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Trump to order wholesale H-1B reform

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that calls for sweeping reform of the H-1B visa process.

Its centerpiece is the replacement of the H-1B lottery with a system that distributes visas on the basis of wages, skills and education.

“We want to switch away from a random lottery system, in which it’s weighted toward the lowest wage workers, towards a system that prioritizes higher skilled, higher paid workers,” said a senior administration official, in a background briefing to reporters on the condition that officials not be identified.

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5 pitfalls to avoid when migrating to the cloud

Mistakes can be costly. They also can be so painful they keep you from venturing any further ahead.

Of course, that’s true with almost anything tech-related, but IT managers will tell you that there are some common, and potentially damaging, pitfalls that anyone looking at a cloud migration should work to avoid.

Migration mistakes can cost the enterprise money and time, and eliminate or reduce any expected increases in agility as well as speed and cost savings.

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The strange new world of hiring and employee tracking

Your employer wants to hire top salespeople and is counting on HR to deliver the best. There’s the old-fashioned way: collect resumes, sort for keywords, check on social networks, get referrals and interview.

But what about geotagging?

Employers often have “top performer clubs” for their salespeople. Incentives for these top performers usually involve rewards such as trips to Hawaii, the Caribbean or Italy.

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CHOICE Humanitarian partners with Microsoft Edge to launch Accent digital literacy tool

CHOICE Humanitarian is a non-profit organization with a vision to free the world from the ravages of extreme poverty, where all people are treated with dignity and valued for who they are and the unique contribution they bring. They have been working to eliminate extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on an average of $1.90 USD a day, for 35 years.

Today, we are excited to share a new web-based learning tool we have created with the Microsoft Edge team, called Accent.

Today we announced Accent, a browser-based, digital literacy platform that will help women in remote Guatemala gain access to their country’s economy, government, culture and language.

“The CHOICE partnership offered the Microsoft Edge team a remarkable opportunity to take our browser technology and create an education solution to meet the unique literacy needs of communities worldwide. Working with CHOICE, we utilized the native support for touch and inking in Microsoft Edge to build an interactive curriculum for their literacy program and helped them deploy the platform for the first time to the women in underprivileged regions in Guatemala. We worked very closely with CHOICE to create a solution that empowers their mentors to continue to expand and scale Accent with new courses, new languages and new skills without needing programming expertise. We are extremely excited to contribute to the CHOICE work to eradicate poverty through literacy worldwide,” says Divya Kumar, Microsoft Edge Product Marketing

Students will also have the oversight of a local woman fluent in Spanish to mentor the group as they progress in their learning

Extreme poverty is multidimensional and measured beyond income. Some of the additional indicators reflecting acute deprivations are with respect to health, education, and standard of living. But, we know when a community focuses on literacy, the general health and standard of living naturally increase. That is why we’ve partnered with Microsoft Edge to create Accent, a browser-based, digital literacy platform that will help women in remote Guatemala gain access to their country’s economy, government, culture and language.

Accent will help women in Chulac, Guatemala learn Spanish as the first step toward economic empowerment. The sequences are structured like a game to make learning more fun. The program is easy to use and customized for individual learning; the students will also have the oversight of a local woman fluent in Spanish to mentor the group as they progress in their learning. The 18 women who will be the inaugural class are excited knowing that literacy will open the door to opportunities in businesses and their local government.

CHOICE and Microsoft Edge developed this browser-based solution to meet the unique literacy needs of communities worldwide, starting with Chulac, Guatemala.

Accent is an open-source, scalable solution to literacy. “CHOICE Humanitarian is launching this first in Guatemala, but we plan on incorporating it into all seven countries where we work. We are also thrilled that other NGOs can use this tool to support their own literacy goals,” says Leah Barker, CHOICE Humanitarian CEO.

Microsoft has a long history of supporting education, as Microsoft Philanthropies uses technology as a force for inclusion. Because of Microsoft’s history and dedication to increasing access to technology, the opportunity to partner with Microsoft Edge in developing browser-based technology to benefit women in rural Guatemala is very exciting and promises great outcomes.

The program is easy to use and customized for individual learning; the students will also have the oversight of a local woman fluent in Spanish to mentor the group as they progress in their learning.

Education and literacy programs have been paramount in our focus through the years as has gender equity. Women are the key to lasting change. Research shows that when you invest in a woman, she will invest in her family and community. There is a clear link between parents’, primarily mothers’, literacy and the welfare of their children. Research shows that children whose mothers can read have better nutrition and better results in school. Literacy and gender equality work in tandem to eliminate extreme poverty. We are honored that Microsoft Edge would create a tool that works both online and offline connecting women in rural Guatemala to the world.

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About Microsoft Edge Web Showcase

Microsoft Edge Web Showcase is dedicated to partnering with organizations around the world to highlight extraordinary and exciting new ventures. This program explores opportunities to contribute to a diverse set of literacy programs and to develop partnerships to showcase web technology.

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10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, GOOG, MSFT)

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Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to know this Tuesday.

1. Facebook’s annual developers conference, F8, kicks off today. The event will start with a keynote speech from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Recode reports.

2. Netflix missed its subscriber growth targets, but expects a big Q2. The video streaming platform reported its Q1 earnings on Monday.

3. Facebook disputes reports that it took three hours to remove a video posted by the “Facebook Killer.” A 37-year-old man posted a video on the social network that allegedly shows himself shooting an elderly man.

4. Intel has cancelled its biggest event of the year as the world moves past the PC. It has discontinued the Intel Developers Forum.

5. Theranos will be able to operate a blood lab again in 2019. The beleaguered US medical startup has reached a settlement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

6. Bustle has acquired Elite Daily from Daily Mail, and is rebranding itself as Bustle Digital Group. Bustle seems to have paid less than the $40 million (£32 million) Daily Mail paid for Elite Daily in 2015.

7. Facebook is about to take the wraps off its secretive and ambitious consumer hardware group. “Building 8” is working on four projects, ranging from augmented reality to brain-scanning tech.

8. Google says a rogue vendor violated guidelines by instructing contractors to rate InfoWars as an untrustworthy site. InfoWars is home to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was faked.

9. Google has reached a deal with the Russian anti-monopoly watchdog. The Californian tech giant will open up Android to other developers in the country.

10. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has built a database that shows what the US government is spending taxpayer money on. For the last three years, he has been quietly working on a startup called USAFacts, The New York Times reports.

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Crunch Report | Uber Might Have To Support In-App Tipping

Crunch Report April 17 Today’s Stories  New York’s Taxi commission to propose in-app tipping requirement for Uber Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia Facebook issues statement after murder suspect shares video of shooting in Cleveland Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines… Read More

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10 years of hope and hard lessons on the Facebook Platform

 One of the biggest tech concepts we take for granted today was essentially unheard of before Facebook launched its Platform 10 years ago. While there were “social networks,” the rest of the web didn’t care much about who you were or who you were friends with. Read More

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Google says rogue vendor violated guidelines by instructing contractors to rate InfoWars as untrustworthy site

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Google said Monday that a vendor mistakenly told staffers working for the search engine that InfoWars should be ranked as a low-quality site.

The prominent right-wing website — which has been known to stoke conspiracy theories — blasted Google on Monday after pro-Trump media personality Mike Cernovich shared screenshots that showed a Google contractor saying InfoWars should be rated as a “low-to-medium” reliable site since its stories are “often debunked.”

A Google representative appeared to confirm the validity of Cernovich’s report, linking Business Insider to his Medium post.

A vendor hired by Google employs contractors to rate the websites that appear in its search results — the rating is used to improve search quality, helping Google’s automated search algorithm prioritize higher-rated, reliable information.

In examining how the staffers working as website “raters” should evaluate a “rather poor site,” the contractor pointed to InfoWars, advising raters to consider the quality of the information and its reputation.

Google’s representative distanced the company from the contractor’s instructions, telling Business Insider that it does not instruct quality raters how to grade specific websites, but gives general rules to get unbiased feedback to improve the algorithm.

“In this instance, we have confirmed that a vendor we work with sent out more detailed instructions to some raters without our knowledge, which included references to specific sites,” the representative said. “This is in conflict with the intent of our guidelines and the vendor has taken action to remove these references in their training module.”

The rating incident with InfoWars involved Google’s general web-search engine, which pulls results from across the web. That’s different from Google News, which features only publications that have been preapproved as trustworthy by special staff.

Earlier this year, Google explained how more than 10,000 quality rating contractors use a 200-page guideline book to evaluate information for Google search.

“We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” said Paul Haahr, a senior Google engineer who is involved with search quality. “Demonstrably inaccurate information, however, we want to target.”

InfoWars was up in arms over the news on Monday. Cernovich appeared on founder Alex Jones’ show, where he called for peaceful protests outside Google.

A self-proclaimed “new right” media personality, Cernovich has become one of the most prominent pro-Trump new media personalities, branding himself as a provocateur unafraid to engage with enemies, promote conspiracy theories, and share controversial opinions about gender and identity politics.

Last year he stoked rumors about Hillary Clinton’s health issues and propagated the disproven conspiracy theory that Washington, DC, restaurant Comet Ping Pong was the site of a child sex ring.

Still, in the past several weeks, Cernovich has broken legitimate news stories about the new administration.

Cernovich reported on Medium that former national-security adviser Susan Rice requested the names of Trump associates whose communications were incidentally collected, a report later verified by Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake.

The report earned Cernovich a hat tip from President Donald Trump’s senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, and Donald Trump Jr., who said he deserved a Pulitzer Prize.

SEE ALSO: Some of Trump’s top supporters are praising a conspiracy theorist who fueled ‘pizzagate’ for his reporting

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Mozilla scraps Firefox's 'Aurora' dev track

Mozilla today announced it would drop one of Firefox’s preview tracks that have let customers test early versions of the browser before wider deployment.

Companies running Firefox and testing the browser using the “Aurora” track will be automatically migrated to the “Beta” channel today.

“It became clear that Aurora was not meeting our expectations as a first stabilization channel,” wrote Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox; Sylvestre Ledru, the browser’s release manager; and Ali Spivak, head of developer marketing, in a post to a Mozilla blog.

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Now available: Windows Developer training course on Desktop Bridge

We are happy to announce that the Microsoft Virtual Academy training course, Developer’s Guide to the Desktop Bridge, is now available on demand.

This video course, delivered by the Desktop Bridge Program Management team, aims to help developers understand the concepts and benefits of the Desktop Bridge tooling in the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform. Watch the video and find the relevant sample code here to start bringing your desktop apps to the Windows Store and to take advantage of new Windows 10 features of the Universal Windows Platform in your WPF, WinForms, MFC or other type of Win32 apps.

Do you want to distribute your desktop application in the Windows Store? We cover that in the course. Do you want to take advantage of modern Windows 10 app-to-app features in your existing desktop application? We cover that in the course. Do you want to light-up Windows 10 features, and still distribute your app to Windows 7 users? We cover that, too. Modernizing your desktop app gradually with UWP components? We cover all of these and more in the course.

There are eight modules:

  1. Intro to the Desktop Bridge
  2. Desktop App Converter
  3. Debugging and Testing Your Converted Apps
  4. Distributing Your Converted Apps
  5. Enhancing Desktop Applications with UWP Features
  6. Extending and Modernizing with UWP components
  7. What’s Next for the Desktop Bridge
  8. Post-Course Survey

For more information on the Desktop Bridge, please visit the Windows Dev Center.

Ready to submit your app to the Windows Store? Let us know!

Feedback or feature suggestions? Submit them on User Voice.

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