Around The IT Industry 12/5 – 12/9

by Modis on December 8, 2011

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Tech employment and wages are on the rise

The tech industry added 7,100 jobs in November, and the employment is approaching the all-time-high record of 4.088 million people set back in 2008. The U.S. government report revealed this good news for tech workers, and additional anecdotal evidence suggests wages might be increasing, as well.

Report shows poor security in 8 out of 10 software apps

Based on a Veracode assessment done via an automated analysis of almost 10,000 applications, 8 out of 10 software apps fail to meet a security assessment. Government apps had worse results for cross-site scripting and SQL injection flaws. Commercial apps struggled with remote-execution flaws.

Kaspersky Lab quit BSA because of SOPA support

The Business Software Alliance’s tacit support for the Stop Online Piracy Act prompted Kaspersky Lab to discontinue its membership effective Jan. 1 of next year. Kaspersky Lab believes that the initiative might be counter-productive to the public interest.

Cybercrime investigators have successful year

Arrests, indictments, and convictions filled 2011 and made for an impressive compilation of accomplishments for cybercrime investigators. Eight major busts occurred this year, including the indictments of Ryan Cleary and Aaron Swartz.

Microsoft and G.E. announce plan to create ‘Windows’ for health care

The two companies will work together to form a sort of software operating system for the health care industry that will standardize the tasks of running computer programs. The aim is to lay down the foundation for an increase in software applications that will address issues in the health care system.

Twitter adopts Facebook-like features

The new social platform that launched Dec. 8 focuses on users and helps people create more well-rounded profiles about themselves. This information will be displayed in a new “Me” tab that allows for better introductions.

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