Daily Archives: December 14, 2011

Does the solution to the US’s looming technology skills crisis lie in letting 15-year-olds play with computer-directed laser cutters?

To a growing band of enthusiasts such as Mark Hatch, who is just as happy to thrust welding torches into the hands of adolescents and simple computer programming tools in front of pre-teens, this is the best way to reverse the waning interest in science and technology among America’s children.

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Tech news from around the web:

Facebook is planning a push into mobile advertising by the end of March, according to Bloomberg. One idea being considered is to put Facebook’s Sponsored Stories ads, which feature friends’ interactions with brands, within the mobile news feed. Read more

Jive Software’s successful debut on the Nasdaq on Tuesday reflects investor enthusiasm for social media companies, though it is unclear how eager businesses are to bring a Facebook-style network to the workplace. Read more