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U.s. Tech Employment Nears Its All-Time High
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U.s. Tech Employment Nears Its All-Time High

The U.S. technology industry added 7,100 jobs in November, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the TechServe Alliance. The increase raises...

Will Microsoft's 'minority Report' ­i Leap-Frog Apple?
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Will Microsoft's 'minority Report' ­i Leap-Frog Apple?

Although Apple has pioneered the mainstream multitouch user interface (UI), Microsoft could provide the next major UI breakthrough by combining voice, touch, and...

A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution
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A High-Tech Pioneer Reflects on the Digital Revolution

In an interview, Frederico Faggin, who led the design and development of the first microprocessor in 1970, says he sees a future in which quantum and cognitive...

This Year's H-1b Cap Is Reached at Quicker Pace
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This Year's H-1b Cap Is Reached at Quicker Pace

The annual H-1B cap has been reached two months ahead of last year's pace, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Nov. 23. 

Robots Are Taking Mid-Level Jobs, Changing the Economy
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Robots Are Taking Mid-Level Jobs, Changing the Economy

The eventual replacement of humans by robots and computers in enough jobs will eventually transform the economic landscape, and this process has already begun,...

High-Skill Visa Reform Needs Action By Congress, Obama Says
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High-Skill Visa Reform Needs Action By Congress, Obama Says

Congressional action is needed to overhaul high-skill immigration policy, President Obama said during a meeting of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness...

Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment
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Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment

Despite a higher-than-normal rate of unemployment and a weak economy, salaries for engineers are on the upswing. 

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PC Era Giving Way to 'Contextual Intelligence,' Say Top IT Execs

Many information technology leaders say the importance of a single type of device, such as the computer, tablet, or smartphone, is waning as more data moves to...

'hadoop Alternative' to Be Open Sourced
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'hadoop Alternative' to Be Open Sourced

LexisNexis will open source its HPCC Systems supercomputing platform and offer developers an alternative to the Hadoop framework for large-scale data processing...

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It Employment Passes 4 Million Again, Regains Recession Losses

In November 2008, two months after Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and Hewlett-Packard announced plans to lay off some 25,000 workers, IT employment reached...

Facebook Helps Tornado Victims Find Lost Items
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Facebook Helps Tornado Victims Find Lost Items

People who have found items in the aftermath of the tornadoes that recently ripped through the southeastern United States are using Facebook to find the items'...

Bin Laden's Villa Lacked Internet, Phone Service
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Bin Laden's Villa Lacked Internet, Phone Service

The absence of Internet and telephone service at Osama bin Laden's $1 million hiding place helped tip off intelligence experts that the Al Qaeda leader was indeed...

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Justices Question Microsoft's Vision of Patent Law

U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Monday whether they should side with Microsoft and weaken the legal standard needed to invalidate a patent, with some justices...

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Iranian General Accuses Siemens of Helping ­.s., Israel Build Stuxnet

An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his...

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Mentorship Key For Women in It, Says Collaborate Panel

A recent panel discussion at the Collaborate 11 Oracle user conference concluded that mentors and sponsors are crucial to helping women advance their careers in...

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Computer Science Enrollments Rebound, ­p 10% Last Fall

Computer science enrollments increased for the third consecutive year at Ph.D.-granting institutions, are up 10 percent from a year ago, but are still below the...

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Ibm's Watson Not As Smart As You Think

As smart as IBM's Watson supercomputer may have seemed while defeating two former Jeopardy champions, it wouldn't be able to hold a conversation with or speak...

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U.s. Can Conduct Offsite Searches of Computers Seized at Borders, Court Rules

Laptop computers and other digital devices carried into the U.S. may be seized from travelers without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection...

What a Cyberwar With China Might Look Like
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What a Cyberwar With China Might Look Like

A cyberwar scenario hypothesized by former U.S. State Department diplomat Christopher Bronk in a report published in the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Studies paints...

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Big Data to Drive a Surveillance Society

As real-time and batch analytics evolve using big data processing engines such as Hadoop, corporations will be able to track our activities, habits, and locations...
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