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Channel news: AMD lays off 430; IT hiring picture dims

AMD lays off 430 amid heavy losses It’s been a rough start to the year for Advanced Micro Devices, and now 430 former employees are looking for work. [CNET]

Report: Supply of IT pros down, though demand is up According to a new report, demand for IT employment is high, but the supply of workers is lacking, and one of the reasons listed is that “tech just ain’t cool.” [eWEEK]

Risk management: Think policy first, technology second Auditor on your tail? Gartner analysts have six hot technologies that’ll impress the inspector — but with one caveat: Have good policies in place before you buy. []

SAP plans to phase out the common meeting — Web 2.0 style At Sapphire 2007, SAP jumped aboard the Web 2.0 train, announcing three products to help users communicate more efficiently and not leaving them in the digital dust.[]

SAP acquisitions: Special report SAP hasn’t been as active as Oracle, but it has been making acquisitions. This report provides coverage and commentary on SAP’s strategy and its ramifications.[]

Longhorn Server to be christened Windows Server 2008 To next to no one’s surprise, Microsoft is going to christen Longhorn Server “Windows Server 2008.” And it might do so as early as next week to coincide with the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles. How can I be so sure?[AllAboutMicrosoft]

Microsoft backpedals on ‘Viridian’ virtualization A beta version of Microsoft Windows Server Virtualization “Viridian” will ship with RTM version of Windows Server “Longhorn” later this year, but without some core features.[]

Apple’s shareholder meeting notes: Leopard, Apple TV, and CNBC have notes from Apple’s shareholder meeting which took place today. In it Steve Jobs fielded various questions covering the backdating stock options, Fred Anderson, Greenpeace and the iPhone. Some of the interesting tidbits are posted below:   “Leopard will be worth the wait” – Steve Jobs [MacRumors]

Google sees mergers big and small Google Inc. has become more comfortable doing big acquisitions but still sees small technology deals as its primary thrust for buying businesses, its chief executive said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Sun announces its own Rich Internet app framework In an otherwise headline-light JavaOne, Sun has announced that it is throwing its hat in the ring with its own Java-based frameworks for Rich Internet, also known as Web 2.0 Applications. [Computer Business Review]

Ubuntu Studio 7.04 is released! The Ubuntu Studio team is proud to announce its first release: 7.04 for Intel i386-compatible processors. With this release, which you can download for DVD in little over 860 MiB, we offer a feature on installation where you can choose between the Audio, Graphics or Video creative tasks; and choose also to install a number of plugins. [, via Digg]

Microsoft gathers hackers in Redmond  Blog: Fifth “Blue Hat” event brings hackers to Microsoft’s campus to give employees a security reality check. [CNET]

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