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+ - Personal history may thrust new Microsoft CEO into visa debate->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "The personal history of Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, may draw him into the immigration debate over visas. His background, born in Hyderabad, earning advanced degrees in the U.S., exemplifies the type of STEM expertise that Microsoft's cites for visa liberalization. Microsoft has long argued that U.S. schools do not produce enough computer science grads. Said Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, "We have imported people, in part, because when we started the 1980s, we didn't have the capacity in our higher education institutions to produce the degrees that would be needed to take these new jobs." But Microsoft's assertions of a skills shortage have long been disputed. "Microsoft's lobbyists and executives have played the leading role in misinforming the public and policymakers about how the H-1B and L-1 visa programs are used in practice," says Ron Hira, a public policy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. What is certain is that Indian community in Silicon Valley is "bursting with pride" over Microsoft's new CEO, reports the LA Times."
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Cellphones

+ - Samsung unveils the Galaxy S4

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "It’s been leaked, teased, accused of being a copy of its predecessor, and celebrated as the likely champion of the mobile ecosystem for 2013. Samsung has finally unveiled the next in their line of globally available smartphones, the Galaxy S4. The phone carries a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution at 441ppi, weighs only 130 grams and is no more than 7.9mm think. On the inside, Exynos based Octo-Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and the Snapdragon based Quad Core 1.9GHz processor power this beautiful machine. Galaxy S4 is also packing a 2GB of RAM, 2600mAh battery and microSD slot are accessible though the removable rear panel. S4 will include several new features such as Air Gesture, Smart Pause, and Smart Scroll. Samsung's vice president of portfolio planning said that many of the software improvements in the Samsung Galaxy S4 could make their way into existing Samsung Galaxy S3 phones."
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+ - Reserve Bank of India rejects Islamic Banking-> 1

Submitted by vencs
vencs (1937504) writes "Earning interest on deposits is prohibited under Islamic banking. Instead, the money could be utilised for enterprises and the profit earned from their functioning could be shared by investors. There had been offers of Islamic funding schemes from NRIs and groups in the Middle East and other countries. However, the Governor of Reserve Bank of India said that Islamic banking is not permissible under existing rules.

In its intended form, Islamic banking as advocated by the Prophet would be close to venture capital or even a mutual fund – where the investor earns nothing if his money makes a business loss. He gets a share of profit or dividends if the venture or underlying investment makes a profit."

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China

+ - China's stealth fighter flight test successful->

Submitted by vencs
vencs (1937504) writes "China has successfully tested its second stealth fighter, a smaller, twin-engine jet that military analysts said could potentially allow it to one day fly missions from an aircraft carrier. Military analysts said the new jet's design suggested the People's Liberation Army might use it to arm and escort aircraft carriers like the Liaoning , which was officially deployed last month. Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of Kanwa Asian Defense Monthly, said the new prototype appears to have borrowed features from the US Air Force's twin-engine F-22 and US Navy's single-engine F-35C."
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Comment: please (Score 1) 322

by vencs (#41460369) Attached to: Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains
when I see my little nieces/nephews profusely excited at junk food, it feels bad but at the same time an inner voice says 'aren't these the one of the highest levels of excitement he/she is ever going to have, please don't let them down with big facts you know they cannot understand..'

PS: they hate me

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