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I'm sorry to see EE Times and its sister publications ending their print runs after many years. In my career, it was the original and most highly valued industry news source. It was a thrill to "qualify" for a subscription and receive the first issue addressed to me in my first job.
Several top media types have now landed at Cadence as they beef up their social media presence. The latest is former EE Times editor Brian Fuller, as announced in Right Turn on Seely Avenue -- A New Blog from Brian Fuller.
Both Synopsys and Cadence are making significant efforts in reaching social media, and it's interesting to see the different approaches. Synopsys has long been cultivating in-house talent and has first-mover advantage. Cadence has taken a shortcut by hiring top-notch journalists.
We can enjoy both perspectives, but certainly miss the more objective reporting formerly provided by third-party media.
At the dawn of time, a "blog" was short for Weblog -- primarily a way to share links of interest with like-minded people. To use one of the buzzwords of 2012, blogs were to "curate" web content.
Lately, I find myself doing more tweeting than blogging -- it's a quick and easy way to share links of interest. Here's a sample of what's happening in our "Semiconductor EDA" field, #semieda:
Tweets about "#semieda"
In the last few weeks I've come across a number of compelling pleas for the US government to target immigration and specifically "green card" quotas at the highly-skilled Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals that we need in the high tech industry.
I don't think it's some coordinated conspiracy to push this agenda, but rather good long-term policy for our economic well-being.
Quite a twist from the original immigration ideal; an update for the "flat" world?
"Give me your tired, your poor,-- Excerpt from The New Colossus
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"