Roundup: Tech salary raises in '08, Supreme Court knocks down anti-porn law, and more layoffs

Here’s the latest action, depressing as half of it is:

Apple will make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2010 (at least in spirit) — The company has already said it will stop attending the Macworld event, so rumors that it will go to CES instead, persist. Apple or no Apple, CES is doing its best to woo the third-party developers and manufacturers with what has been dubbed the iLounge Pavilion for iPod and iPhone products.
Electronic Arts’ Tiburon, Fla. studio affected by layoffs — No one expected that EA laying off 10 percent of its staff would mean job losses for those behind its hugely popular and lucrative Madden NFL and NCAA Football video game series.

Are those Microsoft job cuts coming soon? — Analysts are speculating, and it doesn’t look good, with estimates around 6,000 to 8,000 jobs, or six to eight percent of its workforce.

Warner Bros. is cutting 800 jobs — The studio’s headquarters in Burbank will be hardest hit with 450 employees laid off and another 150 open positions not filled, even though Warner Bros. ranked first in domestic box office share in 2008, with hits like The Dark Knight. The LA Times has more.

Tech workers made more money in 2008 — I’m not overlooking the irony of this item following a triple whammy of layoff news. Silicon Valley information technology workers made the most among big cities overall, but it was smaller city IT employees, like those in Portland, Ore. and Baltimore, who got bigger raises last year.

The U.S Supreme Court dismisses anti-porn law — Preliminary rulings in 2002 and 2004 were in favor of the ACLU, which protested that the Child Online Protection Act, which punishes those who publish “material that is harmful to minors” online, was too broad and prohibitive. The third time around, the court refused to even listen to the case.

Encyclopedia Britannica vs. Wikipedia: Fight! — The old-school (seriously, it’s 241 years old) Britannica is allowing users to edit its online content, with approved changes to later appear in a print version.  Jimmy Wales is probably laughing.

Italy’s Neomobile acquires Spain’s Arena Mobile —
More here.

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