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Indiana law is fast having 'definite negative impact' on tech

By Patrick Thibodeau | 01 April, 2015 00:39

Organizers of the upcoming Indy Big Data Conference are feeling the impact of the tech industry's anger over Indiana's new "religious freedom" law and want state lawmakers to correct the law -- quickly.

Indiana's law delivers real hurt to this state tech grad

By Patrick Thibodeau | 31 March, 2015 07:17

Tech sector companies are far from angels on the issue of equality. Despite losing her case last week, Ellen Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, drew attention to the tech industry's "boys club" culture and gender imbalances. But when it comes to gay and lesbian equality, this industry is vocal in its defense of it, combative and willing to challenge political leaders.

White House making it easier to get an L-1 visa

By Patrick Thibodeau | 26 March, 2015 23:10

The White House has released a memo intended to give clarity over how businesses may use the temporary L-1 work visa, a document derided by critics of the H-1B visa.

Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who wants to increase the H-1B cap by 500%

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 March, 2015 21:09

It's going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

IT workers' voices heard in the Senate, confidentially

By Patrick Thibodeau | 18 March, 2015 07:57

WASHINGTON - A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on the H-1B visa offered up a stew of policy arguments, positioning and frustration.

H-1B battle to take center stage in Senate on Tuesday

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 March, 2015 07:20

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the H-1B visa that will bring together the temporary visa's most outspoken critics and supporters.

Electrical engineering employment declines nearly 10%, but developers up 12%

By Patrick Thibodeau | 14 March, 2015 07:33

The number of people working as electrical engineers declined by 29,000 last year, continuing a long-standing trend, according to government data.

Behind the White House's claim of 545,000 unfilled IT jobs

By Patrick Thibodeau | 14 March, 2015 01:02

Earlier this week, the White House announced a plan to use $100 million in H-1B fees to help train people for technology jobs. To make its case for this new program, it said there were 545,000 "unfilled jobs" in information technology.

IBM workforce declined 12 per cent in 2014; losses tied to corporate divestitures

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 March, 2015 07:10

IBM's global workforce declined 1212 per cent last year, with most of the decrease due to corporate divestitures.

Clinton regrets, but defends, use of family email server

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 March, 2015 07:52

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that, in hindsight, her decision to use a private email server to conduct official business was not the best one. But she is defending it and said the system was secure.

HP creates new server line for Cloud computing

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 March, 2015 07:24

As more computing moves to cloud-based data centers, Hewlett-Packard is moving there, too.

The White House's $100M, H-1B funded tech job plan comes under fire

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 March, 2015 07:16

The White House has established a $100 million program that endorses fast-track, boot camp IT training efforts and other four-year degree alternatives. But this plan is drawing criticism because of the underlying message it sends in the H-1B battle.

State Department ducks security questions about Clinton emails

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 March, 2015 22:57

A week before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sworn into office in January 2009, clintonemail.com was registered as domain. It became Clinton's principal email address as secretary of state, and its use was known by U.S. officials.

Clinton's shadow IT would not have passed private sector muster

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 March, 2015 08:19

There are many questions regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of her private email to conduct official business. A leading one is whether the department's IT managers did anything to question or stop it.

Sensor tech makes predicting the future easier to do

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 February, 2015 08:07

LAS VEGAS - We no longer need seers, oracles and psychics to tell us about the future. The declining cost of sensor technology and the availability of cloud-based analytical platforms is making predictive analytics accessible to every industry and most products.

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