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Mar 5 2007   7:51AM GMT

Channel news: Feds to own less IT; Cisco buys social nets

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Federal IT Outsourcing market reflects shortages and shift away from government-owned IT  The impending U.S. federal IT workforce shortage, war in
Iraq, and federal contract spending slowdown are resulting in a shift within the federal market away from a government-owned, government-operated model toward a contractor-owned, contractor-operated approach, according to analyst firm INPUT. As a result, the analysts forecast the federal IT outsourcing (ITO) market growth at a compound annual growth rate of 5.9 percent, from $13.3 billion in FY 2006 to $17.7 billion by FY 2011.

Berners-Lee’s talk goes back to the Web’s future Opinion: Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium, presents a good argument for net neutrality. [eWEEK]

Social networking’s next phase  Next week Cisco Systems, a Silicon Valley heavyweight, plans to announce one of its most unusual deals: it is buying the technology assets of, a mostly forgotten social networking site, according to people close to the companies’ discussions. [NYT]

VMware launches second ‘Fusion’ beta for Macs The virtualization company is looking to entice Mac users with Beta 2 of its desktop virtualization software. [eWEEK]

Whatever happened to Microsoft LOBi?  Whatever happened to Microsoft’s LOBi (Line of Business Interoperability) strategy/technology/products? Weren’t they supposed to be the answer to Microsoft developers’ Office-integration prayers?
[All About Microsoft]

Windows fails second virus test Microsoft’s Live OneCare security software has failed tests which check how well it spots and stops malicious programs designed to attack Windows. [BBC]

California may require Open Docs standard An assemblyman from San Francisco is trying to make
California’s state government the latest to join in mandating the use of open document formats. [PCWorld]

HP closes curtain on sales chief Booth 
Americas overhaul underway. New channel chief named Friday. [TheReg]

Captain Obvious headline of the day:  Winters a trial for Maine’s nudists [Boston Globe]

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