H1B Visa: What It Is, the Proposed Visa Reforms, and More Things You Need to Know


With a hard stance on immigration, the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 that will overhaul the popular H1B and L1 visas has been tabled in the US Congress. This reform bill, if passed, would mean significant changes in the way the H1B visas are granted to companies and allocated to em …
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Shutterstock adds an image editor to unstock your stock photos

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screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-11-01-48-am Stock photo site Shutterstock has been around since 2003 but now the stock photo site gotten an 21s century upgrade. The site now has a built in photo editor that lets you create clever graphics on the fly for social media, sharing, and blogging. The tool is fairly rudimentary – you can add text and images to the photos as well as filters – but it’s fun. The impetus was… Read More

San Fransisco Bay Times Response to the Election of Trump.

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WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other c…

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NerdlyNews article classifier updated today

In a quest for an even more selective algorithm to focus on more interesting articles (plus some bug fixes only I will notice!) I’ve updated the classifier to narrow it’s idea of what is interesting.  I’m starting work now on reducing the overall number of articles it will post by using a more granular scoring technique.

w00t!, Robert

PageLoadStats is now available on GitHub

PageLoadStats is a tool I wrote to grab and display performance and stats about web pages and chart the data in a simple and useful way. It also has the ability to send alerts when the page load times moving average gets past a configurable alert level. It’s written in Python using Django. If you have any interest in digging into the source code, grabbing a copy for ideas, or to start a new project, have at it! I’m open to any input, as well.

http://robert.arles.us/pageloadstats-is-now-on-github/

Robert Arles (http://robert.arles.us)

The Weekender: revamping Android and remembering Bobby Womack

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Welcome back to The Weekender. Every Saturday morning, The Verge will give you something to do. This is where you’ll get the best of what we’ve written this week, but also a reason to get up and actually do something with your life — even if that something is dreaming of the far off places you might go.

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed, along with a snapshot of the things you should be doing with your days off. Have a look.

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Aereo Shutters Its TV Streaming Service… For Now

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chromecast-aereo In less than an hour the streaming TV service Aereo will “pause” its operations. In an email sent at 9 AM Eastern Saturday, Chet Kanojia informed customers that because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this week , the company would temporarily halt its operations at 11:30 Eastern as it consults with the court to plan its next steps. The New York based company is… Read More

Aereo to suspend service at 11:30 EST today

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On the heels of its Supreme Court loss, Aereo has announced it will suspend service starting today at 11:30am, Eastern Standard Time. CEO Chet Kanojia announced the suspension in a letter to customers this morning, saying the service would be temporarily paused as the company consults with the court on possible next steps. All users will also receive a refund for their last paid month of service.

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Is software superstar Hatsune Miku a better pop icon than Justin Bieber?

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Let’s hope Hatsune Miku is the future of pop.

Last year on a trip to Japan, the character bombarded me. Arcades, shopping complexes, subways, television programs and convenience stores were polka-dotted with her glowing face. If you wanted something, chances were it came emblazoned with Miku branding, be it a toy figurine or a hyper-sexualized pastry.

How had someone, or something, become so popular across the world, and yet my colleagues and I had hardly heard of it? My curiosity led, as I suspect it does with many Miku fans, to a bit of obsession. The littlest bit of investigation reveals Miku isn’t just a pop star; she’s a bold improvement on the way we engage with intellectual property. She’s what Justin Bieber, Mickey Mouse and…

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Is software superstar Hatsune Miku a better pop icon than Justin Bieber?

See the original posting on The Verge

Let’s hope Hatsune Miku is the future of pop.

Last year on a trip to Japan, the character bombarded me. Arcades, shopping complexes, subways, television programs and convenience stores were polka-dotted with her glowing face. If you wanted something, chances were it came emblazoned with Miku branding, be it a toy figurine or a hyper-sexualized pastry.

How had someone, or something, become so popular across the world, and yet my colleagues and I had hardly heard of it? My curiosity led, as I suspect it does with many Miku fans, to a bit of obsession. The littlest bit of investigation reveals Miku isn’t just a pop star; she’s a bold improvement on the way we engage with intellectual property. She’s what Justin Bieber, Mickey Mouse and…

Continue reading…

Publishers offer free/discounted ebooks of the print books you own with Bitlit

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Bitlit works with publishers to get you free or discounted access to digital copies of books you own in print: you use the free app (Android/Ios) to take a picture of the book’s copyright page with your name printed in ink, and the publisher unlocks a free or discounted ebook version.

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