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The average hourly wage for IT workers hit $31.30 in the first quarter, the highest it's been since 2001, according to a new study by IT staffing firm Yoh. ... Washington became the fourth state to pass legislation opposing the Real ID Act, which requires states to create driver's licenses that meet national standards and to store information in a national database. Arkansas, Idaho, and Maine have passed similar legislation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. ... Vonage CEO Michael Snyder stepped down last week as the company said it would continue providing VoIP service to existing customers and signing up new ones despite losing a patent infringement case to Verizon in federal court last month. Vonage will pay a quarterly royalty of 5.5% into an escrow account as directed by an appeals court. ... Consulting and outsourcing services provider Capgemini has opened a tech center in Katowice, Poland, where it will provide help desk, infrastructure management, and IT systems monitoring services. ... Sony says it will ship this year a high-def TV with an organic light emitting diode display that uses materials similar to those used by fireflies to emit light. The picture is brighter, of higher contrast, and has better color than that of LCD and plasma screens.

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