eWeek Newsbreak, May 19, 2008

By eweek  |  Posted 2008-05-19 Email

Three major data portability moves in three business days last week--Friend Connect, MySpace Data Availability and Facebook Connect--is a signal that social networking is about to change. One of knocks against Facebook is its "walled garden" approach, which doesn't enable getting data and applications out of Facebook easily, video blogger Ed Cone reports, and these new moves are essential for corporate users to embrace social networking. ... With news of hiring freezes and budget cutbacks popping up everywhere, the job market is looking increasingly stormy for new graduates. Starting salaries for software developers and network and systems administrators dipped by as much as $10,000 in May, according to JobFox, an employment firm. ... Eric Lundquist explains how increasing worker productivity is still a good reason to invest in new technology. ... Microsoft revealed what could be the office of the future. During his CEO Summit keynote last week Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates demoed "TouchWall," which is similar to Microsoft-

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