Meta’s Huntsville Data Center announces 2022 Community Action Grants

Huntsville, AL—Meta is thrilled to announce recipients of their 2022 Community Action Grants. Congratulations BDPA Huntsville!

Through their Data Center Community Action Grants program, Meta provides funding for nonprofits and schools to support the long-term vitality of Huntsville. They fund projects that help put the power of technology to use for community benefit, connect people online or off and improve STEM education. Congratulations to the 2022 Huntsville Data Center grant recipients and a big thank you for your impactful work!

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2022 Huntsville Data Center Grant Award Recipients

National BDPA Huntsville Chapter / $18,750
To empower the FLIGHTS program to give students real-world career experiences

Drake State Community & Technical College / $15,247
To develop STEM learning opportunities with solar robotics kits and an Arduino Rev3 programmable robot

Huntsville City Schools / $10,000
To support the development of a community STEM garden that connects the community together

100 Black Men of Greater Huntsville, Inc. / $5,000
To help put on STEAM events and programs to inspire young people from diverse communities in Huntsville

Girls Inc. of Huntsville / $15,000
To support Operation Smart program for increasing leadership and improving graduation rates by providing programs for young girls

The Livin’ Room / $17,870
To provide new computers and projectors for trainings at the community center

Northwood Community Outreach / $50,000
To equip community coding classes with technology to improve connection for students and residents

Madison City Schools / $27,000
To provide tablets and enable equitable internet access for students in need

Village of Promise / $42,243
To equip adults with technology for pursuing GEDs, training for jobs and finding employment

Discovery Middle School / $1,000
To support the Greenpower Racing Program for inspiring hands-on problem solvers

CAP & GOWN Project / $15,000
To enable transformative opportunities to pursue college for underserved secondary school students

Data centers are part of the infrastructure that helps us bring WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and more to people around the globe. They support Meta’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

Sources: Meta Platforms, Inc. and BDPA Huntsville


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Justice Department Sues Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

WASHINGTON—Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas.

“Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives.  Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people,” said Attorney General William Barr. “Since my confirmation, I have prioritized the Department’s review of online market-leading platforms to ensure that our technology industries remain competitive.  This lawsuit strikes at the heart of Google’s grip over the internet for millions of American consumers, advertisers, small businesses and entrepreneurs beholden to an unlawful monopolist.”

 “As with its historic antitrust actions against AT&T in 1974 and Microsoft in 1998, the Department is again enforcing the Sherman Act to restore the role of competition and open the door to the next wave of innovation—this time in vital digital markets,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.

As one of the wealthiest companies on the planet with a market value of $1 trillion, Google is the monopoly gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising.  

As alleged in the Complaint, Google has entered into a series of exclusionary agreements that collectively lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the preset default general search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide and, in many cases, prohibiting preinstallation of a competitor. In particular, the Complaint alleges that Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in search and search advertising by:

  • Entering into exclusivity agreements that forbid preinstallation of any competing search service.
  • Entering into tying and other arrangements that force preinstallation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and make them undeletable, regardless of consumer preference.
  • Entering into long-term agreements with Apple that require Google to be the default – and de facto exclusive – general search engine on Apple’s popular Safari browser and other Apple search tools.
  • Generally using monopoly profits to buy preferential treatment for its search engine on devices, web browsers, and other search access points, creating a continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization.

These and other anticompetitive practices harm competition and consumers, reducing the ability of innovative new companies to develop, compete, and discipline Google’s behavior. 

The antitrust laws protect our free market economy and forbid monopolists from engaging in anticompetitive practices. They also empower the Department of Justice to bring cases like this one to remedy violations and restore competition, as it has done for over a century in notable cases involving monopolists over other critical industries undergirding the American economy like Standard Oil and the AT&T telephone monopoly. Decades ago the Department’s case against Microsoft recognized that the antitrust laws forbid anticompetitive agreements by high-technology monopolists to require preinstalled default status, to shut off distribution channels to rivals, and to make software undeletable. The Complaint alleges that Google is using similar agreements itself to maintain and extend its own dominance. 

The Complaint alleges that Google’s anticompetitive practices have had harmful effects on competition and consumers. Google has foreclosed any meaningful search competitor from gaining vital distribution and scale, eliminating competition for a majority of search queries in the United States. By restricting competition in search, Google’s conduct has harmed consumers by reducing the quality of search (including on dimensions such as privacy, data protection, and use of consumer data), lessening choice in search, and impeding innovation. By suppressing competition in advertising, Google has the power to charge advertisers more than it could in a competitive market and to reduce the quality of the services it provides them. Through filing the lawsuit, the Department seeks to stop Google’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers, and all companies now reliant on the internet economy.

Google is a limited liability company organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. Google is owned by Alphabet Inc., a publicly traded company incorporated and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware and headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Source/Seal: Department of Justice • Photo/Graphic: Google

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High Performance Data Processing: COBOL Programmers needed for huge surge in jobless data

TRENTON, NJ (BDPA-NJ) — “New Jersey needs COBOL Programmers.” At a press conference today, governor Phil Murphy asked for the help of volunteer coders who still know how to program in COBOL.

In New Jersey and perhaps other states with “legacy systems”, experts are urgently needed to fix COBOL-based unemployment insurance systems—some at least four decades old—that are overwhelmed due to COVID-19 related job losses.

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The state recently experienced a 1,600% increase in claims volume in a single week, said labor commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo during today’s briefing, stating that “over the prior two weeks we saw more than 362,000 people apply for unemployment as a result of this public health emergency.”

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Tech industry and cybersecurity experts feel such “volunteers”, similar to demographics of National BDPA’s founding members, are likely well over 60 years old making them especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Whether they would risk venturing back out to work or volunteer to update legacy systems that should have been updated decades ago remains an open challenge, especially if they cannot remotely perform emergency upgrades from home or a secured facility.  bt

Discover more. Preview related technical content, archives, or career articles from Industry and local BDPA Chapters via LinkedIn and Pinterest.

— Sources: New Jersey Department of Labor, Quartz, and BDPA-NJ
Top courtesy photo: Newark, NJ

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20 Cities Make Amazon’s HQ2 Short List

SEATTLE, WA – Amazon HQ2 will be Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs – it will be a full equal to their current campus in Seattle.

Top 20 cities from Atlanta to Washington are shown below.

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In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding communities.

Amazon has more than 540,000 employees worldwide and all of them—from hourly associates to their most senior executives—have access to the same generous health benefits and parental leave, including innovative programs like Leave Share and Ramp Back. Amazon ranks #1 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, #2 on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies, #1 on The Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and #2 on LinkedIn’s U.S. most desirable companies list. Amazon was also included in the Military Times’ Best for Vets list of companies committed to providing opportunities for military veterans.

What’s next? HQ2 will be the second Amazon headquarters in North America. The company is looking for a location with strong local and regional talent—particularly in software development and related fields—as well as a stable and business-friendly environment to continue hiring and innovating on behalf of our customers. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information as necessary, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate their hiring plans as well as benefit their employees and the local community.  A decision is expected later this year.

Source and photo: Amazon.com, Inc.
Cover photo credit: LiquidityBook.com. 

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Apple’s next US data center will be built in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa — Apple announced today plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one.

 

Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, and the company is contributing up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee.

 

“At Apple, we’re always looking at ways to deliver even better experiences for our customers. Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services — all powered by renewable energy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.”

 

The new Public Improvement Fund, to be established and managed by the City of Waukee, will support the development of community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs. The first project the fund will support is construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus featuring a greenhouse, playground, fishing pier and fields for high school and public sporting events.

 

apple-data-centerApple will be working with local partners to invest in renewable energy projects from wind and other sources to power the data center. Apple has pledged to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, and has already reached that goal in the US and 23 other countries.

 

“We’re honored Apple is choosing Iowa for the site of its most technologically advanced data center to date,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. “Apple’s commitment to innovation and renewable energy leadership mirrors our own. This investment in our state is vital as we continue to develop as a technology hub and grow our workforce.”

 

“Waukee is proud to welcome Apple,” said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard. “This new facility will bring with it high-quality jobs and important infrastructure developments for the city. We look forward to a continued partnership with Apple on this effort for decades to come.”

 

Construction on the data center is expected to start early next year and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.

 

Apple is one of the biggest job creators in the United States, responsible for 2 million jobs. Last year, Apple spent over $50 billion with more than 9,000 US suppliers and manufacturers. Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, US developers have earned over $16 billion in App Store sales worldwide.


Source: Apple

IT Summit and Town Hall Launch with New Tech Workforce

Helping Other People Excel (H.O.P.E.)

WASHINGTON (bdpatoday)—The H.O.P.E. Project DMV launched its inaugural IT Summit and Town Hall in the District of Columbia on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The IT Summit and Town Hall provided District residents unique opportunities to network and discuss industry trends with H.O.P.E. Project DMV alumni, IT industry experts, talent acquisition professionals, human resources (HR) managers, and project managers who run state-of-the-art  IT departments, tech support, and help desk operations.

This year’s workshop topics included, but was not limited to, the latest skills and certifications needed to land technical jobs, interviewing techniques, and the latest industry trends in areas such as Help Desk, Network Administration, and Cybersecurity. Obtaining security clearances and cultivating professional networks with community and trade associations also was presented and discussed.

16isummit7.pngTown Hall panelists (seated right to left) included: DC Workforce Investment Council Executive Director Mr. Odie Donald; Ward 8 Workforce Development Council Chair of the Board Ms. Carla Harris; U.S. Census Bureau IT Service Desk Manager Ms. Richard Honesty; and Ms. Ashley Williams, D.C. Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs.   BDPA-DC Chapter President, Perry Carter, provided the Town Hall’s opening remarks.

This year’s IT Summit provided unique opportunities for District and Washington-area residents to get introduced to the H.O.P.E. Project. One of America’s fastest growing award winning training programs was founded by Raymond Bell, Jr. in 2009.  It has been called “Harvard of the Hood” as hundreds of District residents successfully continue to move from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and minimum wage jobs directly into new technical career paths earning annual wages north of $42,000 on average in less than a year.

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Courtney R. Snowden (right), Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO), was the Town Hall’s featured speaker. She highlighted how this evolutionary program continues to make positive and significant impacts for the local economy and east of the river (EOTR).

Participating HOPE students, BDPA Members, HOPE Volunteers, and HOPE Alumni provided testimonials lauding their recent success stories. As one student clearly stated, “H.O.P.E. is really Real!”  In 2017, H.O.P.E. Project DMV, HOPE Alumni, and IT industry experts will travel to major U.S. cities, taking their IT Summit and Town Hall on the road to other underserved communities and BDPA Chapter cities.

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This month, nine concurrent training and certification sessions begin featuring CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Security+;  PMI’s PMP certification, and ITIL® Foundation’s certification training.

For more information, select here to visit  HOPE Project DMV’s landing page, or download your October 2016 edition of bdpatoday.  →

—Photo credits: HOPE Project DMV and BDPA-DC

Cisco to Layoff up to 20% of its Global Workforce

SAN JOSE, CA [CRN] — Cisco Systems is expected to announce the cuts within the next few weeks, as many early retirement package plans have already been offered to employees, said sources. Cisco is set to announce its fourth fiscal quarter results after the market closes later today.

cisco-focus-edtechCisco must retool digital tool sets for all vertical markets (such as education, healthcare, transportation, energy) with new people and new skills to become a smaller, leaner, and more agile company. Mark Haranas of CRN reports Cisco is laying off upward of 14,000 employees representing nearly 20 percent of the networking giant’s global workforce, according to multiple sources close to the company. These heavy cuts, which sources say range between 9,000 and 14,000 employees worldwide, stem from Cisco’s transition from its hardware roots into a new “software-centric” organization.

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— Source: CRN.com
Cover and photo credits: Cisco Systems 
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