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February 7, 2013
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  Policy Watch 
  • Bill revives debate on H-1B visas
    A provision in the Immigration Innovation Act that would increase the cap on H-1B visas each year is drawing criticism, including from IEEE-USA and other groups representing U.S. workers. "The businesses that will most benefit from an expansion of the H-1B program are outsourcing companies," IEEE-USA President Marc Apter said in a statement. The Hill/Hillicon Valley (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White House expands Presidential Innovation Fellows program
    The Obama administration is accepting applications for Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which recruits top innovators and entrepreneurs from the private sector to work with the federal government for six to 12 months on open data initiatives, electronic health records, disaster response and other projects. The second round includes five new projects, as well as continuing work on projects from the first round of the program. Applications for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program are being accepted through March 17. InformationWeek (2/5) , The White House Blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Google, Microsoft support FCC proposal for free Wi-Fi networks
    Google and Microsoft are joining an industry effort in support of a Federal Communications Commission proposal for free Wi-Fi networks using existing spectrum. Wireless carriers and some Republican members of Congress oppose the plan, with the GOP saying such spectrum should be auctioned to private enterprise. Cisco Systems and other suppliers of networking and telecommunications equipment are asking the FCC to guard against interference for the public airwaves. The Washington Post (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts tout smart grid after Super Bowl power outage
    A power outage during the Super Bowl highlights the need for upgraded infrastructure and shows the value the smart grid could deliver to the U.S., not only in terms of lights but in security and financial viability, experts say. "Almost every aspect of our economy is touched by electricity, from banking to hospitals to world markets. The worst-case scenario could be devastating," researcher Susan Tierney says. NBC News (2/5) , National Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • Texas companies foster "engineers in training"
    Before an engineering graduate can become a licensed engineer in Texas, he or she must get work experience and prepare for the licensing exam. Leaders of the nonprofit American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston say businesses are taking steps to support these "engineers in training" through sessions that explain what's expected of them as employees, including how to dress properly, the importance of arriving on time and interacting with clients. Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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