Kim Hart Jul 26
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Silicon Valley no longer has lock on software developers


Eighty-nine percent of U.S. software developers actually live and work outside of the Bay Area, according to a study by The App Association.

Why it matters: Software is the basis for the technologies — and therefore jobs — of the future: self-driving cars, augmented reality and artificial intelligence, to name a few. The high cost of living in Silicon Valley has driven some workers to look elsewhere for jobs so companies are starting to branch out to other cities to capitalize on that migration. For example, big names like Apple and Google now have engineering offices in Seattle, providing competition for talent to local companies Microsoft and Amazon.

Where are these workers? HackerRank, a San-Francisco-based company that runs a community of engineers and helps match developer talent with jobs, studied coding submissions of developers across the country over the past two years and scored them across several attributes to find out states stack up.

  • Washington and Wyoming top California (which is in third place) as the best state for developers.
  • The worst state? Montana.
  • Hawaii, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania have the fastest-growing developer activity.
  • Wisconsin has the best developers in the Rust Belt.
  • Oregon is home to the best Java developers.
  • Washington, D.C. ranks 14th overall but is number one in functional programming.

Shortage: The demand for software developers far exceeds the supply, with more than 200,000 job openings that companies have a hard time filling. This shortage is why tech companies care so much about high-skilled immigration to help fill some of these jobs, and has put pressure on school systems and universities teach more computer science skills to prepare for future industries.

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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

Haley Britzky 8 hours ago
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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the NYT. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.