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    Talking Innovation with Charlie Bolden

    In our latest Talking Innovation session, ITI’s Dean Garfield sat down with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden for a conversation that literally circled the universe.  In this exclusive interview, Bolden shares how he was inspired in his youth by teachers and parents that taught him to love math and the sciences, to what aeronautic technologies will be revolutionizing air travel in coming years, to [...]
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    Remembering Gary Fazzino

    Every death is sad and untimely, but, in the case of Gary Fazzino, sad does not capture the impact or scope of the loss on  the tech sector and the world.   Gary Fazzino is not a household name, but his humanity and work has impacted us all. He was vice president of government affairs at Applied Materials.  He worked for many years at HP before that in several leadership posts.  He served on the ITI [...]
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    ITI Companies Recognized as Among the World’s Greenest

    ITI members received high marks on the latest environmental measure of publicly traded companies, holding six of the top ten slots on the ranking of the greenest U.S. companies, according to Newsweek’s fourth annual Green Company Rankings list that came out on Monday. IBM topped the U.S. chart for the second year in a row, and also ranked number 4 among 500 global companies.  Among U.S. companies, [...]
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    Clear Eyes, Steady Voice, Strong Leadership

    Each year, ITI honors one board member whose efforts transcend regular responsibilities to the organization with the Gary P. Fazzino Award for Innovation Excellence.  The award recognizes “demonstrated and consistent leadership and exemplary service in promoting innovation and technology.”  This year, we presented the award to Tim Regan, Senior Vice President of Corning, Incorporated, and the ITI Board [...]
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    “Let’s talk about what we need to compete”

    The presidential debate tonight provided the final opportunity for the American people to see President Obama and Governor Romney sit side-by-side and debate their plans for the nation for the next four years.  One of the important takeaways from this debate is that both candidates recognize that our foreign policy success is directly entwined with our economic success — for us to be a strong leader [...]
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    Debate Preview: All Things Global = All Things Local

    The final presidential debate starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET and will focus on global issues.  Given that topic, people may be tempted to change the channel.  But doing so would ignore the fact that our world today is more intertwined than ever before.  95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the United States, and when people in China buy an iPhone or open an AOL account, those decisions impact [...]
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    Felix Baumgartner: Stunt Man or Scientist?

    By now you’ve probably heard or read about Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from 24 miles above the earth.  24 miles.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Airliners often fly at about 30,000 feet, or between 5 and 6 miles above the Earth.  Baumgartner decided he wanted to fall from a distance more than 4 times that. The jump certainly makes for great water cooler talk, and some might consider Baumgartner [...]
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    Google’s data centers: an inside look

    This blog was originally posted on the Google Blog. Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centers, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard. While we’ve shared many of our designs and best practices, and we’ve been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small [...]
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    Tonight's Debate: Better on Jobs, Worse on Taxes

    For the first half, almost three-quarters, of the town-hall debate tonight, we thought the candidates actually got it.  They reached into the tech toolbox for job creation.  Trade.  Education.  High-skilled immigration reform.  Energy innovation and independence.   Both candidates recognized the importance each of these areas to our economic future.  However, neither came close to outlining a comprehensive [...]
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    Focus on Jobs Should Be Debate Job #1

    Two debates are in the books, and the candidates for president and vice president have yet to put forward any significant details on how they would accelerate job creation and lasting economic strength across the country.  We understand that the men elected in November to lead our government have to be able to focus on myriad issues and demonstrate their knowledge and approach to a wide spectrum of [...]
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