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10 years have passed since the glorious voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan [October 13, 1948 – August 16, 1997] was stilled forever.

May his soul rest in peace.

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Microsoft announced that they would be opening a new development center in Canada. The center would be in Vancouver, British Columbia which borders the US state of Washington where Microsoft has its headquarters. Whether this decision has been caused by the recent failure of the Immigration Bill, which sought increase in H1-B limits, is under speculation. There were times when Microsoft was unable to hire Canadians due to the strict Immigration rules in US.

Good news for Canadian developers.

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Interesting article from The Economic Times:

Eight engineering graduates from this state, known better for its thriving tourism industry, are looking to give jobs to people in their IT startup that is already being valued at around US$ 7 million.

This team of graduates, which actually shaped its destiny by setting up ‘Torque’ to provide IT solutions across verticals, now dreams of turning Kerala into the ‘Silicon Coast’ of India.

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Their brainchild Torque has in a short time grown into a pioneering technology business incubated company being currently valued at $5-7 million based in Technopark here.

“Our initial cash investment was Rs eight lakh raised by eight of us while we were in college some 18 months back,” Vijayakumar said.

Besides Vijayakumar, the core group included Kenni Joseph, now Torque’s Chief Technology Officer, Sony Joy Chief Operating Officer and Anil K Antony, son of Defence Minister A K Antony.

Read the complete article here.

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Do you want an iPhone ?

If you dont want to stand in the long queues to buy an iPhone, you can buy them off eBay for the paltry sum of $660 (upto to $1500) 😀

Everything sold by Apple is way overpriced. I am not giving Steve Jobs any of my money.

Edit:

More on this outrageous hype from Information Week :

Craigslist is running ads from people offering to either hold a place in line for iPhone customers, or to buy the phones outright.”

Read the full article here.

Edit # 2:

You can see the ‘internals’ of the iPhone here.

Edit # 3:

iPhone reselling seems like a bad idea 🙂

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Most of the hits on my blog come from people searching about salary for jobs in the US. So finally, here is a list created by Salary.com from the data collected from the top 20 metros in US.

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The Securing Knowledge Innovation and Leadership (SKIL) bill has been re-introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday. This bill was introduced in the Senate last year and aims at increasing both H1-B and Green card caps.

From InformationWeek:

Among the SKIL bill’s proposals are raising the annual H-1B cap from 65,000 today to 115,000, with the ability to automatically increase the cap in subsequent years by 20%, or up to 180,000. The bill also proposes to apply the current 20,000 cap exemption to those with a master’s degree or higher from an institution of higher education in a foreign country, not just for those foreigners who have advanced degrees from U.S. schools.

The bill also looks to create a new visa category — the F-1 — for foreign students looking to pursue a bachelor’s or advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from a U.S. school.

As for changes to “employment-based visas,” or green cards, the bill proposes to raise the limit from 140,000 to 290,000 per year.

Read more here.

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This year’s H1-B quota getting over in one day has fired up a lot of arguments in favor of increasing the quota of H1-B visa program and there are people against doing it. The Newyork Times has an interesting article on this here.

As an interesting side point, the largest H1-B visa seekers are Infosys, Wipro and TCS.

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