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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers
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dcblogs (1096431) writes On the floor of U.S. Senate Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scalding and sarcastic attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft, a chief supporter of the practice. Sessions’ speech began as a rebuttal to a recent New York Times op-ed […]

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Citing lack of interest, Lenovo pulls 8-inch Windows tablets from the US [Updated]
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Lenovo’s 8-inch Windows tablets can’t get traction in the US. Peter Bright Lenovo announced today that it will no longer sell its 8-inch Windows tablets in the US, less than a year after introducing both the lower-end Miix 2 8 and the high-end ThinkPad Tablet 8. IT World reports that Lenovo is stopping sales because of a […]

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Why Cutting 18,000 Jobs Was Likely Microsoft’s Plan All Along
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The news that Microsoft would be laying off up to 18,000 people this year – enough to populate a small town – came painfully swiftly.

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Android Wear doesn’t support watch face apps yet; API coming this year
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Matrix face and Starwatch, two early (and now unsupported) Android Wear watch faces. Dheera VenkatramanBonysoft Third-party watch faces on Android Wear seem like a no-brainer—there’s an app store, developers can make apps for the platform, and there is even a method for switching among the packed-in watch faces. Official documentation on how to make a custom watch […]

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Tech Entrepreneur Priya Haji, Founder And CEO Of SaveUp, Has Passed Away At 44
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 Priya Haji, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur known for her focus on socially-minded ventures in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces, most recently as CEO and co-founder of personal financial savings app SaveUp, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14th at the age of 44. SaveUp co-founder and CFO Sammy Shreibati confirmed the […]

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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design
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An anonymous reader writes with some exciting news from the world of processor design: Robert Watson at Cambridge (author of Capsicum) has written a blog post on SRI/Cambridge’s recent open sourcing of the hardware and software for the DARPA-sponsored CHERI processor — including laser cutting directions for an FPGA-based tablet! Described in their paper The […]

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Public to get to vote on names for exoplanets
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NASA Astronomers may be the world champions at giving fantastically dull names to spectacular objects. Over the years, catchy monickers like GRB 130606A and SDSS J150243.09+111557.3 have graced our pages. That trend has carried over into the naming of exoplanets, which picked up names like KOI 784.02 (where KOI is just short for “Kepler object […]

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In honor of their maybe-possible return, 10 essential Strong Bad e-mails
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Surprise! Strong Bad, it’s me! Homestar Runner! From school! homestarrunner.com Homestar Runner co-creator Matt Chapman made a bunch of 20- and 30-somethings happy when he said earlier this week that the cartoon could be making a comeback later this year following a successful experiment on April Fools’ Day. If you watched the cartoons during their heyday, […]

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France bans online book retailers from free delivery—Amazon now charges a penny
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Last month, the French parliament took a strong stand in favor of small book retailers. The governing body voted in favor of a proposed law to ban major online book retailers—including Amazon and the French retailer FNAC—from offering free delivery on book orders. The logic here is evident: hit consumers in the pocketbook, and they’ll be more inclined to […]

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