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Is Donald Trump right about H-1B visa abuse?

May 03, 2017

In one of the more egregious abuses of the program, the Times reported, Tata Consultancy Services used H-1B workers to watch how Toys R Us accountants did their jobs, ultimately leading to the jobs moving overseas. As one example, the newspaper reported that an H-1B visa employee sat next to a Toys R Us accountant and “studied and recorded the accountant’s every keystroke, taking screen shots of her computer and detailed notes on how she issued payments for toys sold in the company’s megastores.”

Here's why women, blacks and Hispanics are leaving tech

May 02, 2017

Toxic workplaces -- where harassment, stereotyping and bullying occur -- are driving away women and people of color, undercutting technology companies' efforts to increase diversity and costing an estimated $16 billion a year.

Rethinking internet policy will boost connected economy

May 01, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement that he will seek to restore U.S. innovation policy to the modern, bipartisan approach that has guided the internet's growth and evolution in our country for more than two decades is a huge win for consumers, our connected economy and our digital democracy.

Artificial intelligence will replace half of all jobs in the next decade, says widely followed technologist

May 01, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the wave of the future, the influential technologist told CNBC, calling it the "singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together, including electricity, [the] industrial revolution, internet, mobile internet -- because AI is pervasive." "It is the decision engine that will replace people," Lee said, adding that AI capabilities far exceed those of humanity.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Modernize U.S. Government Info Tech

May 01, 2017

President Donald Trump announced on Monday he has signed an executive order creating a new technology council to "transfer and modernize" the U.S. government's information technology systems. A White House official confirmed Monday that about 20 technology chief executives will attend meetings at the White House in early June to talk about improving government information technology.

Elon Musk Is Determined to Change the World

April 30, 2017

Tesla investors love CEO Elon Musk. Musk is a visionary genius and entrepreneurial billionaire who is often compared to "Iron Man" superhero protagonist Tony Stark. But while Musk fans are excited by his insatiable thirst for innovative technology, Tesla investors may be getting uneasy about his growing number of outside commitments.

Space exploration's benefits well worth the costs

April 30, 2017

Space is the subject of much wonder and fantasy, as well as research and debate. Currently, that debate tends to center around whether or not funding for space exploration and research should be cut in favor of other pressing needs, such as education and the environment, and it should not be.

China Launches 1st Domestically-Made Aircraft Carrier

April 27, 2017

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor, the Soviet-built Liaoning, also underwent extensive refurbishing before being commissioned in 2012, the Ministry of National Defense said.

FCC head unveils plan to roll back net neutrality

April 27, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday revealed his plans for rolling back net neutrality, one of the most controversial items up for consideration at the agency. During a speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Pai said he plans to hand regulatory jurisdiction of broadband providers back to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an agency that critics argue is less prepared to handle them.

FCC chair to reveal anti-net neutrality plans this week

April 26, 2017

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to lay out his case this week for repealing the agency’s net neutrality rules, according to multiple media reports. Pai will give a speech on the future of internet regulation Wednesday at an event hosted by the conservative FreedomWorks group.

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