News Scan: Wired telecom, semiconductor jobs among most endangered; 5-year-old discovers Xbox vulnerability; more


>> Wired telecom, semiconductor jobs among nation's most endangered

Yahoo's Hot Jobs web site has just released its updated listing of the 10 most endangered job sectors, two tech-related job fields make the list of industries expected to lose the greatest number of jobs by 2018. Grabbing the number two spot of largest job percentage loss is the semiconductor industry, with a 33.7 percent job loss (of the 432,000 jobs the industry had in 2008). Wired telecom jobs makes the list in the number 10 slot. According to the web site, wired telecom is expected to lose 11 percent of its 666,000 job base. The number one job loss field is cut-and-sew apparel manufacturing, which Yahoo Hot Jobs says will see 57 percent of its 155,000-job workforce disappear in the next four years.

(Read more on endangered tech jobs: 5 jobs nearing extension, and what's taking their place / The top 10 endangered jobs list)

>> 5-year-old boy discovers vulnerability in Microsoft's Xbox system

A 5-year-old buy from San Diego has been publicly commended by Microsoft for his security skills, after he discovered a vulnerability in the company's Xbox game console. According to IDG News Service, Kristopher Von Hassel's parents noticed earlier this year that the boy had successfully logged into his father's Xbox Live account without the benefit if knowing the password and was playing games he wasn't supposed to. "After typing an incorrect password,  Kristopher was taken to a password verification screen. There he simply tapped the space bar a few times, hit 'enter' and was let into his father's account," the article notes. Kristopher's name is now listed among Microsoft's March list of security researchers that have discovered vulnerabilities in its products.

(Read more on Microsoft vulnerabilities: Microsoft Security Bulletin / Microsoft Vulnerability Research)

>> Ovum, Informa telecoms and media research to merge

Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media Research, both divisions of Informa plc, today announced their intention to combine under the Ovum brand, to create the world's largest telecoms industry research firm. In an email to FierceCIO, the companies said they will also be the fourth-largest technology analyst house globally, offering customers "unrivaled analysis across the converging IT, media and telecom industries, and including a suite of new research, market data and consulting services." The new business will be fully integrated by the end of May. Spread across 23 offices in 6 continents, Ovum will employ 275 staff members, including 180 analysts providing a combination of local and global insights.

(Read more on Ovum and Informa: Ovum home page / Informa home page)

>> 45 percent of organizations globally have a cloud presence

Despite continued security fears by a large number of organizations, nearly half (45 percent) of organizations now have some cloud-based applications running in production environments, according to a new study by 451 Research and commissioned by Microsoft. In addition, 58 percent of survey respondents say they have selectively targeted new applications and projects for cloud computing. According to an article at Business 2 Community, 451 Research interviewed 2,000 organizations from 11 countries, with more than a third in the United States. North America has the largest percentage of companies in the cloud discovery and evaluation phase, at 29 percent.

(Read more on cloud adoption rates: Enterprise cloud adoption: 5 hard truths / IT's losing battle against cloud adoption)