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IT Jobs Up, Skilled Immigrants Act Stalls
A U. S. GOVERNMEN T report showing that hiring is up had some good news for IT workers: The tech industry added about 7,100 jobs
in November, an increase of 0.17% from the
At the same time, Sen. Chuck Grassley
(R-Iowa) moved to block legislation that would
eliminate per-country caps on employer-sponsored green cards.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
data analyzed by the industry group TechServe
Alliance, the overall employment number
for the tech industry reached almost 4.068
million last month, representing a year-over-year gain of 2.1%. The total is close to the
all-time high of 4.088 million reached in June
2008, according to TechServe.
IT pay might be seeing gains as well, though
the data supporting that is more anecdotal.
Forget phone numbers and email
addresses; the era of the Internet
“handle” is emerging.
Instead of having to remember
someone’s phone number or email
address, in just a few years we
might be able to find an individual
over the Internet via his or her
handle, or nickname.
This would be similar to the way
handles are used in instant messaging or on Skype, except that the
handle would apply to all modes of
getting in touch.
“People will no longer seek each
other’s phone numbers or email
address[es] when establishing
personal or working relationships,”
wrote Gartner analyst Adib Ghubril
in a report on mobile predictions
for 2012 and beyond. “Instead,
they will ask each other, ‘ What’s
your handle?’ ”
Handles could have a huge ad-
vantage, Ghubril said. They may
remain unchanged for life, or at
least for a long time.
To use the handle format, an indi-
vidual would need a personal Web
page that could be accessed via his
or her handle. On that Web page,
the user would store phone num-
bers and email
ing sure to keep
them up to date.
Of course, such a system would
require a new generation of
designed to work in this way.
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