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Obama's trade win brings H-1B unease

There is wariness about President Barack Obama's push for new trade agreements that's likely to grow with the Senate's final approval Wednesday, by a 60-38 vote, of fast-track negotiating authority.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau25 June 15 20:15

IT workers replaced by foreign labor may regain federal benefit

As Southern California Edison (SCE) began replacing its IT workers with foreign labor, several IT employees asked the U.S. government for help. They submitted an application for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and explained why they believe trade played a role in their job loss.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau24 June 15 20:07

One in three datacentre servers is a zombie

A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau20 June 15 02:36

Stung, White House orders rapid cybersecurity fixes

The White House has ordered federal agencies to take immediate steps to make some basic cybersecurity fixes. The move follows a massive breach of government employee records.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau16 June 15 06:16

Labor Dept. plans H-1B probe -- one that could have an impact

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to investigate whether H-1B workers can be used to replace U.S. IT workers, according to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala). Both lawmakers have been leading a call for a probe of the controversial program.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau13 June 15 05:45

In a turnabout, Disney ABC TV cancels plans to outsource IT jobs

Just two weeks ago, the Disney ABC Television Group told a team of approximately 30 to 35 application developers that they were being laid off. Their jobs were being moved to an IT contractor with large offshore operations. Some were told their last day would be at the end of July.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau12 June 15 20:25

HP to help turn Avatar sequels into a digital attraction

The 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Avatar created a stir with audiences and critics for its themes, storytelling and special effects. Three sequels are in the works, with the first planned for release in December 2017. But this time around, Avatar may become much more than a film.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau05 June 15 00:00

Who should get the blame in IRS breach?

If cybercrime is visualized as a river, its headwaters may be in a doctor's office in places such as South Florida. It's here where a cellphone photograph of a medical form filled out by a patient can be sold for a minimum of $10.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau02 June 15 20:45

IRS cut its cybersecurity staff by 11% over four years

The Internal Revenue Service, which disclosed this week the breach of 100,000 taxpayer accounts, has been steadily reducing the size of its internal cybersecurity staff as it increases its security spending. This may seem paradoxical, but one observer suggested it could signal a shift to outsourcing.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau29 May 15 00:32

IBM defends use of temp visa workers

IBM says the growth in technologies such as cloud, analytics, mobile and security is "exacerbating the skills shortage" in the tech industry, and underscores the need for temporary foreign tech workers.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau23 May 15 03:11

H-1B employees crowd out other workers, says study

The battle over the H-1B visa is mostly a battle of brute political muscle on Capitol Hill, coupled with campaign spending. But in the quieter academic sphere, the visa is a topic of ongoing research, and a new paper by three economists is challenging some of the assertions made by the tech industry that H-1B workers deliver economic gains.

Written by Patrick Thibodeau13 May 15 04:29

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