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Channel news: Hiring market tightens; IT execs pressure .gov on immigration, H1-B

A sunny hiring season for job seekers As unemployment rates dip below peak dot-com boom levels, companies are competing fiercely for the brightest new college grads. [CNET]

High-tech titans strike out on immigration bill Technology executives are trying to shape the Senate immigration bill to meet their demand for foreign workers, but they have had only limited success. [NYT]

Release of iPhone has industry abuzz There’s hype. There’s hysteria. And there’s history. The hype around Apple Inc.’s upcoming iPhone is abundantly clear. So is the hysteria. But how the iPhone will leave its historical mark after Friday’s launch is to be seen. [AP]

Oracle unveils compliance package for financial services The new Oracle GRC suite allows 24/7 views into enterprise systems to help keep them legal. [eWEEK]

Lotus leaps into social networking But will it do Web 2.0 without Notes? [TheReg]

A big WiFi aggregator will offer monthly flat-rate service Boingo Wireless is introducing on Monday what it says is the first worldwide flat-rate plan for Wi-Fi hot spots. [NYT]

Touch-screen phones poised for growth Get your fingers ready. Apple Inc.’s iPhone is leading a new wave of gadgets using touch-sensitive screens that react to taps, swishes or flicks of a finger. The improvements promise to be slicker and more intuitive than the rough stomp of finger presses and stylus-pointing required by many of today’s devices. [AP]

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