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1. Editor's Note: Why Kids Aren't Going Into IT
2. Today's Top Story
- What's Google's Next Move?
- Google's Wireless Plans May Pose Threat To Telecom Companies
- Google Bids To Provide Wi-Fi Access In San Francisco
- Google To Build Massive Facility On NASA Property
- Google Prevails In Age-Discrimination Suit
- Google Gains Search-Engine Market Share
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- Blinkx TV Gets Personal
- Cabbies Say 'No' To GPS
- Symantec Buys BindView
- RealNetworks Fixes Linux RealPlayer Flaw
- 3-D Movies Piggyback On Digital-Cinema Supply Chain
- California Enacts Tough Anti-Phishing Law
- HP Will Acquire RLX To Bolster Blades
- Broadband World Forum Eclipsed
- Some Voluntary Collection Of Internet Sales Taxes Started Saturday
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ETTA PLACE: "Why is there never any money, Butch?"
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1. Editor's Note: Why Kids Aren't Going Into IT
Young people are very happy to consume information technology, in
the form of the Web, E-mail, instant messaging, cell phones, and
iPods. They just don't want to create IT. America's colleges and
universities simply aren't turning out computer-science graduates
at a rate needed to fill the jobs available.
What's the solution?
Chris Murphy, our senior executive editor, news, says that IT recruiting starts at home. IT pros need
to communicate to young people, starting with their own kids,
that IT is still an exciting and rewarding profession to get
True, the total number of people employed in IT has
recovered, reaching 3.43 million people in the second
quarter, up 3.9% year over year, and very close to the 2001 level
of 3.46 million. But that's a recent development. Just last year,
IT employment reached a low of 25% fewer jobs than existed in
After five years making IT an unstable and downwardly mobile
occupation, high-level business executives have no business
looking hurt and betrayed when young people don't want to work
for them. If you kick a dog regularly for five years, you
shouldn't be surprised if he shies away when you reach out your
hand to him, even if this time you're offering him a cookie.
Kids today know the world doesn't owe them a living. That's why
they're looking for jobs that maximize their chances of earning a
living. If businesses want more kids to go into IT--if they want
retain the technology core competence needed to remain
competitive--they need to make IT a more stable and lucrative job
For a little (not a lot) more on this subject, or if you want to
add your 2 cents, see my blog entry. (But I don't expect more
than $0.02 out of you; after all, with the job market as volatile
as it's been recently, we all have to save our pennies.)
Seven years after its founding, Google has grown from a
bare-bones search engine into a technological octopus with
tentacles in everything. While pundits guess whether Google is
putting together a challenge to Microsoft, a free nationwide
Wi-Fi network, or a blockbuster deal, one thing's for sure:
Google wants to be everywhere people are.
Google Prevails In Age-Discrimination Suit
A California judge concluded that a former director of operations
for Google, who was 54 years old when he sued the company, didn't
provide enough evidence to prove that Google fired him because of
The new service weds blinkx's well-regarded video search engine
with user-personalization and -participation features. It's just
one example of the growth of IPTV, which is drawing the attention
of companies like Google, Verizon, and Microsoft.
Cabbies Say 'No' To GPS
New York City cabbies are opposing plans to install GPS devices,
or similar technology, in their vehicles.
Symantec Buys BindView
A week after buying Whole Security, Symantec breaks out its
wallet again to buy the supplier of agentless security-policy
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When blame is assigned for the current shortage of U.S. graduates
with degrees in engineering or computer science, universities
always seem to get away without even a harsh word. But not
anymore--a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution thrashes
university presidents for their lack of leadership in this area
of vital strategic national interest. Bob Evans wonders if it
might be time for the ivory towers to get a taste of some
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