Define Google Glass 2.0 – Mashable

Mashable Tony Fadell's task: Define Google Glass 2.0 Mashable And while he spoke about the rise of new sensors and the need to learn more about them, he noted that his company was not building mobile or wearable devices. Perhaps it was something else Fadell said that day that stuck with Brin –- also in attendance ... and more »

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