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IBM Helps Fund Web Hosting For Anti-SCO Site Groklaw

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Make More, Work Less
2. Today's Top Story
    - IBM Helps Fund Web Hosting For Anti-SCO Site Groklaw
3. Breaking News
    - Mozilla Releases Firefox Update To Patch Port-Scanning Flaw
    - Review: George Is An iPod's Best Friend
    - Twitter Traffic, Blog Buzz Up
    - Stolen Data From T.J. Maxx Parent Company Surfaces In Florida Wal-Mart Fraud
    - Dell Launches Low-Cost PC For China In Market War
    - Motorola Offers Music-Camera Phone To Succeed Razr
    - 40,000 ASU Students Leap To Google Apps; University Pays Zero
    - Microsoft's Bill Gates Loses Xbox Soccer Match
    - John Backus, Fortran Pioneer, Dead At 82
    - Judge Finds Google Isn't A Monopoly
    - IBM Launches Developers' Resources In Second Life
    - Judge Throws Out Defamation Suit Against Google
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - Google Denies Google Phone And Stresses Mobile Software
    - Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm?
    - If Viacom Wins Its Case Against Google
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Migrating From ERwin To PowerDesigner
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." -- Robert Heinlein


1. Editor's Note: Make More, Work Less

California may be the tech industry's center of gravity, but a new analysis suggests there's a far better state for those making their living as programmers: Texas. Four of the top 10 cities for apps programmers' salaries are in California, but when you factor in cost of living to come up with an adjusted salary -- a far more meaningful figure -- no other state comes close to Texas. The Lone Star State has all of the top five cities on this measure, and six of the top 10. Houston is No. 1. That's a remarkable showing.

Even more telling, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, and San Jose -- all in the top 10 for gross salary -- are in the bottom 10 for adjusted salary.

This is just one blogger's finding, using Department of Labor salary data and, apparently, this cost-of-living calculator. Is Texas indeed the best place for a programmer to ply his or her trade? Are there an adequate number of programming jobs in Texas to make this analysis hold up? Is California's cost of living putting it at a disadvantage in the hunt for talent? Weigh in at my blog entry.

In other career developments, I'd love your thoughts on this item asserting that companies are pushing their overworked employees to work less. Yes, there are plenty of examples of companies that think their people will perform better if they are able to maintain some work-life balance. Are those companies the rule or the exception?

Finally, for up-to-date career news and available jobs, check out our sister site, TechCareers, which is the source of our job listings in this newsletter.

Tom Smith
tasmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

IBM Helps Fund Web Hosting For Anti-SCO Site Groklaw
The University of North Carolina's ibiblio project provides free Web hosting services to Groklaw, and ibiblio is funded in part by grants from IBM as well as several other tech companies.


3. Breaking News

Mozilla Releases Firefox Update To Patch Port-Scanning Flaw
The vulnerability, rated a low risk, could let a hacker take a look around inside a user's computer.

Review: George Is An iPod's Best Friend
If you're serious about getting music out of your iPod, then this audio equipment is for you -- if you've got some money to burn.

Twitter Traffic, Blog Buzz Up
The company that runs the site has issued statements indicating it is trying to increase server capacity to keep up with growing demand.

Stolen Data From T.J. Maxx Parent Company Surfaces In Florida Wal-Mart Fraud
Thieves used the stolen customer data to create dummy credit cards for purchasing Wal-Mart and Sam's Club gift cards, and then used those to hit stores in 50 of Florida's 67 counties.

Dell Launches Low-Cost PC For China In Market War
The desktop computer launch -- which targets first-time buyers in the world's second-largest PC market -- comes as Dell struggles to sustain growth as its strongest markets mature.

Motorola Offers Music-Camera Phone To Succeed Razr
The MotoRizr Z3 debuts this week exclusively through T-Mobile.

40,000 ASU Students Leap To Google Apps; University Pays Zero
Last October, Arizona State University became the first large institution to deploy Google Apps, a comprehensive suite of productivity applications.

Microsoft's Bill Gates Loses Xbox Soccer Match
To his credit, Gates forced Mexican national player Rafael Marquez to a nail-biting overtime before succumbing 2-1 on penalty kicks.

John Backus, Fortran Pioneer, Dead At 82
A serendipitous walk past IBM's headquarters building in New York City in 1950 helped launch the career of the software pioneer.

Judge Finds Google Isn't a Monopoly
The court suggests Google's high prices, by themselves, are not anticompetitive or exclusionary, but critics see things differently.

IBM Launches Developers' Resources In Second Life
Codestation includes a giant labyrinth where software developers can build robots and race them against each other.

Judge Throws Out Defamation Suit Against Google
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the fairness of how Google calculates the popularity of Web sites in determining search results.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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Google Denies Google Phone And Stresses Mobile Software
So is Google actually building a mobile phone or not? This burning question is keeping mobile bloggers everywhere busy. And just when it looked like Google had confirmed the long-awaited Google Phone, another company executive this week came out and denied the rumors.

Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm Last Week?
Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal, Isabel Aguilera, this week confirmed that the Google Phone is for real. But she downplayed the much-anticipated device, saying it was just one of 18 R&D initiatives Google is currently funding. But which device is it?

If Viacom Wins Its Case Against Google
Viacom's lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement probably will be withdrawn when Google blinks and offers Viacom a major portion of the ad dollars it brings in hosting Viacom content.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Deloitte Consulting seeking Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialist - Server Development and Support in Georgetown, KY

ITT Corporation seeking Sr. System Analyst in Fort Wayne, IN

Agilent seeking IT Manager MA&D Program Management in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

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


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