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Dallas Fed President Fisher tackles hot topic of unemployment and Texas' sweet spot at Tech Industry Luncheon
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Richard Fisher said Texas is in a sweet spot for employment growth and predicts that job growth to continue. Texas has been outpacing other major states especially the large states of California, Illinois and New York in the creation of jobs over the past four years and the state will continue to be in a sweet spot for employment in the future according to Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher. Speaking at the recent MTBC Tech Industry Luncheon on the campus of University of Texas at Dallas, Fisher added that Texas has the most favorable tax rate of any major state in the country and that putting people to work is the fundamental way to build the economy. More

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T-Mobile USA merging with MetroPCS
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Struggling cellphone companies T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications are set to merge, in a deal that will create an operator with more than 40 million subscribers. In a joint statement, the two companies said Deutsche Telekom AG, the owner of T-Mobile USA, will hold 74 percent of the new business, while MetroPCS's shareholders will hold the remainder, as well as receiving a payment of about $1.5 billion. More

Mavenir offers CSFB solution helping global operators launch new Apple and LTE devices
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Mavenir Systems, a leading innovator of mobile infrastructure solutions for 4G Long Term Evolution operators, enables the rapid introduction of Voice and SMS services with its Circuit Switch Fallback solution that helps operators launch CSFB independent of their MSC. Mavenir already has several live CSFB deployments with tier 1 operators in multiple countries. Several more are expected to go live in 2012. More

Oracle, Nokia strike maps deal
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Nokia has agreed to give Oracle's customers access to its mapping products, as the mobile phone company seeks to expand its location services business. The Finnish company, which bought the world's largest digital mapping firm, Navteq, in 2008, has been looking for ways to boost the business and recently signed mapping deals with Groupon and Amazon. More


 HOT TOPICS


UT Dallas spinoff receives $250,000 from state tech fund
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Cirasys Inc., a spinoff company based on technology developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas, recently received $250,000 from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. If certain milestones are met, the company could receive up to $750,000 more, said Paul Nichols, vice president of marketing at Cirasys and a UT Dallas alumnus. More

Research in Motion defies critics by finding BlackBerry sales overseas
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Research In Motion Ltd.'s sales of the BlackBerry smartphone trounced estimates last quarter as it gained ground in emerging markets, signaling that the company may still have a future in the age of the iPhone. RIM shares rose the most in almost a year in intraday trading after the company sold 7.4 million smartphones, about 500,000 more than analysts had projected. RIM also posted a narrower loss for the period than estimated and increased its cash holdings. More

Commentary: Microsoft's plan to boost skilled workforce shows promise
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In this recent opinion piece, The Seattle Times editorial board says Microsoft is offering a promising plan that could raise $5 billion over the next decade for STEM education as well as bridge the skilled-workers gap. Microsoft's proposal that Congress expand slots for high-skilled foreign workers while adding fees to such visas to boost investment in science, technology, engineering and math education, kills two birds with one stone. More

Texas reduces jobless rate by 1 point over 1 year
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Texas and four other states reduced their unemployment rates by 1 point during the last 12 months, according to the Business Journals' On Numbers. The Lone Star State's jobless rate in August 2011 was 8.1 percent — it dropped to 7.1 percent in August this year. More


 IN THE NEWS


Ericsson invests as Nokia Siemens sells off B/OSS software
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Ericsson's acquisition of software provider ConceptWave marks a continuing shift in the B/OSS landscape. Ericsson bought Toronto-based ConceptWave to strengthen its back-office offerings and to provide better solutions for supporting network operators. The telecom-equipment giant said all of ConceptWave's 170 workers will join the company; because of trends toward personalized communication services that meet the needs of end-users, ConceptWave said its work will enhance Ericsson's offering. More

Dell and leading research universities increase access to research computing supported by Internet2
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Dell announced initiatives with Clemson University, Indiana University and Arizona State University to provide community research computing solutions and services that will help solve some of the world's toughest issues. Through big data research analytics, storage services, open source frameworks for research and new large-data management, archiving and digital curation services, Dell will help universities best support groundbreaking research. Dell plans to support the universities' efforts through the power of Internet2. More


 LEGISLATION


Federal grants wed public-private cybersecurity efforts
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The debate in Congress over a comprehensive national cybersecurity program is wearing on, largely because of differences over the roles of government and business in protecting information technology. Elsewhere, however, cybersecurity awareness and research projects are being launched through cooperative efforts. For example, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a unit of the U.S. Commerce Department, has just awarded more than $9 million in grants to support the federal National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program. More

Lofgren unveils privacy and Internet freedom bills
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Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., unveiled a pair of bills aimed at protecting innovation, digital privacy and freedom of expression online. Lofgren hopes to get feedback on the two bills and plans on introducing them during the next session of Congress. With several tech companies headquartered in her district, Lofgren has long advocated for policies that would bolster the tech industry. She hopes her most recent legislation will prevent a sequel to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. More


 

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