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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Feb. 20th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

White House H-1B Plan Puts U.S. Workers in Front

A top White House adviser Sunday outlined two key principles underlying the administration’s approach to H-1B reform. It wants a system requiring employers to first consider U.S. workers for a job before hiring visa-holding workers, and it intends to distribute H-1B visas under a “merit-based” system. Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser for President Donald Trump, said the administration will seek an immigration program where “American workers are given jobs first.” In a television interview Sunday on Meet the Press, Miller also said that Trump…Read More

How Do Tech Pros Feel About H-1B Reform?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about President Trump potentially overhauling existing work-visa programs such as H-1B, which would have a significant effect on how tech companies source employees. How does the tech community feel about those potential changes? According to a new survey from Spiceworks, some 67 percent of 429 respondents said they were in favor of H-1B visa reforms. Another 24 percent indicated they weren’t sure, while 9 percent said they weren’t in favor of changes. That survey followed up another one from Spiceworks…Read More

The 12 Cities Where You Can Live Large On $60,000

Looking for a city with a low cost of living, where a $60,000 paycheck allows you to live like a king? Look no further than Buffalo. This was a sentiment that I was trying to relay to a Boston couple just yesterday. A longtime friend told me that his best best buddy was looking to possibly move to Buffalo, so I readily agreed to grab coffee with him, his wife and their young son, to discuss the city. Of course they had heard all of the preconceived notions about why ‘not’ to move to Buffalo, but they were open minded enough to not believe the hype. Read More

Doubts Abound Over U.S. Action On Cybersecurity

How should the U.S. respond to cyberattacks? That’s been a major question at this year’s RSA security conference, following Russia’s suspected attempt to influence last year’s election. Clearly, the government should be doing more on cybersecurity, said U.S. lawmakers and officials at the show in San Francisco, but they admit that politics and policy conflicts have hampered the government’s approach.  “I wish the federal government could do this, but it’s very hard, unfortunately, due to partisan politics,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe…Read More

Why Tech Companies are Uniting to Fight Trump’s Immigration Ban

In less than a month since being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has struck an emotional chord with tech companies, generating an unparalleled unifying force of opposition. The Trump administration’s executive order banning all people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the entering the United States has created a rift between political and business interests, and one that many technology leaders consider a threat to their very existence. A group of 127 technology companies last week filed…Read More

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