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Submission + - Visas for high-skilled workers could double under bipartisan Senate plan (

walterbyrd writes: "A Senate immigration plan would dramatically increase the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed into the country and give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering or math, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

The agreement would be a major victory for the tech industry, which has backed an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in recent months arguing that Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies are having trouble finding qualified workers because of visa limits."


Submission + - Silicon Valley presses Obama, Congress on immigration reform (

walterbyrd writes: "In a rare show of unity, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer were among a coalition of high-profile executives and venture capitalists to send a letter on Thursday to President Obama and congressional leaders pressing for a fix to restrictive immigration laws by year's end."

Submission + - Cringley: H-1B visa abuse limits wages and steals US jobs (

walterbyrd writes: "What he [Bill Gates] said to Congress may have been right for Microsoft but was wrong for America and can only lead to lower wages, lower employment, and a lower standard of living. This is a bigger deal than people understand: it’s the rebirth of industrial labor relations circa 1920. Our ignorance about the H-1B visa program is being used to unfairly limit wages and steal — yes, steal — jobs from US citizens."

Submission + - Apple wins injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab (

walterbyrd writes: "Apple won an injunction against Samsung’s 10-inch Galaxy Tab in a California federal court Tuesday after a judge ruled that Apple had made a “strong” claim that the Samsung tablet had improperly copied the design of the iPad.

“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wrote in her decision, according to the Associated Press.


Submission + - MS will remove OEM 'crapware' for $99 (

walterbyrd writes: "Microsoft even offers up numbers to show how detrimental this OEM-installed crapware is to your system. Microsoft claims that Signature systems start up 39 percent faster, go into sleep mode 23 percent faster, and resume from sleep a whopping 51 percent faster compared to their crapware-ladened counterparts. (A "Signature" system is one without crapware). But now, Microsoft will offer customers the opportunity to give their Windows 7 PC the Signature treatment by bringing it to a Microsoft Store and paying $99, according to the Wall Street Journal."

Submission + - Record Immigration Levels Robbed American High-Tech Workers of $10 Trillion (

walterbyrd writes: "hile there has been some attention paid by immigration researchers to the record numbers of immigrants residing in the United States, little attention has been paid to quantifying the adverse economic impacts to American citizens. A preliminary model is offered in this article that is consistent with observed economic trends. The economic losses of approximately $10 trillion to American knowledge workers are a consequence of workforce gluts. The legislative history of these changes is reviewed. Planned changes to the business model of American colleges and universities could dramatically increase the economic losses to American citizens. The article concludes with some relevant observations of recent American history and some policy suggestions."

Submission + - Offshoring shrinks number of IT jobs (

walterbyrd writes: "The number of IT jobs at large corporations is declining significantly, but within 10 years, this exodus may end as companies run out of jobs suitable for moving to low-cost countries, a new study says. . . As bleak as these numbers may seem, Michel Janssen, Hackett's chief research officer, said U.S. companies are doing what they need to do to be globally competitive."

Submission + - Reversing the Loss of STEM Careers (

walterbyrd writes: "In response to the alleged shortages of qualified American engineers and technology professionals, numerous initiatives have been launched to boost interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and to strengthen STEM education in the United States. Unfortunately, these programs have not proven successful, and many blame the laziness of modern students, the ineptitude of their teachers, poor parenting or, when there are no more other excuses remaining, they may even jump to moral decay as a causative agent. However, the failure of STEM is due to the fact that the very policies that created the shortages continue unabated. This is not a uniquely American problem. The best way to increase interest in STEM degrees is by making certain that STEM careers are actually viable."

Submission + - Is US Losing High-Skilled Jobs to Foreigners? (

walterbyrd writes: "Jennifer Wedel’s encounter with President Obama Monday has sparked debate on a controversial issue that many say lies at the heart of the U.S. economy: visas for high-skilled foreign workers.
Wedel’s husband, a semi-conductor engineer, hasn’t had a permanent job for three years. When she raised the issue during Monday’s Google+ “Hangout,” and asked why foreign workers were getting visas for high-skilled work, the president expressed surprise and asked her to send him her husband’s resume."


Submission + - HR 3012 is bad news for US IT workers (

walterbyrd writes: "I think it's fair to say that a disproportionate number of visa workers from India, and China, work in IT. As such, HR 3012, recently passed by the house, is even more bad news for US IT workers. 'Called the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act . . . H.R. 3012 would eliminate the current law that limits employment-based visas to any one country to 7 percent of the total number of such visas given out.'"

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