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?
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- Top 5 Challenges Of Migrating Lotus Notes Applications
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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
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.
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.
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.
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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