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R&D tax credit legislation proposed in Texas Legislature
MTBC
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Senator Deuell, R-Greenville, filed the companion bill to Rep. Murphy's R&D tax incentive bill in the Senate. The bill, which was championed by a coalition of businesses known as Texans for Innovation, would re-establish the R&D tax incentives that were repealed in 2006. Like its House companion, SB 859 would establish a tax credit for companies engaging in R&D activities, and sales tax exemptions for companies with new R&D-related expenses. Out of the 31 members in Senate, Deuell was able to secure 13 co-authors on the bill. Naturally, this bodes well for SB 859's prospects, but the bill has not been referred to committee yet.
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BYOD: Mobile device security major threat vectors and mitigation strategies
MTBC
According to Brian J. Thomas and Brittany Teare from Weaver LLP, the use of personally owned smartphones and tablets in the workplace has become very common for organizations in 2013. The trend is commonly known as BYOD. BYOD offers employees and companies numerous benefits such as eliminating the need for employees to retain separate devices for work and personal needs and making it easier to complete work tasks away from physical workplaces and outside of regular work hours. However, these benefits come with a price. Specifically, there are security complications associated with allowing company information to reside on personally owned devices.
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MTBC seeking innovative cloud and communications technology for Ericsson
MTBC
Innovative companies have a unique opportunity to establish a relationship with telecom giant Ericsson, which is seeking innovative solutions involving cloud-based computing and communications. Ericsson is working with the MTBC TechQuest program to give small, innovative companies the opportunity to present their technologies to Ericsson executives. Applications are currently being accepted and are due by March 15 at www.metroplextbc.org/techquest.
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Job postings
MTBC
Check out the latest job openings at some MTBC Chairman Circle member companies. Fidelity has one for a project manager with Agile and Waterfall, a network engineer with F5 Load Balancing and a user experience designer.
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HOT TOPICS


Survey: Investors crave more cybersecurity transparency
Fox Business
As corporate America continues to grapple with the mounting cyberthreat, a new survey reveals investors want more information about security practices and may even shun stocks of companies with a poor cyber track record. The survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics and released by HBGary, raises difficult questions facing C-suites as regulators push for greater cybertransparency, while CEOs are leery of generating negative PR.
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Galaxy S IV rumors: Bigger, better, eye-based scrolling
Fast Company
Everyone knows Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy S4 smartphone March 14, and that the company has been desperately trying to spin up the same sort of pre-release hype about the device that Apple usually benefits from — including a rather strange promotion campaign involving a young "secret messenger" called Jeremy. Now, a source that has been accurate with Samsung rumors in the past has leaked some specs of the device.
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CLOUD COMPUTING


Where the highest paying cloud computing jobs are
Forbes
Using analytics to better understand the cloud computing job market is fascinating. One of the most advanced companies in this area is Wanted Analytics, who aggregates job postings from over 500 job boards and maintains a database of over 600 million unique job listings. They specialize in business intelligence for the talent marketplace, providing insights into how one company's salary range compares to competitors for the same position, also calculating the difficulty to hire a given type of candidate. They've developed a unique Hiring Scale to accomplish this.
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Does cloud computing reduce IT costs?
Virtualization Review
The reason there's so much hype around cloud computing is the promise that it will reduce infrastructure costs while providing computing and storage capacity on demand. But, of course, moving to cloud computing doesn't necessarily guarantee cost savings.
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Lack of properly trained cloud professionals threaten industry
Cloud Tweaks
Data from job aggregators focused on the cloud computing market reveals that some areas stand out as the best places to find cloud computing jobs around the world. The irony is that employers in some of these areas are finding it difficult to find qualified people to fill the cloud positions, which are apparently paying more than $100,000 per year. While this is a salary to die for, the fact that no suitable candidates are showing up is raising questions on whether the academic pipeline is releasing enough techies for the evolving cloud space.
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Are you on the right cloud computing career path?
SearchCloudComputing
While the rise of cloud computing frightens some in IT, many see the technology as an opportunity to accelerate their careers and their bank accounts. And IT pros have good reason to be optimistic. In a 2012 survey conducted within a 90-day period by Wanted Analytics, more than 2,400 companies said they are seeking candidates with cloud computing skills. Moreover, hiring demand increased by 61 percent from 2011 to 2012 for IT people with cloud knowledge. Analyst firm IDC also released a report last year that indicated public and private spending in cloud computing will increase exponentially over the next few years, resulting in an available jobs boost of nearly 14 million positions worldwide.
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ROBOTICS


The rise of robotics in medtech
MedCity News
Robots represent a vision of the future, a vision that inspires two parts amazement and one part fear of being replaced by superior machines. In manufacturing, robots have been deployed since the 1960s to exceed human precision and productivity. This same potential exists in the provision of health care, but to date robots have barely made a dent. Despite the $20 billion market cap of Intuitive Surgical, less than 2 percent of worldwide surgeries are performed robotically today, and penetration of this pioneering surgical robotic platform may be peaking. A robotic invasion could be on the way, though, with a number of forces converging to give robots a boost in the health care sector.
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RENEWABLE ENERGY


Beam me down, Scotty: Space-based solar power finally comes of age
ExtremeTech
It's important to consider space-based solar power as one part of the bigger space travel, exploration and colonization equation. It might cost a prohibitive amount to launch a single SBSP plant, but, as with the Apollo program, we must look at the bigger picture — a picture that includes space elevators, fusion power, asteroid mining and space bases on the Moon and Mars. At some point — perhaps sooner rather than later, if global warming persists — we're going to have to work out how to lift large objects into space. Launching a clean, green, endless source of power seems like the perfect starting point.
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Human-made material pushes the bounds of superconductivity
University of Wisconsin-Madison via ScienceDaily
A multiuniversity team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications. The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary superconducting properties — in particular, the ability to transport much more electrical current than nonengineered materials.
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Solar energy may benefit through plasmonics
Hydrogen Fuel News
Support for solar energy is growing all over the world, which has increased the demand for more efficient energy systems that can meet the world's growing power demands. Researchers from the University of California-Santa Barbara have been working on ways to address the issue of efficiency with solar cells. These researchers have taken a new approach to the matter of efficiency by focusing on plasmonics. Plasmonics is the use of plasmons, which are quasiparticles that are produced through plasma oscillations.
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MANAGEMENT & MARKETING


4 employee 'motivators' that can backfire
Inc.
Through the ages, managers have tried tactics that were meant to motivate their employees to try harder — and through the ages those tactics have failed miserably. Often, they make matters worse. In more than 20 years of writing about business management, Minda Zetlin, co-author of "The Geek Gap," has seen many well-meant strategies backfire. Most of the people who work for you won't ever dare tell you what she's about to. Here are four ways you're trying to get employees to work harder that may well be having the exact opposite effect.
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14 revealing interview questions
Inc.
Interview questions: Everyone has them. And everyone wishes they had better ones. So Jeff Haden asked smart people from a variety of fields for their favorite interview question, and, more importantly, why it's their favorite and what it tells them about the candidate.
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