Global Immigration

“Foreign Tech Workers Face Higher Hurdles In Visa Applications” – Bloomberg

“For highly-skilled foreign workers applying for a new work visa or an extension, the stakes involved just got a whole lot higher. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently updated its guidance, taking a much stricter approach to approving applications that are largely filed by those seeking work in the tech industry.” Read More

“Trump administration ignored warnings in cancelling immigration protections” – The Hill

“The Trump administration pushed forward its policy of ending immigration benefits for Central American countries despite advice to the contrary from its own intelligence analysts. A set of documents released as part of a court case Tuesday show the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence analysts warned that ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Central American countries would ultimately result in more illegal immigration.” Read More

“Germany asks difficult questions in the EU migration debate” – Financial Times

“Is it legitimate for privately owned boats to rescue those in peril on the Mediterranean Sea? Or, as the Die Zeit headline tersely put it: “Should one just leave it?” That was the question posed in a recent article in the prestigious German weekly about the right response to the challenge posed by growing numbers of refugees and migrants stranded off the coast between Africa and the EU.” Read More

Tech

“Trump Tried to Protect Qualcomm. Now His Trade War May Be Hurting It.” – New York Times

“Steve Mollenkopf, the chief executive of Qualcomm, has been waiting for a phone call with news from China. It has been a long wait. His company, which makes chips that help mobile phones communicate, has been on extended hold while the Chinese authorities review a deal that Qualcomm struck 20 months ago to buy another chip maker, NXP Semiconductors.” Read More

“UK criticizes security of Huawei products” – BBC Tech

“A UK government report into Huawei’s broadband and mobile infrastructure equipment has concluded that it has “only limited assurance” that the kit poses no threat to national security. The investigation revealed shortcomings in the Chinese firm’s engineering processes, which it said “have exposed new risks in UK telecoms networks.” Read More

“Facebook and Instagram change to crack down on underage children” – TechCrunch</strong>

“Facebook and Instagram will more proactively lock the accounts of users its moderators encounter and suspect are below the age of 13. Its former policy was to only investigate accounts if they were reported specifically for being potentially underage.” Read More

Entertainment

“Comcast Ends Pursuit of Fox, Bidding War With Disney” – Hollywood Reporter

“Cable giant Comcast has decided to end its pursuit of large parts of 21st Century Fox and not top a sweetened $71.3 billion cash and stock bid that Walt Disney had unveiled on June 20.The company said Thursday it would instead focus on its bid for European pay TV giant Sky. It recently submitted a raised $34 billion offer for Sky, topping an increased bid from Fox, which owns a 39 percent stake in Sky.” Read More

“How Kid Cudi Found Joy After Fighting Depression: ‘I’m the Best I’ve Ever Been” – Billboard

“Scott Mescudi grins like a person who knows that his next smile isn’t promised. His often arched eyebrows slowly dissolve, and the corners of his mouth extend to the edges of his face as if there is a new freedom waiting to be discovered there. At that point, Kid Cudi, as he’s better known, is mostly teeth. Once that smile arrives, it lingers. Cudi’s smile fights to exist, and it fights to stay.” Read More

“The scam industry: How the hip-hop boom sets hopefuls up for failure” – The A.V. Club

“The venue’s security checked the guest list one more time. HG Locks wasn’t on it. It slowly began to sink in: No one was expecting him to perform; he had been scammed. Weeks before the 21-year-old rapper found himself outside the Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, HG Locks received an email saying he had been selected to open for Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign.” Read More

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