IN BRIEF: IE6 users get Bing fever — whether they want it or not

A glitch in Internet Explorer 6 forced Microsoft’s newly launched Bing search engine onto users as their default Web browser, according to a report by Search Engine Land.

While Microsoft fixed the problem early Wednesday morning, the bug was reported by numerous IE6 users, complaining that their default search engine had switched from Google to Bing upon Microsoft’s launch of the search engine earlier this week.

Additionally, users who experienced the glitch were unable to manually change these settings until the fix was remotely pushed to affected users on Wednesday.

Apple iPhone dominates mobile Web surfing market

Despite accounting for less than 10 per cent of smart phone shipments last year, the Apple iPhone is the world’s most popular device for mobile Internet surfing, according to a new report.

In AdMob Inc.’s April 2009 Mobile Metrics Report, iPhone users are responsible for 43 per cent of all mobile Internet use. Symbian-based phones, which accounted for over half of global smart phone shipments last year, posted the second best number at 34 per cent of mobile Web surfing.

The iPhone also beat out BlackBerry (nine per cent), Windows Mobile (five per cent), Android (three per cent), and Palm-based phones (two per cent).

Google’s Android platform could have the most promise to catch the iPhone and Symbian-based devices, as it has yet to hit European and Canadian markets and only accounted for about one per cent of all smart phone sales last year.

Canadian IT leaders mentor Ottawa high school students

A new pilot program from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) that combats the growing IT skills shortage by matching leaders in the Canadian IT and communication industry (ICT) with Ottawa high school students is wrapping up a successful first year.

OCRI anticipates the Ottawa High School Technology Program, which matched 48 students with mentors from IBM Canada Ltd., Macadamian Technologies Inc., Nortel Networks Ltd. and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, will double in size next year and hopes to expand across Ontario in future years.

“The idea is to inspire students to pursue ICT careers before their senior year courses are locked in,” said Claude Haw, president and CEO or OCRI, in an issued statement.

More than 90,000 jobs in the IT sector will have to be filled in the next two to four years, according to the Conference Board of Canada. The Board estimates potential damage to the Canadian economy as a result of this shortage at $10.8 billion or $120,000 per job.

CA acquires cloud automation, optimization and analysis technology from Cassatt

CA Inc. announced yesterday the acquisition of certain assets from Cassatt Corporation, which include data centre automation technology and optimization capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Two senior executives from Cassatt – CTO and executive vice-president of product development Rob Gingell and co-founder and chief scientist Steve Oberlin – have also joined CA, along with developers, engineers and other key employees.

CA’s chief architect, Donald Ferguson, anticipates the result as “a uniquely comprehensive infrastructure management approach” that includes monitoring, analysis, planning, optimization and execution.

“Incorporating Cassatt’s analysis and optimization capabilities into CA’s world-class business-driven automation solution will enable cloud-style computing to reliably drive efficiencies in both on-premises, private data centers and off-premises, utility data centers,” stated Ferguson in a release to the press.

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