With the U.S. presidential election over, the nation's largest technology companies are looking ahead to a second Obama term and hoping for business-friendly resolutions to issues such as online copyright, immigration, Net neutrality and cybersecurity. Among the industry's most pressing issues is a skills gap that companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Intel say could be alleviated if the federal government expands its H-1B high-skill visa program to allow more trained workers into the country. "I think that immigration reform is the new big-ticket issue for the president" besides the deficit, said Kevin Richards of the industry trade group TechAmerica.

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