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YouTube Video Instructs Firms How To Avoid Hiring U.S. IT Workers

In This Issue: YouTube Video Instructs Firms How To Avoid Hiring U.S. IT Workers
1. Editor's Note: The H-1B Debate: Beneath The Policy, The Personal
2. Today's Top Story
    - YouTube Video On Avoiding U.S. Job Applicants Angers Programmers
    Related Story:
    - With Immigration, Tech CEOs' Policy Pitch Runs Into Washington Realities
3. Breaking News
    - Yahoo CEO Semel Steps Down, Co-Founder Yang Takes His Place
    - Blockbuster Favors Blu-ray Movies Over HD DVD
    - YouTube Adds Adobe Online Video Editing Software
    - IBM Sees Software Acquisitions Key To Profit Rise
    - Microsoft Releases Two New Dynamics ERP Suites
    - IT Managers Say Risk Of Data Loss Is Bad And Getting Worse
    - Mitch Kapor: Virtual Worlds Are Like A Drug Experience
    - Apple Says iPhone Battery Life Longer Than Expected
    - Linux Community Looks Past Microsoft
    - The Gadgets Of Summer
    - Intel Bets Big On The Ultramobile PC
    - In Fight Against Botnets, Warning Victims Is Half The Battle
    - Applications May Be The iPhone's Shortcoming
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - Google Might Take A Transparency Lesson From Itself
    - Google, Intel Going Green Spotlights Energy Cost Concerns
    - Google Mobile Search Ads Coming Sooner Than You Think
    - There Will Be No Real Third-Party Application Development On The iPhone
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Mobile Data Security Essentials For Your Mobile Workforce
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." -- Sir J.M. Barrie


1. Editor's Note: The H-1B Debate: Beneath The Policy, The Personal

I've spent the last few weeks researching an article on H-1B visas, and it's been both illuminating and painful to dig underneath the press releases of high-tech firms, lobbying groups, and politicians and talk to the individuals directly impacted by how many H-1B visas are issued -- and how many of those guest workers actually get green cards.

Although admittedly anecdotal, I keep hearing two things: first, that older IT workers -- even those who have kept their skills up to date or are clearly competent to acquire new ones -- are getting the shaft in favor of younger workers. And when employers run out of young U.S. citizens to hire, they turn to the (on average) very young H-1B visa holders before they'll look at the seasoned 45-year-old Americans.

Second, many foreign H-1B holders are feeling a vicious backlash as the trend toward outsourcing continues and as technology companies keep issuing their dire warnings that without more H-1Bs they'll have to send more jobs offshore. Actually, H-1B holders -- the majority of whom are Indian -- get hit with a double whammy: Not only do they get paid less, on average, than their American citizen counterparts, they're often very personally blamed for keeping IT salaries artificially depressed because of what many claim is an oversaturated IT labor market. "It's gotten very ugly very fast," one H-1B holder told me.

Ugly indeed. My head is reeling from all the government testimony, analyst reports, and academic studies that have been done this topic. But very little seems new other than the steadily increasing acrimony of participants on both sides of this debate, which has been dragging on for years.

My feature won't be published for a few weeks, and I'd be interested in hearing from you before I file it. What's your personal experience with the H-1B visa program? Do you think we really need to raise the cap to continue innovating? Or is that a smokescreen for companies seeking cheap labor? Let us know your thoughts by replying to the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

YouTube Video On Avoiding U.S. Job Applicants Angers Programmers
IT professionals criticize a law firm's video play-by-play description on how to circumvent the PERM process in favor of H-1B visas.

Related Story:

With Immigration, Tech CEOs' Policy Pitch Runs Into Washington Realities
As tech leaders lobby for openness in "trade and talent," immigration reform hits a skid.


3. Breaking News

Yahoo CEO Semel Steps Down, Co-Founder Yang Takes His Place
The change comes as a growing number of stockholders believe Semel had taken the company in a direction that made it less competitive than its rival Google.

Blockbuster Favors Blu-ray Movies Over HD DVD
The video-rental company left open the possibility of changing its product mix in the future, however.

YouTube Adds Adobe Online Video Editing Software
The addition may prove particularly useful to those who upload videos from cell phones, which typically lack video editing software.

IBM Sees Software Acquisitions Key To Profit Rise
IBM may acquire more software companies this year following two recent purchases as it tries to boost software's share of total IBM profit to 50%, according to analysts.

Microsoft Releases Two New Dynamics ERP Suites
The updates complete an initiative to give all four of Microsoft's ERP suites a common look and feel.

IT Managers Say Risk Of Data Loss Is Bad And Getting Worse
Nearly half of IT and compliance professionals say their companies aren't doing enough to cut data loss, and many also say it's only going to get worse.

Mitch Kapor: Virtual Worlds Are Like A Drug Experience
Virtual worlds are driven by "crazy people" with a shared mystical vision, but -- like the PC and Internet revolutions -- they'll result in practical benefits for everyone, said PC pioneer Mitch Kapor.

Apple Says iPhone Battery Life Longer Than Expected
Apple said Monday the battery of its iPhone will be better than expected, providing up to eight hours of mobile phone talk time or six hours of Internet use.

Linux Community Looks Past Microsoft
At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, developers discussed the evolution of the operating system -- and tried to shrug off the patent threat.

The Gadgets Of Summer
Looking for some high-tech diversions this season? Check out the latest in gadgets that are more than mere toys -- but fun, too.

Intel Bets Big On The Ultramobile PC
The chipmaker is counting on an untried, untested computer category.

In Fight Against Botnets, Warning Victims Is Half The Battle
Combing through IP addresses is one of the biggest jobs ever for the FBI.

Applications May Be The iPhone's Shortcoming
Questions of performance and security are raised over Apple's Web-based approach.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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Google Might Take A Transparency Lesson From Itself
Google's been in the doghouse recently with privacy. Last week, watchdog group Privacy International ranked Google last among its peers in privacy, while Google simultaneously tried to quell European Union concerns that the company's data retention policies didn't meet EU rules to delete unneeded data by saying it would anonymize data after 18 months. Meanwhile, the company's getting heat for street-level maps that have caught people urinating in bushes and showing a little too much thong.

Google, Intel Going Green Spotlights Energy Cost Concerns
Lest you think that the recent rush, led by Google and Intel, to embrace green-computing concerns marks the re-emergence of some kind of touchy-feely, 1960s-style environmentally conscious lifestyle, think again. True, it is the 40th anniversary of the famous (infamous? iconic? overhyped? hard to remember?) "Summer of Love." But what's really going on here boils down to simple concerns about the almighty dollar: Running racks of blade servers is expensive, and users aren't interesting in paying high energy tabs anymore.

Google Mobile Search Ads Coming Sooner Than You Think
It looks like mobile search ads could soon take off in what is arguable the world's most advanced wireless market, South Korea. Looks like mobile search advertising is on its way.

There Will Be No Real Third-Party Application Development On The iPhone
After the Jobsnote at WWDC, almost everyone (including yours truly) thought that the iPhone would be open to third-party applications. But in the last two days, close scrutiny of Jobs' announcement has led some experts to conclude that the iPhone will not be anywhere near as open as we first thought.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Indymac Bank seeking VP of Network Engineering in Pasadena, CA

McCamish Systems seeking Manager of Quality Assurance in Atlanta, GA

Agilent seeking Senior Solutions Architect in Santa Clara, CA

Union Telephone/Union Wireless seeking Network Administration Specialist in Mountain View, WY

D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P seeking Senior Windows Architect in New York, NY

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


6. White Papers

Mobile Data Security Essentials For Your Mobile Workforce
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