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Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

If Ebola's a problem here, just imagine it in India

By Patrick Thibodeau | 30 October, 2014 07:03

As the U.S. has discovered, it only takes a few cases of Ebola to turn things upside down.

Startup aims to bring order to performance monitoring

By Patrick Thibodeau | 29 October, 2014 06:51

The IT market is seeing a rush of startups that monitor apps, data, websites, servers and networks. This is a great trend for best-of-breed IT shoppers, but deployment of multiple tools creates its own problems.

Feds set to destroy H-1B records

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 October, 2014 07:42

The U.S. has changed its H-1B record retention policy to the concern of people who study the visa's impact on the workforce and economy.

Sen. Hatch calls high-skilled worker shortage ‘a crisis'

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 October, 2014 07:46

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) this week outlined the Republican tech agenda for the next Congress, and took a position that puts him at odds with some in his own party.

Automation arrives at restaurants (but don't blame rising minimum wages)

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 October, 2014 21:28

McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. It isn't the only food chain doing this.

IBM's chip business sale gets national security scrutiny

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 October, 2014 07:29

IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.

IBM prepares for a post-silicon world

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 06:45

IBM's decision to get out of the semiconductor manufacturing business may be of little consequence in a post-silicon world.

H-1B fraud may cost you your car and ‘gorgeous contemporary'

By Patrick Thibodeau | 18 October, 2014 07:01

In an H-1B fraud case in Texas, the U.S. is using forfeiture laws to try and extract a heavy price from the defendants.

Why datacentres can be massive, but not gigantic

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 October, 2014 21:43

The IT industry has long abused words, and will label almost any new product as innovative and disruptive. Data center developers, especially those who write the headlines about data centers, are particularly bad.

Despite recent gains, the best year for tech employment remains 2001

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 October, 2014 00:36

In 2001, the tech industry employed 6.5 million people. Then the bubble burst, and payrolls shrank dramatically.

Offshoring remark haunts GOP Senate candidate in Georgia

By Patrick Thibodeau | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Offshore outsourcing doesn't always get much attention in U.S. Senate races, but the issue is pitting two political newcomers against each other in Georgia.

Obama H-1B reform plan draws Grassley's ire

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 October, 2014 21:20

President Barack Obama plans to make the H-1B system "more efficient" through executive action, a move that's drawing negative reaction from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

Once again, Congress risks allowing an Internet access tax

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 October, 2014 07:06

Putting a tax on Internet access has been compared to charging people to enter a physical shopping mall. The idea strikes many as absurd, including most lawmakers. But Congress is drifting in the direction of letting this tax moratorium expire in mid-December.

Why we live in an anti-tech age

By Patrick Thibodeau | 09 October, 2014 04:46

Though it seems as if we're sourrounded by innovative products, services and technologies, there's a growing counter argument that we're living in a dismal era. Science is hated. Real technological progress has stalled. And what we call innovation today really isn't very innovative.

Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

By Patrick Thibodeau | 08 October, 2014 06:57

The Internet of Things, and everything that's part of its universe, including smart machines, pervasive analytics and 3D printing, are on Gartner's annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead.