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Aging Out of Employment

Posted: 09/03/10 06:00 AM

The nation’s unemployment rate is out today. And as serious as those numbers are, the situation in Silicon Valley is even worse. The unemployment in the America’s high tech heartland is hovering near 11.5 percent.  While there are bidding wars erupting between Facebook and Google for young programmers. The situation for many older engineers is grim.

by Doede Boomsma

Vivek Wadwha, a visiting scholar at the School of Information at UC Berkeley, joins us to talk about the secret of Silicon Valley’s job market: It’s all about age.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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