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H-1B Employers May Have To Fund U.S. Scholarships

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Vegas BBQ -- Burn PC Burn
2. Today's Top Story
    - Bill Could Force H-1B Employers To Fund U.S. Scholarships
    Related Stories
    - Senator Skeptical About Permanent Internet Tax Break
    - Why Tech Employers Hate Congress' New Immigration Reform Bill
    - Business-Consumer Coalition Calls On Congress For Universal Broadband
    - No Child Left Behind Could Get Boost For Tech
3. Breaking News
    - Court Ruling Impacts Liability For User-Generated Content
    - Estonian Attacks Raise Concern Over Cyber 'Nuclear Winter'
    - Electronics Industry Outlines Plan For National E-Recycling Program
    - Google Reportedly Ready To Buy FeedBurner
    - Microsoft Says It Has All It Needs For Ad Business
    - Microsoft-Novell Pact Good For Novell; Is It Good For Open Source?
    - The Move To Web 2.0 Increases Security Challenges
    - Web 2.0: Workers See Friend, Employers See Foe
    - IBM, Others Join To Develop 32-Nanometer Microprocessors
    - Dell Releases Linux Desktops, Notebook
    - Radiation Fears Drive Sales Of Protective Gear
    - Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Xbox Sparked Fire That Killed Baby
4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
    - At Interop, Security Talk Is Largely About Network Access Control
    - (Missing) Without A Trace: The IBM Tapes
    - The Top 10 Most Influential Security Visionaries Of All Time
    - Why Do Workers Steal Data?
    - More Than A Quarter Of Companies Do Not Enforce Wireless Security
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Good Mobile Messaging
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest." -- Isaac Asimov


1. Editor's Note: Vegas BBQ -- Burn, PC, Burn

Picture a beautiful sunset over the desert, the glow of the Vegas skyline in the distance. Then a towering wave of flames leap into the air that crackles with the heat -- a man just set his computer on fire.

And I'm not talking about a little fire. This was a 1,700-degree blaze that engulfed ioSafe's network-attached storage device with four hard drives inside.

Come on ... how many of us have had violent fantasies about setting our computers ablaze at one time or another? Well, this wasn't one of those situations, but it sure was a heck of a lot of fun to watch. And what was more interesting was that once they put the fire out and cooled the box down a bit, the ioSafe guys were able to retrieve the data that was on the hard drives inside.

No, seriously. I'm not even kidding. They put the hard drives in a new machine, fired them up (pun intended), and pulled up the information. Good as new.

You can see it for yourself in our image gallery of the demo.

I have to say it was the best damn demo I've ever seen. All the other companies hitting Interop with PowerPoint presentations and funky costumes need to rethink their marketing plans a little. The ball of fire in a vacant lot outside of a place called Screw Balls was one nice touch.

Here's the deal... ioSafe is a small company that makes disaster-proof hardware that's supposed to protect data from fire or flood. Why does this matter? As CEO Robb Moore put it, "It's the one thing you can't get insurance for to get it back. You have a fire and you can get new desks and chairs but you can't get your data back." To read more about the company, its products, and how exactly this really cool demo went down, go to my blog entry here.

Sharon Gaudin
sgaudin@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Bill Could Force H-1B Employers To Fund U.S. Scholarships
Currently, the United States charges a fee of $1,500 for each H-1B petition that gets earmarked to fund training and education programs for U.S. workers.

Related Stories:

Senator Skeptical About Permanent Internet Tax Break
The chairman of a key Senate committee Wednesday expressed reservations about a proposal to permanently ban state taxes on Internet access.

Why Tech Employers Hate Congress' New Immigration Reform Bill
Major corporations say the legislation's restrictive provisions and fine print will handcuff their ability to hire the talent they need to compete globally.

Business-Consumer Coalition Calls On Congress For Universal Broadband
The coalition says it is "imperative" that Congress acts so the United States doesn't fall further behind in making broadband networks an integral part of the nation's economic and social life.

No Child Left Behind Could Get Boost For Tech
New legislation would invest in classroom technology to prepare U.S. students for work in the information economy.


3. Breaking News

Court Ruling Impacts Liability For User-Generated Content
Web sites may now be held responsible for some users' illegal or inflammatory content following court case against Roommates.com.

Estonian Attacks Raise Concern Over Cyber 'Nuclear Winter'
The cyberattacks against Estonia were particularly damaging, as the country had to shut down key computer systems for their own protection.

Electronics Industry Outlines Plan For National E-Recycling Program
The plan represents a consensus among IT and TV manufacturers on the best way to implement a national program to meet the electronics recycling challenge.

Google Reportedly Ready To Buy FeedBurner
The deal could potentially further inflate the Internet advertising company bubble.

Microsoft Says It Has All It Needs For Ad Business
Microsoft said Wednesday it does not need to buy Yahoo to gain scale in online advertising, because it has "all the pieces" it needs to build a successful ad business.

Microsoft-Novell Pact Good For Novell; Is It Good For Open Source?
Novell will file the documents of its Microsoft pact by the end of the month, a Novell spokesman told the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The Move To Web 2.0 Increases Security Challenges
As more companies deploy cool Web 2.0 technologies, careful planning is required to avoid new kinds of security problems.

Web 2.0: Workers See Friend, Employers See Foe
Most companies are more concerned with blocking Web site categories, such as those labeled "adult" or "gambling," than with targeting individual Web sites, a new report notes.

IBM, Others Join To Develop 32-Nanometer Microprocessors
The smaller the design, the more transistors can be built on the microprocessor, increasing its performance-to-power ratio.

Dell Releases Linux Desktops, Notebook
The computers, running the Ubuntu operating system, mark the highest-profile consumer market showcase yet for open source software.

Radiation Fears Drive Sales Of Protective Gear
Despite scientists' latest findings, shelter from gadgets like mobile phones and Wi-Fi base stations is a thriving business.

Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Xbox Sparked Fire That Killed Baby
The suit was filed by Wade Kline's estate and seeks unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.

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4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/security/

At Interop, Security Talk Is Largely About Network Access Control
Here at Interop, there's a lot of focus on security, and a lot of that security attention is aimed right at network access control. It's a hot-button topic here. The question plaguing many IT and security managers, though, might be where to get started.

(Missing) Without A Trace: The IBM Tapes
Did you read about the missing IBM Tapes? It's almost like another undecipherable episode from "Lost," except it's a car that may have crashed in this case, apparently, and it's tapes that got lost in the aftermath.

The Top 10 Most Influential Security Visionaries Of All Time
AT&T chief security officer Ed Amoroso, speaking before a packed auditorium at his company's cybersecurity conference, wanted to test the collective knowledge of those in the room. How well-studied were they in the visionaries who've had the greatest impact on IT security? Not very well, it turns out, as few could put names to the faces projected as part of Amoroso's slide show. Amoroso was giving props to the giants on whose shoulders today's security pros stand.

Why Do Workers Steal Data?
I was fascinated by Sharon Gaudin's recent article reporting that 45% of professionals steal data when they leave their jobs. I couldn't help wondering why they do it. A desire to suck up to their new supervisors? A sense of grievance against the company that they're leaving? Or just because they can?

More Than A Quarter Of Companies Do Not Enforce Wireless Security
According to a survey by Infosecurity Europe, 26% of companies do not enforce wireless security. So all those Wi-Fi networks out there are wide open?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Senior Technical Consultant in Uniondale, NY

Agilent seeking IT Associate in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Consultant in Roseville, CA

American Home Mortgage seeking Systems Developer Associate in Melville, NY

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

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