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Tips for recent college grads looking to advance in IT

When Cathy Lee started working at New York startup Faith Street last year, she quickly learned a lesson that could benefit other recent college graduates who want to advance their IT careers -- soft skills like being flexible, taking on new tasks and asking questions matter a lot.

Senator pushes new version of bill to limit NSA phone records collection

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced a new version of a bill to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records in an effort to strengthen legislation that passed the House of Representatives this year.

Oracle slashes Ellison's stock options following shareholder discontent

Oracle has granted CEO Larry Ellison 3 million stock options, a significant reduction from the 7 million options he received in previous years, according to a regulatory filing.

Privacy groups call for Facebook to halt off site user tracking plans

U.S. and EU privacy and consumer groups called on privacy regulators to stop Facebook's plans to gather the Internet browsing patterns of its users while they visit other sites.

Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K

A Florida man was arrested and charged with wire fraud after he allegedly bilked more than three-dozen Apple stores across the country of more than $309,000 worth of products over a several-month stretch.

French fight the death of OpenVMS

An OpenVMS user group in France has posted an 'open letter' to Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman urging her to reconsider HP's decision to begin pulling support for the system.

Mozilla knocks off 'interim' label, names Chris Beard CEO

Mozilla today ditched the "interim" label for Chris Beard and appointed him CEO.

Rimini Street keeps growing despite specter of Oracle lawsuit

Rimini Street is continuing to rapidly grow revenue for its third-party software support business despite its ongoing litigation with Oracle.

Chinese regulators target Microsoft for office visits

Officials today from the China government appeared at four Microsoft offices, but the purpose of the visits was unclear.

Top CIOs keep their attention on staff retention

Three CIOs discuss their strategies for keeping top tech on staff by focusing on opportunity, mobility and purpose.

Layoffs cool Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella

The percentage of Microsoft current and former employees who approve of CEO Satya Nadella has dropped since the company announced layoffs.

House passes phone-unlocking bill; it now goes to the president's desk

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress on Friday, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama.

SEC drops probe into Facebook's pre-IPO sales leaks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped its investigation into disclosures about Facebook advertising sales before the company went public in 2012.

How Microsoft's CEO sees growth for Windows Phone and Lumia

During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella repeatedly promoted Lumia smartphones running on the Windows Phone platform. The call was just five days after the company announced a record 18,000 layoffs that raised concerns about Microsoft's long-term commitment to its phones.

Wolfram fortifies SystemModeler with more libraries

Hydraulic actuators, battery stacks, biochemical systems and disease propagation are but a few things that now can be modeled more easily, thanks to a number of libraries and a library store that Wolfram Research has created for a new edition of its SystemModeler software package.

Hackers steal user data from the European Central Bank website, demand money

Hackers have stolen user contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, from the website of the European Central Bank and attempted to extort money from the institution.

Salesforce.com launches Sales Reach for real-time selling and marketing

Salesforce.com is combining its Pardot marketing software, sales automation application and social communities platform into a new product called Sales Reach, which it says can help salespeople nurture leads and make deals in real time.

For half, STEM degrees lead to other jobs

The truth, when it comes to computer employment data, is almost always ugly.

EBay faces class-action suit over data breach

EBay faces a class action suit in a U.S. federal court over a security breach earlier this year.

Twitter says employees mainly male and white, admits it has 'lot of work to do'

Twitter disclosed the gender and ethnicity breakdown of its employees on Wednesday, less than a week after U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the company to release its employee diversity information.