Northeast Utilities, via its offshore contractors, brought in H-1B visa holders to replace its U.S. workers as a prelude to moving work offshore.  This kind of thing used to make people angry, but it’s so routine today that few even think to question it.  

April 23, 2014 1:48 PM EDT

Apple-focused bloggers will now have to do something other than breaking confidentiality agreements or exploring LinkedIn's Apple employee pages to tell their tales.

April 23, 2014 7:25 AM EDT
Wikimedia

Beta Seed: Help find hidden treasure.

Yesterday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) quietly started a new program which permits users to try out pre-release versions of OS X. Named "Beta Seed," the program is available to anyone free of charge.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers believe silence is golden.

April 23, 2014 6:44 AM EDT

This consultant pilot fish is taking care of the PC network at a citrus processing plant in Florida -- one where the head accountant considers himself a tech expert.

April 23, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Microsoft is at work on a free, cloud-based version of Windows called Windows Cloud that requires an Internet connection for full functionality, and whose full features beyond base ones would only be unlocked if you paid for a subscription. So claims a Russian leaker who has often been right before. Is he right again, or is this just a false rumor?

April 22, 2014 2:06 PM EDT

Some important lessons, like #1: "If you have an opinion that differs from a reader's perspective, you are clearly 'bias' and/or a shill."

April 22, 2014 12:19 PM EDT

The potential difference to global energy demand made by billions taking these few steps is significant. Doing so will help encourage other electronics firms to do what Apple wants them to do and the earth needs them to do: "Benchmark" its commitment to greener IT.

April 22, 2014 7:59 AM EDT
Netflix

Will Netflix become jacked up?

Like a Swiss-made utility knife, video streaming service Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), has a tool for every job. Need to keep shareholders happy? Add 4 million customers. Need money to pay for content and custom programming? Increase prices. Need a screed on the sorry condition of American DSL and network neutrality? Write angst-ridden comments in a quarterly shareholder letter.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers take in everything at once.

April 22, 2014 7:02 AM EDT

This local school is holding a special celebration that includes inflatable toys in the gym, costumes, candy and a barbecue -- which seems like a good time to have a contractor do some work in the IT office. Or maybe not.

April 22, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
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There are secret exceptions to reasonable suspicion, non-criminals in the FBI's NGI face recognition database, and guilt by association triggers NSA surveillance. Who watches the watchers so American citizens will avoid becoming just like the people watched by SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, or the KGB? 

April 21, 2014 1:17 PM EDT

When Microsoft completes its $7.2 billion deal to buy Nokia on Friday, it will be doing more than buying a mobile phone division and beefing up its commitment to Windows Phone. It will also become a big-time Android player.

April 21, 2014 11:42 AM EDT
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