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Submission + - Buh-bye, H-1B's 1

DogDude writes: From the Washington Post: Trump and Sessions plan to restrict highly skilled foreign workers. Hyderabad says to bring it on.
"Trump has described H-1Bs as a “cheap labor program” subject to “widespread, rampant” abuse. Sessions co-sponsored legislation last year with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to effectively gut the program; Issa, a congressman with Trump’s ear, released a statement Wednesday saying he was reintroducing similar legislation called the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act."

Submission + - Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid

DogDude writes: National Security Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont
This week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shared the Grizzly Steppe malware code with executives from 16 sectors nationwide, including the financial, utility and transportation industries, a senior administration official said. Vermont utility officials identified the code within their operations and reported it to federal officials Friday, the official said.

Submission + - SPAM: Cards of Humanity Digs a Holiday Hole

DogDude writes: The makers of Cards Against Humanity does an annual holiday stunt, and this year, they dug a Holiday Hole. People sent them money, and in return, they dug a hole. That's it.
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Submission + - Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 to reporters (nytimes.com)

DogDude writes: Microsoft is releasing an update to Windows 8, that, while not restoring the original Start menu that so many geeks have lamented the loss of, is compromising with a modified version.
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Submission + - Google going to paid-only product search (blogspot.com)

DogDude writes: Like the subject says: Google is moving to paid-only product search. It has always been free to submit items to Google, but that all changes this fall. Here's a blog post announcing the change from the Vice President of Product Management of Google Shopping
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Submission + - Google sends out barcodes to Favorite Places (google.com)

DogDude writes: Google sent out approximately 100,000 barcodes to local businesses deemed "favorite places" based on their own criteria (http://www.google.com/help/maps/favoriteplaces/business/faq.html#biz-faq-decal). These barcodes are scannable by any smartphone, and provide all kinds of nifty information about the business. The business where I work got one, and we're wondering what we could and/or should do with the program from our end.

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