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+ - Use of Forced Labor 'Systemic' in Malaysian IT Manufacturing->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The use of forced labor is so prevalent in the Malaysian electronics manufacturing industry that there is hardly a major brand name that isn't touched by the illegal practice, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and undertaken by Verité, a nonprofit organization focused on labor issues. The two-year study surveyed more than 500 migrant workers at around 200 companies in Malaysia's IT manufacturing sector and found one in three were working under conditions of forced labor."
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+ - College Students: Want To Earn More? Take A COBOL Class->

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jfruh (300774) writes "With a lot of debate over the value of a college education, here's a data point students can use: at one Texas college, students who took an elective COBOL class earned on average $10,000 more a year upon graduation than classmates who hadn't. COBOL, dropped from many curricula years ago as an outdated language, is tenaciously holding on in the industry, as many universities are belatedly starting to realize."
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+ - FCC Gets Record Number of Net Neutrality Comments. What Now?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The deadline for the public to comment on the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, a record number for an FCC proceeding — and by far eclipsing the 1.4 million complaints the FCC received over Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. The agency will now focus on reading and analyzing comments, said agency spokeswoman Kim Hart. Employees from across the FCC will be called on to read comments and technology tools will also be used to analyze comments, she said. But the record-breaking number of comments may slow the process and there's no set timeline for the FCC to act on net neutrality rules, Hart said."
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+ - The Weird Cell Phones Of 2004->

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jfruh (300774) writes "2014 may be the golden age of smartphones, as handset companies have a handle on what people want and are selling it to them by the million. Ten years ago, though, the landscape was weirder and more interesting, with a host of Asian handset manufacturers trying to one up each other on new and sometimes bizarre features. Offerings ranged from the ahead-of-their-times (TV on your phone ... via a satellite connection) to the laughable (a phone you could hold against your forehead to take your temperature)."
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+ - HP Pleads Guilty To Bribing Russian Officials->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Hewlett-Packard has admitted in a U.S. court that its Russian subsidiary paid millions in bribes to Russian officials in order to win a contract. The scheme involves selling HP products to a reseller and then buying them back, with money shuffled through various shell corporations and proceeds spent on 'luxury automobiles, expensive jewelry, clothing, furniture and various other items' by Russian officials. Ironically, the contract HP was going for was with the Russian federal prosecutor's office."
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+ - Matrox Returns With Graphic Card That Can Drive Six 4K Displays->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you were a gamer in the '90s, you remember the time when owning a Matrox Millennium card meant you were hardcore. Since then, the company has retreated into specialized niches, supporting high-end applications on desktops and owning only a tiny market share, but it's making a bold bid for a comback: a passively cooled AMD-based graphics card that can support up to six 4K displays simultaneously."
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+ - HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division->

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jfruh (300774) writes "In 2010, HP tried to buy its way into the analytics game by shelling out billions for Autonomy, a deal that was a famous disaster. But that isn't stopping the company from making big buys: it will be buying Eucalyptus, a cloud provider headed by ex MySQL AB CEO Marten Mickos, and bringing Mickos in to head the new HP Cloud division."
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+ - Verizon To Roll Out Mobile TV Service In 2015->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Remember when Intel was going to be the next big TV provider, but then realized that was hard and sold the business to Verizon? Well, Verizon is announcing what it's doing with it: a "mobile TV service" that will bring the big four broadcast networks plus "custom channels" to subscribers. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam was light on details, but said that the service wouldn't compete traditional pay TV offerings like Verizon's own FiOS, which probably means that it will be restricted to mobile devices only."
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+ - German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you send an email to support-de@google.com, Google's German support address, you'll receive an automatic reply informing you that Google will not respond to or even read your message, due to the large number of emails received at that address. Now a German court has ruled that this is an unacceptable response, based on a German law saying that companies must provide a means for customers to communicate with them."
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+ - Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The top European court has ruled that libraries have the right to digitize the contents of the books in their collections, even if the copyright holders on those books don't want them to. There's a catch, though: those digitized versions can only be accessed on dedicated terminals in the library itself. If library patrons want to print the book out or download it to a thumb drive, they will need to pay the publisher."
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+ - How can programmers move up professionally?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Climb the ladder; make more money. Sounds good, right? But if you're a developer, you've first got to choose your ladder. In a recent blog post, Eric Bloom, an IT leadership development consultant and former CIO, tackles the question of developer career advancement. His advice sends readers down one of two (very broad) possible paths: 1) get deeply technical or 2) use your tech cred to open doors, but start pivoting into management. Are those really the only two options available to developers who want to advance in their careers?"
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+ - Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

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jfruh (300774) writes "China is notorious for censoring the Internet for its citizens, and access in the country became particularly spotty last year as the government tried to block any commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Tiannamen Square massacre. But now one Chinese man is striking back through the courts. A 26-year-old legal practitioner is suing his cell phone company, the government-owned China Unicom, and demanding a refund for periods in which he was unable to access Gmail or Google's Hong Kong search page."

+ - How China's E-waste Capital Is Trying to Clean Itself Up->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "If you want to see where your old electronics go to die, take a trip to Guiyu. For two decades, PCs, phones and other electronics have been shipped to this town on the southeast coast of China, where locals in thousands of small workshops pull them apart with buzz saws and pliers to extract the valuable components inside. But things may finally be changing. A sign posted by a small stream in the town declares that Guiyu will crack down on any 'acid cleaning, and burning activities.' And residents said it's rare now to see 'board burning' in the town itself, with that and other dangerous activities having been moved to an industrial park to the north."
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+ - Home Depot Confirms Breach Of Its Payment Systems->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Home Depot said Monday that its payment systems had been breached, potentially affecting any customers who shopped at its stores in the U.S. and Canada since April. There's no evidence yet that debit card PIN numbers had been compromised, the company said, though it is still figuring out the scope and scale of the attacks."
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+ - Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Slideshows are an increasingly popular (and, for publishers, lucrative) web content genre. So why not automate their production? Microsoft had a beta tool that was part of Bing Image Search that did just that, but took it down in the face of a lawsuit from Getty Images. It turns out that, unlike a human web content producer, Bing couldn't distinguish between images publishers have the rights to use and images they didn't."
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