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November 15, 2012
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  Policy Watch 
  • Spending limits hurt participation in science, engineering conferences
    The Office of Management and Budget has placed caps on conference spending by federal agencies, which has forced some science and technology associations, including IEEE, to restrict participation at conferences or even cancel some events, writes Chris Brantley, the managing director of IEEE-USA. Congress is considering bills that would further restrict conference spending. IEEE-USA has recommended that professional science and engineering conferences and other types of meetings be exempt from conference-spending limits, Brantley writes. IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cybersecurity measure fails in Senate; Obama mulls executive order
    A bill to bolster the nation's cybersecurity has again failed to reach a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans opposed the measure, which would have created voluntary standards for companies involved in critical industries, saying it represented a slippery slope to additional government regulation. Observers say the failure makes it more likely that President Barack Obama will act to strengthen cybersecurity through an executive order. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/14) , Bloomberg (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House science committee will see membership changes
    The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is set to undergo a significant turnover, with 10 members retiring or losing their seat in the election. The committee will have a new leader, since Chairman Ralph Hall, R-Texas, faces term limits under House rules. The panel oversees policies for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, NASA and other science agencies. Insider blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Technology Trends 
  • Feds look to the private sector to bolster tech innovation
    Federal agencies are looking to technology startups in the private sector amid tight budgets, experts say. In lieu of direct support, government initiatives such as the Startup America Partnership and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program are working to expand opportunities for companies in industries such as health IT and the smart grid, which rank high on the Obama administration's priority list. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Career & Workforce Development 
  • America's heartland emerges as possible home for tech startups
    Google's ultra-fast broadband network in Kansas City, Kan., is a magnet for technology entrepreneurs, who since September have been turning a section of the city's antiques district into a "startup village." Experts say the transition reflects a wider trend in the tech sector, as firms seeking room to grow broaden their horizons beyond Seattle, San Francisco and Boston and flock to places such as Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa. The Wall Street Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft "hackathon" aims to help young developers
    Microsoft's Wowzapp 2012 event attracted about 17,000 application developers, many of them students, and matched mentors from the company with budding engineers. The goal is to help students learn about the technical aspects and opportunities in app development. TechCrunch (11/9) , eWeek (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."
--Ernest Hemingway,
American author and journalist

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