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+ - Zuckerberg, Ballmer-Led Groups: Jesse Jackson Wrong About Foreign Tech Workers

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: Contrary to what Jesse Jackson says, what's really holding back black and other Americans from jobs is the lack of foreign tech workers with H-1B visas, according to a new research brief entitled The H-1B Employment Effect , which is being jointly promoted by Mark Zuckerberg's PAC and Steve Ballmer's Partnership for a New American Economy Action Fund. Released on April 1st to coincide with the first day of FY2016 H-1B petition filings, the report claims that "every 1 additional H-1B visa awarded to a state was associated with the creation of 1.83 more jobs for U.S.-born workers," while noting that other studies pegged the H-1B job multiplier anywhere from 1 to 5. Curiously, a Google image search of the photo of a young black male that dominates the report — presumably a U.S.-born worker who owes his job to a high-tech immigrant — indicates the image of the U.S. worker is identical to one gracing the website of a UK memory distributor, except it's been Photoshopped from color to black-and-white, giving it a civil rights movement-era vibe. April Fools' Day joke, Mark and Steve?

+ - Google Code shutting down->

Submitted by flote
flote writes: "As developers migrated away from Google Code, a growing share of the remaining projects were spam or abuse. Lately, the administrative load has consisted almost exclusively of abuse management. After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service simply isn’t needed anymore.

Beginning today, we have disabled new project creation on Google Code. We will be shutting down the service about 10 months from now on January 25th, 2016. Below, we provide links to migration tools designed to help you move your projects off of Google Code. We will also make ourselves available over the next three months to those projects that need help migrating from Google Code to other hosts."

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+ - Kubuntu 15.04 Will Be Based on KDE5->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: Kubuntu Vivid is the development name for what will be released in April next year as Kubuntu 15.04. The exciting news is that following some discussion and some wavering the Kubuntu team will be switching to Plasma 5 by default. They claim that it has shown itself as a solid and reliable platform and it's time to show it off to the world. There are some bits which are missing from Plasma 5 which are planned to be filled in over the next six months. As another technical detail, Debian git is now used to store the packaging in a Kubuntu branch, so hopefully it will be easier to share updates.
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