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Indian firms gaming H-1B visa system: US lawmaker

Indian firms, which account for the bulk of H1B visas, have “gamed” the system, an influential American lawmaker alleged on Monday and insisted his legislation introduced in the Congress will help fix the existing flaws.
Congressman Darrell Issa, who recently introduced the legislation, which calls for an increase in the salary of H-1B workers, insisted that his move would bring the best talents to the US and help fix the flaws in the existing H-1B system.

Employees stay invested, if firms stay invested in them

Deloitte is built on the foundation of ‘respect for each other’, the one that encourages and acknowledges viewpoints. Our people come up with great ideas to deliver superior value to the clients, says SV Nathan, chief talent officer, Deloitte India, in an interview with Ritwik Mukherjee. We encourage their viewpoints and, at times, differences of opinion as well because we all are striving towards a common goal, he added. Excerpts:

People say HR drives business profitability too. What’s your take?

Apple’s App Store gets makeover

Apple Inc’s App Store has turned countless software developers into millionaires since its launch almost a decade ago. But working with the famously controlling company has often been frustrating. Apps were rejected with little explanation, and Apple has been stingy about sharing customer data that could have helped developers improve their products.

Airtel hits back at Jio on speed ad with Ookla backing

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday lashed out at Reliance Jio’s allegations around its fastest network ad campaign, saying that the complaint is a deliberate attempt to “malign the brand” and “misguide customers”.
Further, mobile internet speed testing firm Ookla has stood by the finding that the telecom major had fastest broadband network, a claim which has been challenged by Reliance Jio.
“Ookla fully stands behind Airtel being named ‘India’s Fastest Mobile Network’,” Spe-edtest (Ookla app) COO Jamie Steven said in a statement.

Apple’s next big thing: Augmented Reality

Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple Inc.'s chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming television. But no technology has fired up Cook quite like augmented reality, which overlays images, video and games on the real world. Cook has likened AR's game-changing potential to that of the smartphone. At some point, he said last year, we will all "have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you."

HCL Tech and Oil India announce share buybacks

HCL Technologies, India's fourth-biggest software services exporter, will buy back shares worth up to Rs 3,500 crore ($535.5 million), it said on Monday, following a similar move by Tata Consulta­ncy Services last month. HCL Tech's board approved a repurchase of up to 35 million shares at Rs 1,000 each, the company sa­id in a stock exchange filing.

Robotics, AI affecting jobs; employees need to adapt, reskill

Rise in adoption of new digital technologies will have a significant impact on the job market and employees need to adapt to changing technologies and develop fresh skills to make themselves relevant, say experts.
While some technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics will create job opportunities, it will affect some traditional and repetitive jobs.

Poor pay rises leave economists puzzled

Unemployment is falling almost everywhere. Wages aren’t rising much anywhere. From York, UK to Montreal, and Osaka to Seattle, it’s a pretty good time to be looking for a job as a member of the labor force in many developed countries.

FB bars developers from using data for surveillance

Facebook Inc barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network's data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by US police departments to track protesters.
Facebook, its Instagram unit and rival Twitter Inc came under fire last year from privacy advocates after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a report that police were using location data and other user information to spy on protesters in places such as Ferguson, Missouri.

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