CNet reports that Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos said yesterday that the company remains on schedule to announce a decision by the end of the year about the location of its much-discussed second headquarters city - HQ2, in which the company has pledged to invest $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

The story notes that “Bezos reiterated the company's timetable for announcing the winning city during a talk Thursday evening at the Economic Club of Washington, DC, but he didn't hint at which city he's leaning toward. DC, along with neighboring Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland, are widely viewed as the top potential picks.”