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January 3, 2013
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  Policy Watch 
  • Analysis: How the "fiscal cliff" deal may affect research funding
    The "fiscal cliff" bill passed by Congress this week temporarily averts sequestration, but requires $12 billion to be cut from discretionary spending over the next two years, a move that may affect funding for research and development. President Barack Obama has said he opposes cuts to research spending, but Congress will decide which programs to cut. Science lobbyists say research agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health may see cuts. blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmakers extend tech R&D credit in "fiscal cliff" bill:   The technology industry is applauding lawmakers for extending the research-and-development tax credit through 2013 as part of the "fiscal cliff" package passed by Congress this week. "The R&D credit has been, and will remain, a cost-effective policy for increasing research activity and producing a dollar-for-dollar increase in research spending," said Telecommunications Industry Association President Grant Seiffert. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New patent law protects design features
    A law signed last month by President Barack Obama expands protections for distinctive design elements, such as the look and feel of Apple's iPad. The main goal of the legislation is to sync U.S. patent law with other countries so that inventors can submit the same design patent application to multiple countries, Jeff John Roberts writes. Some say the law could strain the U.S. Patent Office by inviting a flood of new applications. GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Mobile-tech innovation might slow down in 2013
    Continuing economic uncertainty, declining consumer confidence and seemingly unending battles over intellectual property will conspire to place a damper on mobile-tech innovation in 2013, experts say. Although service providers will push ahead with major 4G rollouts, consumers can expect little of interest to emerge from the mobile-handset industry, which will remain mired in increasingly contentious patent battles. "True innovation and true revolutionary change are out of the picture for now," Wayne Rash writes. eWeek (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis looks at potential changes for carrier Ethernet in 2013
    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will release a standard for 400 gigabit-per-second Ethernet networking in 2013, Craig Matsumoto writes. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certifications are expected next month, and the Metro Ethernet Forum is expected to address Ethernet services on clouds provided by carriers in 2013, Matsumoto writes. Light Reading (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career & Workforce Development 
  • Enterprises find agility in short supply among programmers
    The software industry is facing a significant shortage of "agile" developers, who help companies design solutions that make more efficient use of resources and respond more quickly to customer needs, a study finds. According to an analysis by staffing firm Yoh Services, enterprises looking to capitalize on the incremental, collaborative programming skills characteristic of agile software development found only 17 candidates for every 100 open jobs between 2010 and 2012, a talent shortage that may lead some companies to hire developers who are unqualified for the task at hand. eWeek (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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