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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Nov. 4th) 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. IT Resources and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Nine New Start-Up NY Companies Pledge 225 New Jobs in Buffalo

New York state has released another batch of companies that qualify for Start-Up NY, which offers substantial breaks in state and local taxes/fees for 10 years following acceptance into the program. The program is run through local colleges and universities, which sponsor applications and typically host company offices following acceptance. New Start-Up NY companies include: iActEx, an early-stage technology company which offers a software suite that helps companies maximize the efficiency of their machinery. Read More

AT&T Leader Talks Diversity in Tech ahead of Buffalo Event

The leader of AT&T’s operations in New York state says that technology skills need to be introduced to women and minorities before they reach college in order to solve the gaping diversity issue in the technology industry. Marissa Shorenstein spoke to Business First recently about the issue, made famous by the dominance of white males from the top to bottom of organizations in Silicon Valley, but easily recognized by a walk through almost any technology company in the world, including Buffalo. Read More

43 North Winner Joins Cluster of Cancer-Fighting Startups in Buffalo

There is particular momentum among local companies working on ways to minimize the toxic effects of chemotherapy, usually with a mechanism that delivers drugs to cells affected by cancer. Oncolinx, which is currently based in Boston, is developing cancer therapies which use something called an “antibody-drug conjugate,” which carries drugs directly to cancer cells and not to healthy ones.The company is already working with 14 pharmaceutical companies around the world and expects one of those to be a partner in clinical trials by 2017…Read More

How Sports Execs use Tech to Improve Fan Engagement

If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed much in sports it’s that winning cures a lot of ills. Fans generally don’t want to follow or pay to see a team that’s always losing, but competitive teams with a shot at a championship typically attract more fans and can generate more revenue via merchandise, media and other ancillary deals. But one thing that has changed, sports are not the only game in town. From live performances to outdoor activities and the many choices in big and small screen entertainment, consumers have more options…Read More

Should Companies Push for H-1B Reform?

As attempts at H-1B reform make their way through the legislative process, opponents recently shot down a proposal that would (in part) raise salaries for visa workers stateside. Whether H-1B can be reformed is still up for debate, but the real opportunity for reform may lie with existing workers and the companies they represent. If you’re not familiar with H-1B, here’s a quick primer: the program is a way for U.S.-based companies to hire people from other parts of the world on a work visa. Those companies must pay foreign visa holders…Read More

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