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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Should H-1B Employers Pay For U.S. Students' Degrees?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Backs Down On Vista License Transfers
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Cuts Deal With Novell To Support Suse Linux
    - Virtual Mac Machine Adds Vista Install
    - Microsoft Delivering IE7 As Automatic Update
    - IBM Offers Management Tool For Virtual And Physica Servers
    - Hurd Continues To Field HP Spy Scandal Inquiries
    - Brief: CA's Ex-CEO Gets 12 Years, $8M Fine For Fraud
    - Survey: Consumers Less Concerned About Online Security
    - Report: Congress Boosts Security Funding And Tightens Scrutiny
    - Watchdog Sounds Alarm On 'Surveillance Societies'
    - Review: WS-FTP Pro Makes File-Wrangling Easy
    - Hackers Aim At Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
    - Cisco Patches Flaw In Security Agent Software
    - Microsoft Releases New Version Of Windows Embedded CE Kernel Under Shared Source
    - Republicans Outnumber Democrats Online
    - FTC Mulls The Meaning Of Monopoly
4. Grab Bag
    - Tech's Threat To National Security (BusinessWeek)
    - In A Mobile Society, It's Good To Have Portable Power, Too (NY Times - Reg. Required)
    - Digital Mudslinging (BusinessWeek)
    - Groups Ask FTC To Probe Online Ads (Washington Post)
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech
    - Review: Office Live A Big Deal For Small Businesses
    - Review: Netgear's Skype Phone Keeps You Connected
    - Review: Get 'Hands-On' With Alternative Keyboards
    - YouTube Hopes To Be On Mobile Devices In 2007
    - Google Takes Aim At Fast E-Mail For Mobile Phones
    - iPod Owners Willing To Switch To Microsoft Zune
6. Voice Of Authority
    - The CAN-SPAM Act's Costly Charade
7. White Papers
    - Unified Anti-Piracy Software Protection: Strategies For Securing License Management And Ensuring Software Revenues
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Should H-1B Employers Pay For U.S. Students' Degrees?

Would more Americans pursue technology careers if those students got their college educations for free? The Programmers Guild, an advocacy group for U.S. tech professionals, thinks so.

In fact, the guild is about to announce a new proposal advocating that the U.S. government provide "100% subsidies" of tuition and expenses for American students enrolled in degree programs in computer science, engineering, and other fields where there are U.S. skill shortages.

How would the U.S. pay for such a program, you ask? One source for funding could come from hiking government fees that U.S. companies pay to employ foreign H-1B visa holders to $5,000 per worker, per year.

Right now, employers pay a one-time government fee of about $1,500 per H-1B worker. (Current costs for each H-1B visa are higher if an employer wants expedited processing, or if you count legal fees or visa renewals.)

Even if the government fees were to be raised annually to $5,000 per H-1B worker, "that's still a bargain," says Kim Berry, president of the Programmers Guild. "Many of those workers are being underpaid by $10,000 to $20,000 or more a year," he alleges.

By increasing H-1B fees for the "roughly 500,000" H-1B workers he estimates are currently in the United States, Berry calculates that the government could afford to pay tuition costs averaging $20,000 per year for 125,000 American students.

That could cover a four-year education depending where you go. Tuition and fees at four-year private colleges for 2006 and 2007 average at $22,218, according to new figures by The College Board. Those costs at a four-year public college average at $5,836--and if you live on-campus, those costs rise to about $12,800 for in-state students, according to The College Board.

The guild doesn't have a huge lobby group in Washington, D.C., admits Berry. However, once things settle down after the midterm elections, the guild wants to raise awareness of its proposal and will approach members of Congress about supporting the idea, he says.

So far, a plan to raise H-1B visa fees doesn't sit well with some other advocacy groups, especially those representing employers that depend heavily on H-1B talent.

The Programmers Guild's proposed fees are "excessive," said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the American Council on International Personnel and chairman at Compete America, in an e-mail to InformationWeek.

According to Shotwell, "Since the inception of the H-1B program, U.S. employers have paid more than $1 billion in H-1B training and scholarship fees that have funded more than 40,000 scholarships for U.S. students in math and science, and funded hands-on science programs for 75,000 middle and high school students and 3,000 teachers.

"Until enough American students take an interest in studying math, science and engineering, we cannot afford to close the door to qualified, highly educated foreign workers by raising H-1B fees even further," she says.

What do you think? We'd like to know. Check out my blog at InformationWeek.com and give us your opinion.

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
mmcgee@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Backs Down On Vista License Transfers
Following a firestorm of criticism, Microsoft has relaxed rules that would have limited the number of times a user could reassign his or her Windows Vista license to a new machine.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Cuts Deal With Novell To Support Suse Linux
Microsoft and Novell will jointly develop virtualization technology to simplify running Linux on Windows and vice-versa. Also, Microsoft will hand out coupons for maintenance and upgrades of Suse Linux, and protect Suse Linux users against patent infringement claims from Microsoft.

Virtual Mac Machine Adds Vista Install
Parallels has updated its virtualization software for Intel-powered Macs by stealthing the virtual hardware from outsiders. It has also added a one-step wizard that walks users through the process of installing an operating system to a virtual machine.

Microsoft Delivering IE7 As Automatic Update
The IE7 update to the Internet Explorer browser has begun downloading its way to millions of Windows XP users as a "high-priority" automatic update.

IBM Offers Management Tool For Virtual And Physical Servers
While it won't do everything, IBM says its new tool can manage and virtualize about 80% of a heterogeneous data center.

Hurd Continues To Field HP Spy Scandal Inquiries
On Wednesday, HP released a copy of Hurd's written responses to questions that follow up on a September congressional hearing on the HP spying scandal.

Brief: CA's Ex-CEO Gets 12 Years, $8M Fine For Fraud
Sanjay Kumar was also sentenced to three years of supervised release for each of the eight counts to which he pleaded guilty, including conspiracy, securities fraud, and obstruction of justice.

Survey: Consumers Less Concerned About Online Security
Consumer trust in online transactions is up, according to a survey published Thursday, which found that Americans are less concerned about online security now than they were two years ago.

Report: Congress Boosts Security Funding And Tightens Scrutiny
The DHS and the DOD are slated to receive about $20 billion more for wartime and security mission spending. And Congress will be watching closely to ensure that the money is well spent.

Watchdog Sounds Alarm On 'Surveillance Societies'
Civil liberties group Privacy International categorizes the United States as an "extensive" surveillance society, just one step below its most extreme category, countries—including the U.K.—that practice "endemic" surveillance against the individual.

Review: WS-FTP Pro Makes File-Wrangling Easy
It may have started out as a plain-vanilla utility for FTP transfers, but new features make it an all-around winner for managing and moving files.

Hackers Aim At Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
A Microsoft advisory says the company is investigating the critical vulnerability and promises to include a fix in the next security bulletin, due Nov. 14.

Cisco Patches Flaw In Security Agent Software
If not patched, the flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain access to the Web-based interface of Cisco's CSAMC application by entering a valid administrative username along with a blank password, according to a company advisory.

Microsoft Releases New Version Of Windows Embedded CE Kernel Under Shared Source
The new version improves networking to allow industrial, scientific, and consumer devices that use it to "phone home" to restock inventory and perform other functions. The upgrade also beefs up security.

Republicans Outnumber Democrats Online
The Web site with the highest concentration of Republicans is RushLimbaugh.com, while BlackAmericaWeb.com had the highest percentage of Democrats.

FTC Mulls The Meaning Of Monopoly
The FTC is looking into how competition should be regulated in the digital age.

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4. Grab Bag

Tech's Threat To National Security (BusinessWeek)
The industry's globalization has sparked a debate between companies and the federal government about the security risks of outsourcing.

In A Mobile Society, It's Good To Have Portable Power, Too (NY Times - Reg. Required)
The Proporta USB mobile device charger is devilishly simple, not to mention useful. It's a 4.2-ounce smart battery that can power and charge almost anything on the go.

Digital Mudslinging (BusinessWeek)
As the 2006 elections near, smear tactics are going high-tech in a bid to sway Net-surfing voters.

Groups Ask FTC To Probe Online Ads (Washington Post)
Two consumer advocacy groups ask the FTC to investigate online advertising practices of Internet companies, asserting that the practices violate consumer privacy.


5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech

Review: Office Live A Big Deal For Small Businesses
Office Live—especially the free services—can help small businesses transition from static Web sites to interactive Web sites. Transactional capabilities are expected later.

Review: Netgear's Skype Phone Keeps You Connected
It looks like a mobile phone, it works like a mobile phone, but it's just for Skype—and "mobile" is in the eye of the beholder.

Review: Get 'Hands-On' With Alternative Keyboards
Three models promise greater comfort, easier learning, and faster typing. But how well do they actually work?

YouTube Hopes To Be On Mobile Devices In 2007
A new mobile service could enable users to share videos with others in the YouTube community directly via their phones.

Google Takes Aim At Fast E-Mail For Mobile Phones
Gmail for mobile promises computer-like response times and capabilities for viewing e-mail. Although it will run on any phone with Java software, the initial service targets U.S. customers of Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cingular.

iPod Owners Willing To Switch To Microsoft Zune
IPod users don't "display the same passionate loyalty to iPods that Macintosh users have historically shown," says an analyst for ABI.


6. Voice Of Authority

The CAN-SPAM Act's Costly Charade
Is the Internet really a safe place to do business? Many of us think so—but many more of us, I suspect, deal with the question by sitting on it and changing the subject.


7. White Papers

Unified Anti-Piracy Software Protection: Strategies For Securing License Management And Ensuring Software Revenues
This paper examines the challenges that independent software vendors face protecting their intellectual property and looks at ways they can maximize the benefits of anti-piracy solutions. It shows how a consolidation of software protection techniques allows ISVs to actively monitor the sources of piracy and stop them at their source.


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