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February 21, 2013
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  • Analysis: Offshore outsourcing firms get most H-1B visas
    The firms that use the most H-1B visas are offshore outsourcers or U.S.-based companies that mostly employ workers located overseas, according to an analysis of data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The largest user of H-1B visas last year was Cognizant, an offshore provider based in New Jersey. "This is just affirmation that H-1B has become the outsourcing visa," said Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Computerworld (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama calls for action against litigious patent holders
    Congress needs to take tougher action against patent holders who routinely sue technology companies even though they don't actually make any products, President Barack Obama says. Many companies that might have a strong legal case against the litigants -- often referred to as "trolls" -- prefer to settle rather than incur legal costs. "Our efforts at patent reform only went halfway to the point where they need to go," Obama said in an online chat session, adding that it's also important to protect intellectual-property rights. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: U.S. is leader of nanotech research
    U.S.-based scientists are the leaders in applying for nanotechnology-based patents, being involved in 54% of such applications and grants worldwide in 2012, according to a law firm's study. South Korea, Japan, Germany and China ranked behind the U.S. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. regulators give the green light to SCE on energy storage
    The California Public Utilities Commission is requiring Southern California Edison to procure some power from energy storage and other preferred resources as part of a plan to add up to 1.8 gigawatts of capacity in the Los Angeles area over the next eight years. Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance hailed the decision. "It’s a first. It’s pretty big in that regard," she said. "A whole lot of different types of companies are eyeing this market, with particular great interest from traditional power plant and renewable energy developers." North American Windpower online (2/14) , Bloomberg Businessweek (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • Company aims to match tech professionals with employers
    A steady stream of technology startups is making it more difficult for companies to hire engineers, Rip Empson writes, but a company called GroupTalent aims to match employers with tech professionals. "By really focusing on what the talent wants, we're creating a new category of on-demand staffing for highly technical and strategically critical roles," GroupTalent CEO Manuel Medina says. TechCrunch (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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