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 ASSOCIATION NEWS

Get involved in setting the priorities in Austin by joining the advocacy team
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With the 83rd Texas legislative session on the horizon, our membership can impact the policy process. The MTBC advocacy team works with Texas legislators to introduce and support legislative policies that will benefit the MTBC membership and the high-tech industry. The last legislative session showed what some of the difficulties of the Texas political system can be, and how important MTBC organization support is. Here are some issues to keep in mind for this year's session. More

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MTBC new and renewed memberships
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Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships this month. Our members are the lifeline of our organization and serve to make us stronger and more successful. We hope you will join us in welcoming these new members, doing business with them and referring others members to the MTBC. More


 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


Spotlight on MTBC members
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MTBC members do varied and fascinating things. Read about Tech Titans winner ImageVision and Lewis & Fowler.


 EDUCATION


Program steers students toward STEM subjects
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Science teachers and the U.S. Army are on a mission. Their joint objective is to promote student achievement in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. An online collaborative learning competition called eCybermission is designed to inspire student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their communities. More


 HOT TOPICS


Texas Instruments makes the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the 6th year
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Texas Instruments Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the sixth year. TI is among four technology companies and 140 companies overall named to the index after an analysis by sustainable investment firm SAM. Companies must meet high standards in economic, environmental and social performance. More

Cellphones are eating the family budget
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Heidi Steffen and her husband used to treat themselves most weeks to steak at Sodak Shores, a restaurant overlooking a lake near their hometown of Milbank, S.D. Then they each got an iPhone, and the rib-eyes started making fewer appearances. More than half of all U.S. cellphone owners carry a device like the iPhone, a shift that has unsettled household budgets across the country. Government data show people have spent more on phone bills over the past four years, even as they have dialed back on dining out, clothes and entertainment — cutbacks that have been keenly felt in the restaurant, apparel and film industries. More

Wells Fargo is latest victim in cyber attack spree
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A day of disruptions in Wells Fargo & Co.'s electronic banking operations apparently was the latest in a series of cyber attacks that disrupted online operations at Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. A computer security expert blamed massive denial of service attacks, in which perpetrators overwhelm computer servers with communications demands, causing networks to seize up or slow down. More

TriQuint wins DARPA GaN contract to triple the performance of new RF power amplifiers
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TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, has received a $2.7 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to triple the power handling performance of gallium nitride circuits. The Near Junction Thermal Transport effort will build on TriQuint's advanced GaN on silicon carbide technology and the reliability of its state-of-the-art RF integrated circuits. More

Cisco CEO names potential post-retirement successors
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Cisco Systems Inc. chief executive officer John Chambers identified some of the senior managers that he and the board are considering as possible successors when he retires, a move that could come in two to four years. There are as many as 10 candidates, and directors review the list quarterly, Chambers said in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. They include Gary Moore, chief operating officer, Robert Lloyd, executive vice president of worldwide operations, Chuck Robbins, senior vice president of the Americas, and Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president of global services. More


 INNOVATION


New development in cloud cyber security: 'Space travel' technique allows machine to travel virtually to another system
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Computer scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction. The technique has been dubbed "space travel" because it sends computer data to a world outside its home, and bridges the gap between computer hardware and software systems. More

It's not too late to ride the raging bull market in technology
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The Standard & Poor's 500 index, which is a proxy for the stock market, is up about 16 percent this year, and the tech-laden Nasdaq has gained 22 percent. These gains are all the more remarkable because the market continues to be whipsawed by the European debt crisis, the fast-approaching "fiscal cliff" and uncertainty of the upcoming presidential election. While the big sisters in tech, such as Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., garner most of the attention from investors, many lesser-known companies are also doing some heavy lifting. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the technology sector is teeming with innovative new products and services that are transforming several sectors of the economy. More


 LEGISLATION


Analysis: Texas college tuition up 55 percent since 2003 deregulation
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Texas students are paying 55 percent more for tuition and fees at state universities a decade after lawmakers lifted restrictions on costs, putting some of Texas' premier universities out of reach for many families, an analysis by The Dallas Morning News shows. Tuition is up 3 percent this school year from 2010-11, the last before the Legislature's major budget cuts of 2011. The average cost for a typical semester for a state resident is an estimated $7,533 this year. More

BRAINS Act would free up green cards for tech startups to hire foreign-born students
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Two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would address a pressing need among tech startups: hiring enough foreign-born engineers. The BRAINS Act, introduced by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Chris Coons, D-Del., would make 55,000 new green cards available each year to foreign students who graduate from American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. The bill also allows high-tech workers in the United States on temporary visas to renew them without having to first return to their country of origin. More


 

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