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Fewer IT jobs were lost last year

A study released recently by the American Electronics Association (AeA) showed that in 2004 the U.S. high-tech industry lost 25,000 jobs, dropping to 5.6 million. This decline in 2004 represents a considerable slowdown in technology jobs lost, compared to the 333,000 jobs lost in 2003 and the 612,000 jobs lost in 2002.

Cyberstates 2005 found that all but four states lost high-tech jobs in 2003, the most recent year for which state data are available. California and Texas lost the greatest number of tech jobs, shedding some 67,800 and 32,900 jobs, respectively.

New York and Illinois were also among the five states that lost the most high-tech jobs. Despite these losses, California and Texas remained the leading cyberstates by employment, followed by New York and Florida. California (916,000), Texas (446,000), New York (305,000), Florida (259,000), and Virginia (244,000) led the nation in high-tech employment in 2003.

Intellworks signs deal with Symantec

Oak Park-based live cold call sales training provider Intellworks Inc. signed a deal to provide live cold calling sales training workshops for Cupertino-based Symantec Corp.

Intellworks works with sales representatives at companies enabling them gain new business through cold calling on the Fortune 500 and Global 2000.

Hess new VeriSmart president

San Jose-based VeriSmart Software Inc. appointed Mike Hess as president and CEO. Hess brings 30 years of general management, financial and engineering experience, primarily in early stage companies, where most recently he was the founder and CEO of Mobile Everywhere, a mobile software platform.

VeriSmart develops scalable and reliable simulation testing for software or hardware.

ServePath among first to offer SQL Server program

San Francisco-based ServePath is one of the first ISPs to offer hosted Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Workgroup Edition.

Microsoft recently released this new, lower-cost version of its flagship database, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Workgroup Edition. Workgroup Edition allows small and medium businesses to run their own copy of SQL Server for dynamic Web sites, e-commerce, and other applications that require a high performance database.

Feedster teams with AdBrite

San Francisco-based Feedster Inc., an Internet search engine that provides timely and meaningful information from blogs and RSS feeds, and AdBrite announced that they are partnering to offer blog publishers a suite of tools for buying and selling ads.

With the suite, publishers can set rates, specify placement and approve or reject site-specific ads. Advertisers can search to find individual blogs and customize ad copy for each property or purchase run-of-network ads. More information is available at

SaskTel joins with 2Wire

Canadian telco SaskTel has teamed up with San Jose-based 2Wire Inc., a provider of broadband service delivery platforms, to deliver home networking to its high-speed Internet and MAX subscribers.

As part of the deal, 2Wire will be the exclusive supplier of home networking solutions for SaskTel’s new HomeNet service, launched in March.

SaskTel is offering 2Wire’s latest residential gateway product, the HomePortal 1800HG residential gateway, to its high-speed Internet and MAX subscribers, enabling them to share a single broadband connection and network multiple devices in the home. The gateway will also be the default platform for SaskTel’s HomeNet services.

ATM Forum, Frame Relay group to merge

The ATM Forum and the MPLS & Frame Relay Alliance, both based in San Francisco, said their respective memberships approved the merger of the two organizations. The combined entity will be known as the MFA Forum.

The merger will consolidate the groups and leverage the strengths of each in addressing next generation, multi-protocol, packet-based networks. The goal of the merged organization will be to advance the recognition, acceptance and implementation of packet technologies in the global networking communications industry.

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