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[News] Thomas Friedman/New York Times Do Microsoft's Bidding for Cheaper Labour

  • Subject: [News] Thomas Friedman/New York Times Do Microsoft's Bidding for Cheaper Labour
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 23:37:43 +0100
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Mundie: Immigration and capitalism will save U.S. economy

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| So, did you read Thomas Friedman's column in 
| Sunday's New York Times? In it he floats an 
| idea for saving the U.S. economy by creating 
| jobs here for "high-IQ risk-takers" from 
| overseas. And it seems to be based off of an 
| interview he did with Craig Mundie, 
| Microsoft's chief research and strategy 
| officer.


Yes, America Needs More Start-Ups, but Here's What Start-Ups Need

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| Friedman's argument springs from what appears 
| to be an interview with Craig Mundie, the 
| chief research and strategy officer of 
| Microsoft (MSFT). Although Microsoft has been 
| a relative laggard technologically for at 
| least the last decade, Friedman appears to be 
| swept away by Mundie's viewpoint.


Friedman as a Microsoft mouthpiece.


Bill Gates: Tough US immigration stance a 'huge mistake'

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| Bill Gates called US immigration restrictions a "huge mistake" while on tour
| of India today, urging America to open its golden doors for more "smart
| people."


USâ tough stance on immigration a âhuge mistakeâ

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| New Delhi, July 24 âHow about making an exception for smart people,â asked Mr
| Bill Gates while addressing Nasscom CEO Forum in the Capital on Friday.
| The Chairman of Microsoft Corporation was referring to the immigration
| restrictions being imposed by the US.


H-1Bs under attack

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| Well, no - actually, Microsoft's obligation is to keep itself afloat in these
| difficult economic times, so that it can continue creating revenues for the
| American economy. And it's no surprise Microsoft would look to foreigners for
| help - 35 percent of the company's patent applications last year came from
| its H-1B and green-card employees.
| But these are delicate things to point out to the American public. Fearing
| more political demagoguery, Microsoft swiftly backpedaled, claiming that it
| plans to file "substantially fewer" H-1B applications this year, and adding
| that none of the foreigners will be replacing fired American workers.


Work-visa applications tumble

,----[ Quote ]
| Foreign companies seeking to place workers in American jobs were the big
| winners in the past, with Indian technology companies Infosys Technologies
| Ltd., Wipro Ltd. and Satyam Computer Services Ltd. netting 9,154 spots for
| the 2008 fiscal year, according to Citizen and Immigration Services. By
| comparison, Microsoft was awarded 1,037 H1-B visas and Intel got 351.



Guess Who's Getting the Most Work Visas

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| Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) are the only two traditional U.S. tech
| companies among the top 10. Microsoft received 959 visa petition approvals,
| or one fifth as many as Infosys, while Intel got 369.


Study: There Is No Shortage of U.S. Engineers

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| ...a new study from Duke University calls this argument bunk, stating
| that there is no shortage of engineers in the United States, and
| that offshoring is all about cost savings.


Is There a Shortage of U.S. Tech Workers?

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| Speaking before a Senate committee earlier this month, Gates said
| that America is facing a critical shortage of tech workers. He
| recommended boosting the number of H-1B visas to allow more foreign
| tech workers into the U.S.
| [...]
| "I think that has created an environment where the population of advanced
| skill workers has shrunk a lot in the U.S., because we just haven't created
| a fair system," he says. "Where if you go to other countries, you'll find
| national policy around broadband deployment, which creates a much more even
| playing field for people of all income levels to learn by and work by."
| "We did it to ourselves," he says.


Microsoft Sending All XP and Vista Tech Support Calls To India?

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| Microsoft is sending ALL of its XP and Vista tech support calls to India
| starting March 29th, according to a call center insider


"Dear Microsoft": An open letter to Microsoft regarding the outsourcing of

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| Don't get it twisted: I don't have a problem with you outsourcing
| jobs to people that will work for next-to-nothing. It's just
| getting a bit out of hand, don't you think? I mean, there's no
| point trying to fool me.



Bill Gates to address Senate panel

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| Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is scheduled to descend on Capitol Hill
| next week to pepper a U.S. Senate committee with his suggestions for
| boosting American competitiveness.


Microsoft India centre working on Windows 7

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| Designers and engineers at Microsoft R&D centre in India have a new mandate
| for development of Windows 7, the next generation operating system from
| Microsoft Corporation, slated for release in 2009-10.


US Congress members push Gates's line on visas

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| Texan Republican Lamar Smith then stepped in with an even more radical bill,
| called the Strengthening United States Technology and Innovation Now (or
| Sustain) Act in which he urged the House to triple the H-1B cap from 65,000
| to 195,000 for 2008 and 2009.

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