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December 13, 2012
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  Policy Watch 
  • Tech industry seeks congressional help in protecting R&D
    Foreign competitors are turning to theft and espionage -- as well as legal maneuvers such as licensing agreements and mergers -- to profit from U.S.-developed technology, according to lawmakers, who are discussing ways to keep taxpayer-funded research and development from benefiting other countries. Members of a House subcommittee heard from industry representatives, including Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, who called for a limited antitrust exemption that would allow U.S. firms to legally collude to fend off coercion from foreign companies. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Support for new Internet rules is touted at U.N. conference
    The chairman of a U.N. conference considering regulation of the Internet declared Thursday that there is a consensus among U.N. countries to support a proposal for greater government oversight over the Internet. The action, which didn't involve a formal vote, sparked backlash from a U.S.-led bloc that opposes new Internet rules. The conference is scheduled to end Friday after making the first revisions of global telecom rules since 1988. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds OK open-source software linked to "nondesignated" countries
    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has ruled that open-source software products made in a "designated country" comply with the Trade Agreement Act, even if most of the source code is written in a nondesignated country. The ruling makes it possible for more software companies to do business with federal agencies, said Yves de Montcheuil of open-source provider Talend. ZDNet (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Smartphone vendors lobby Congress on adding spectrum
    A group of nine smartphone-makers, equipment firms and chipmakers lobbied Congress to free up additional frequencies for wireless use beyond the TV spectrum auction that federal regulators are preparing. In a letter sent to key lawmakers Tuesday, the companies, which included Apple, Intel, Samsung Electronics and Cisco Systems, called on Congress to free up spectrum controlled by federal agencies. "As technology companies, we joined this debate because policymakers need to know that we cannot simply engineer our way out of this problem," the letter said. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. lab may represent the future of nanotech
    A lab at the State University of New York at Albany houses 2,500 employees, many using nanotechnology for breakthroughs in technology and industrial production. One area of study involves overcoming the limits of current transistor technology. "It's going to run into probably a 4-nanometer, 3-nanometer [limit]. And then we're going to switch to bottom-up nanotechnology," says Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of SUNY Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • What an MBA can do for an IT professional's career
    IT professionals who aim for a master's degree should focus on an executive-level role they want to secure, Dave Ballai of Reed Technology & Information Services says. Those seeking an MBA, for example, should keep their tech skills honed and build their management skills, Ballai says. "The MBA ensures exposure to business disciplines that are critical to your developing a holistic view of business," he says. Computerworld (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IEEE-USA Activities 
  • IEEE-USA Joins Engineering and Science Community to Ask Congress not to Cut R&D Budgets
    A group of science and engineering organizations, including IEEE-USA, has sent a letter to Congress urging it to shield research and development budgets from budget cuts. "It is important to recognize that federal research and development (R&D) investments are not driving our national deficits. These investments account for less than one-fifth of the current discretionary budget, but discretionary spending is the only place where deep cuts will be made. Placing a significant burden on these crucial areas, as sequestration would do, is nothing less than a threat to national competitiveness," the letter says. Read more.
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