What’s new and cool? Glad you checked in, you won’t believe what I found…

* Yep, it’s this Thursday! A terrific upcoming event in our Last Thursdays Unwired Coffee Series at Lawrence Technological University. On Thursday, March 28 it’ll be “How To Get A Tech Job In Detroit.” Yours truly will moderate a panel of experts on the topic. Scheduled to appear are Allen Coleman, Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Staffing Solutions; Nathan Hughes, Co-Founder of Detroit Labs; Matt Mosher, Co-Founder and CEO, hiredMyway.com; Margaret Pierce, Director of the Department of Career Services, Lawrence Technological University; and Molly Rose, Senior Technical Recruiter, Secure-24. The meeting will be held at the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery at LTU, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Registration and networking begin at 7:30 a.m., and the discussion and question-and-answer session will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.

* A flash in the East Coast sky Friday night has social media buzzing. Another meteor, it seems.

* Shares of BlackBerry fell nearly 8 percent on Friday after reports of a flat response to the launch of its new Z10 smartphone in the vitally important U.S. market. http://yhoo.it/16buMIl

* It’s the end of Indian tech outsourcing as we’ve known it: India’s IT outsourcers are promoting “mini CEOs” capable of running businesses on their own, while trimming down on the hordes of entry-level computer coders they normally hire as they try to squeeze more profits out of their staff.

* The European Union is looking into potential antitrust violations involving the distribution of Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads, after receiving what sources said were informal complaints from telecoms operators. The complaints involve handset subsidies and marketing that the world’s most valuable technology corporation sign-off with operators that carry its smartphones and tablets, and also includes subsidies that carriers pay to Apple, one of the three sources told Reuters on Friday.

* Microsoft Corp did not violate a patent owned by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility when it made its popular Xbox, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission said in a preliminary decision issued on Friday. A final ITC decision in the case is due in July.

* Lawmakers are already looking to ban Google Glass on the road.

* The FAA may finally be ready to power down its paranoia over the use of some devices on airplanes.

* Things have gotten complicated for PC maker Dell with a pair of last minute buyout proposals, one from the asset management firm Blackstone Group and the other from activist investor Carl Icahn.

* Here’s another cool thing to watch but DO NOT ATTEMP: Mixing alcohol and a Krypton laser.

* The U.S. Senate’s first detailed budget in four years includes Internet sales taxes.


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