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1. Editor's Note: Reverse The (Outsourcing) Curse? What goes around comes around, even in outsourcing apparently! A recent front-page story in the Boston Globe says Indian software companies are facing a labor crunch similar to what U.S. companies experienced five years ago and are responding in kind. To whit, companies like Infosys Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services are planning to recruit thousands of new workers from around the world over the next year—including from the Unites States, according to the Globe. Infosys alone plans to spend $100 million on this mission, hiring both recent graduates and experienced workers.
Now much of this hiring supposedly won't be done in the Unites States. That's not surprising—Indian firms are under the same cost pressures as are U.S. and other western companies, and they're looking at rising salaries for local workers given the fierce competition for their services. But they'll hire some Americans, and that trend is expected to grow. It will be interesting to see whether that sparks a mini price war or helps to ratchet up salaries a bit—at least in some jobs—on both sides of the ocean.
It's not so far-fetched. If companies like EDS and IBM are looking to hire thousands of mostly overseas workers—many in India—at a time when Indian outsourcers and developers can't fill their own staffing needs internally, I see a collision ahead. Even Japan, which faces a nearly 10% loss of its current workforce between 2007 and 2009, may be forced to consider foreign workers. What we're looking at is a big circle, where Indians hire Americans and other foreigners and global western companies hire Indians, Chinese, etc. All this suggests the potential for a shortage of IT workers, if not fierce competition, and if so, there has to be some upside here for IT workers everywhere and certainly here as well.
Related Story: Blog: Steve Ballmer Answers Wall Street...Sort Of Steve Ballmer has heard an earful from Wall Street lately about explaining rampant spending and buying back more stock. But Microsoft's CEO gave little ground at an investors' conference in New York this week.
FBI Wants Internet Records Kept Two Years: Source The FBI director made the request—which he pitched as a way to help with investigations into terrorism and pornography—during a meeting this week with executives from Google, Microsoft, and others, the source says.
JBoss Chief Fleury Talks Up Red Hat Acquisition JBoss former chief Marc Fleury—now senior VP of Red Hat's JBoss division—discusses the impact of the deal on the company's existing partnerships and customers, future coopetition with IBM, and pact with Microsoft.
Raided Site Promises Swift Return A Swedish site called The Pirate Bay directs people to more than 157,000 movies, including newly released blockbusters, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Police have seized the site's server farm.
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5. In Depth: Bugs, Outages, Patches
Mozilla Patches 12 Firefox Flaws The organization also patched the Thunderbird e-mail client and older SeaMonkey browser. It's the fourth security update to the 1.5 edition of the browser since it was released in November.
About That Schwartz Blog, 'Nobody's Created More Jobs Than You' The message wasn't surprising, but the deliverer was. New Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz faced the music and announced that 4,000 to 5,000 employees will be dismissed at Sun over the next six months. What does this Schwartz have in common with the one who, upon being appointed a month ago, said he wasn't there "to take a whack to head count"?
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