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Submission + - How H-1B Visas Are Screwing Tech Workers (motherjones.com)

hessian writes: "To be sure, America's tech economy has long depended on foreign-born workers. "Immigrants have founded 40 percent of companies in the tech sector that were financed by venture capital and went on to become public in the U.S., among them Yahoo, eBay, Intel, and Google," writes Laszlo Bock, Google's senior VP of "people operations," which, along with other tech giants such as HP and Microsoft, strongly supports a big increase in H-1B visas. "In 2012, these companies employed roughly 560,000 workers and generated $63 billion in sales."

But in reality, most of today's H-1B workers don't stick around to become the next Albert Einstein or Sergey Brin. ComputerWorld revealed last week that the top 10 users of H-1B visas last year were all offshore outsourcing firms such as Tata and Infosys. Together these firms hired nearly half of all H-1B workers, and less than 3 percent of them applied to become permanent residents. "The H-1B worker learns the job and then rotates back to the home country and takes the work with him," explains Ron Hira, an immigration expert who teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. None other than India's former commerce secretary once dubbed the H-1B the "outsourcing visa.""


Submission + - SLAYER's 'Raining Blood' Featured In Commercial For Google's New Chromebook (blabbermouth.net)

hessian writes: "SLAYER's classic song "Raining Blood" is featured in a 30-second commercial for Google's new $249 Chromebooks from Samsung. Check it out below. The ad is part of Google's new ad campaign that is designed around the "a computer for everyone" theme.

Google's new Chromebooks will be sold in 100 Best Buy stores, to be expanded to 500 stores, which will have special Chromebook kiosks staffed by Google-trained specialists. The new Chromebook will also be available for order online, including in the Google Play store."


Submission + - What an anti-Google antitrust case by the FTC may look like (cnet.com)

hessian writes: "It's not certain that Google will face a federal antitrust lawsuit by year's end. But if that happens, it seems likely to follow an outline sketched by Thomas Barnett, a Washington, D.C., lawyer on the payroll of Google's competitors.

Barnett laid out his arguments during a presentation here last night: Google is unfairly prioritizing its own services such as flight search over those offered by rivals such as Expedia, and it's unfairly incorporating reviews from Yelp without asking for permission.

"They systematically reinforce their dominance in search and search advertising," Barnett said during a debate on search engines and antitrust organized by the Federalist Society. "Google's case ought to have been brought a year or two ago.""


Submission + - Rick Santorum: Reverse the Santorum Google Bomb (examiner.com)

hessian writes: "This is a reverse Google bomb, which means that you will replace that #1 search result with the obscene anti-Santorum site. For every link that goes to the correct Santorum site, the real Santorum site inches upward in the Google rankings and un-does what it took these angry liberals so long to do.

Give it a shot and try to help out a Republican candidate, even if he's not the one you ultimately want to vote for."


Submission + - Google removes anti-police website when police ask it to (mcso.org)

hessian writes: "Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives have been investigating Brooks since January when they became aware of TargetingCops.com, an internet website that hails all cop killers as ‘heros.’ The site and its author even posted a photo of slain MCSO deputy William Coleman with the internet vernacular LOL (laugh out loud) emblazoned over it.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives recently travelled to California to Google headquarters in order to serve search warrants on the internet giant to determine the IP address from which the threats originated.

At the request of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Google headquarters removed the site from the internet."

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