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January 31, 2013
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  Policy Watch 
  • Bill would expand H-1B visa program
    A Senate bill seeks to make more temporary H-1B visas available to foreign workers and to raise money for STEM education with a fee that employers pay for visas. Groups representing engineers and programmers criticized the bill, saying it effectively would give technology firms an unlimited ability to hire lower-paid foreign workers for positions that could be filled by U.S. workers. The Seattle Times (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Push seeks changes in privacy-protection law
    Groups and companies including Google are pushing to alter the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to allow e-mails and documents stored in the cloud to receive the same protections as paper documents. David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, says government requests for user data are up more than 70% in the past four years. Bloomberg (1/28) , Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Commentary: Case could spur Congress to act on Net neutrality
    Net neutrality could get congressional attention before any other tech-policy issue, Larry Downes writes. A pending legal case threatens the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that Internet users get equal access to content. If the FCC loses, a House Democrat has promised to introduce legislation to strengthen the FCC's authority. CNET (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ITU standard could reduce network burden for video
    Wireless and wireline networks would get relief from bandwidth constraints under a new standard -- H.265 -- that an International Telecommunications Union working group has approved. The compression technology would consume half the bandwidth now required and open the door for HD video on wireless networks with limited capacity. TechCrunch (1/25) , Network World/IDG News Service (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • E-mails suggest tech firms had no-poaching agreements
    A batch of e-mails posted by The Verge appear to outline agreements among large technology firms not to recruit each others' workers. A pending lawsuit filed by workers alleges that Apple and Google suppressed wages through such agreements. CNET (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die."
--Malachy McCourt,
Irish-American actor, writer and politician


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