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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Maybe Merry Month Of May
2. Today's Top Story
    - Big Apple Weighs In On Net Neutrality
3. Breaking News
    - Band Of Bloggers Promises Uncensored Iraq Footage On History.com
    - Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
    - Vonage Ad Appeals To Consumers After Loss To Verizon
    - Apple Offers Fix For MacBook Battery Problems
    - Ray Ozzie Outlines Microsoft's 'Sea Change' At Mix 07
    - IBM's Hardware Rollout Targets Small Businesses Abroad
    - Samsung Begins Production Of 16-Gbyte Flash Memory Chip
    - Google, 4 U.S. States Partner On Government Info Search
    - IT Managers Fear Security Breaches Could Cost Their Jobs
    - Microsoft Details Silverlight At Mix 07 Conference
    - IBM Adds Business 2.0 Tools For Partners
    - Peter Gabriel Helps Launch 'We7' Free Music Service
    - U.S. High Court Loosens Patent 'Obviousness' Test
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
    - Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
    - Got Any Good Windows Vista Tips?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Top 5 Challenges Of Migrating Lotus Notes Applications
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx


1. Editor's Note: The Maybe Merry Month Of May

This first day of the month of May, popularly known as May Day, can mean different things to different people. For many, it heralds the beginning of spring, when you can finally stop running to weather.com to see if there's yet another late snowstorm coming and can start googling phrases like "weed killer" and "swimsuit sales." For others, especially if they live in some other country, or have certain political views, it means a day when you celebrate workers and, more often than not, protest conditions you see as unfair.

According to InformationWeek's 2007 Salary Survey, many tech workers don't have an awful lot to protest about. According to the survey, base salaries for tech workers have risen after nearly three years of stagnant pay, and the number of managers and staffers who feel secure in their jobs has risen as well.

However, the rise is only evident in certain job categories, such as system integration and data mining. The lower-paid grunt workers who labor at help desks, Web design, and general IT aren't earning nearly as much and aren't seeing a similar rise. (If you find yourself in those categories, or in a similarly worrisome position, you might want to check out the How-To IT Career Guide: 7 Critical Strategies, From Getting Started To Semiretiring.

But if there are any May Day protests happening among technophiles, it's unlikely to concern stagnant salaries or low job morale. Instead, they're probably rallying around issues such as the Internet Radio Equality Act, a bill that has just been introduced in the House of Representatives in order to offset the recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board to raise the royalty rates for Internet radio sites. The decision, according to representatives of these sites, could force many Webcasters such as AccuRadio and Pandora out of business, and is set to go into effect May 15.

What do you think? Are you celebrating the oncoming spring, or protesting the latest layoffs? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Big Apple Weighs In On Net Neutrality
Speakers at New York City hearing urge Congress to legislate a free and open Internet.


3. Breaking News

Band Of Bloggers Promises Uncensored Iraq Footage On History.com
The History Channel promises that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will provide the site with "uncensored news" and a "perspective on war never before seen in history."

Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
How did the animated cursor flaw, which plagued Microsoft users with wave after wave of exploits this spring, get through Vista's security? A Microsoft security guru takes on the question in a blog.

Vonage Ad Appeals To Consumers After Loss To Verizon
A new campaign plays on fears that Verizon's court victory over Vonage could enable Verizon to use its patent portfolio against other VoIP providers.

Apple Offers Fix For MacBook Battery Problems
Apple said the problems do not present a safety hazard and MacBook owners could continue using the batteries, which were sold between February 2006 and April 2007.

Ray Ozzie Outlines Microsoft's 'Sea Change' At Mix 07
The company spotlights its cross-browser Silverlight technology, as well as improvements to Windows Live Spaces, Virtual Earth, and Live Search.

IBM's Hardware Rollout Targets Small Businesses Abroad
An IBM survey of 1,200 midmarket businesses around the world found that nearly 66% planned to change their business model within the next two years in order to compete internationally.

Samsung Begins Production Of 16-Gbyte Flash Memory Chip
The high-capacity chip will be promoted for use in digital music players, music phones, and digital cameras.

Google, 4 U.S. States Partner On Government Info Search
Google said Sunday it was working with the governments of Arizona, California, Utah, and Virginia to make it easier for consumers to search for hard-to-find public information on state sites.

IT Managers Fear Security Breaches Could Cost Their Jobs
A recent poll showed that only 35% of managers say they are equipped to deal with a data loss, while a majority take their worries home with them.

Microsoft Details Silverlight At Mix 07 Conference
Flash competitor to support VB programming; may show up in cell phones and on Linux.

IBM Adds Business 2.0 Tools For Partners
The new social networking services will let IBM's business partners communicate using the type of online tools more commonly found on teen-centric Web sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Peter Gabriel Helps Launch 'We7' Free Music Service
The songs are free of DRM and download fees as long as users are willing to listen to personalized messages that are "grafted" onto the beginning of song tracks and albums.

U.S. High Court Loosens Patent 'Obviousness' Test
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday moved to loosen a key legal standard used in patent cases, potentially making it easier in some cases to get the federal courts to invalidate a patent as obvious.

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him -- the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business.

Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary.

Got Any Good Windows Vista Tips?
Have you got your feet wet with Microsoft's new operating system? If you're like me, you don't have it at work, but you've been spending an untoward amount of time with it on your home PC.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Benefitfocus.com, Inc. seeking Information Architect in Charleston, SC

University of California at Santa Cruz seeking Database Administrator in Santa Cruz, CA

Associated Bank seeking Business Systems Analyst in Green Bay, WI

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialist - PeopleSoft in Erlanger, KY

The Chamberlain Group seeking SAP Web/Portals Architect in Elmhurst, IL

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

Top 5 Challenges Of Migrating Lotus Notes Applications
This guide for organizations evaluating the feasibility of converting or redeveloping their Lotus Notes applications summarizes the "Top Five Challenges," which are based on accumulated industry experience with the conversion or redevelopment processes.


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