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Hotspot services to reach $3.46 billion in 2009 Worldwide wireless data hotspot revenue will rise from $969 million in 2005 to $3.46 billion in 2009, according to Arizona-based In-Stat.

The growth will occur as the number of hotspot locations nearly doubles in size from 100,000 in 2005 to almost 200,000 by the end of 2009, the high-tech market research firm says.

The largest sector of the hotspot market will continue to be the cafe market (including coffee shops, fast food, and full service restaurants), which will grow from just over 40,000 venues worldwide in 2004 to just under 100,000 venues by 2009.

BrightTools upgrades Activeworx Grand Rapids-based BrightTools Inc.

released Activeworx v2.5.

Activeworx provides enterprise-grade security information management for leading security products such as firewalls and vulnerability assessment tools.

The latest version expands on the software’s already management abilities with extended security device support, enhanced visual reports, and the addition of the new Activeworx Event Framework.

It also brings previous events, logged in separate databases, into a single database.

This enables advanced tracking, searching, relationship graphing, and relationship diagramming of a network’s entire security posture.

Sheridan named among top leaders Richard Sheridan, president of Ann Arbor-based software firm Menlo Innovations L.L.C., was named one of the 50 Most Prolific Leaders in Project Management by the Project Management Institute.

Sheridan was featured in an October special edition of PM Network, the institute’s monthly publication.

Electronics recycler debuts Web site Royal Oak-based Recycling for Charities, which collects cellular phones, PDAs and digital cameras to recycle them for donations, has launched its new Web site, developed by Trademark Productions Inc.

Individuals and business can collect wireless equipment and send it to RFC.

The money from each unit collected is split with RFC and donated to the person’s charity of choice.

RFC accepts all makes and models, regardless of working condition, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Nonprofit organizations can sign up to be included on the list of charities by going to the RFC Web site,

This program can be used as a school, church or scout-troop fundraiser.

Marketing materials can be downloaded from the RFC Web site.

IT worker confidence rebounds According to the Hudson Employment Index survey, IT workers regained confidence in September, as the sector’s index increased over seven points from 97.5 to 104.8.

Increased job satisfaction, reduced layoff worries and optimism about personal finances spurred the increase.

The percent happy with their current job jumped 12 points to 82 percent, the highest yet recorded.

Additionally, only 21 percent of sector employees were worried about losing their jobs, down from 29 percent in August and the lowest level all year.

In contrast, national worker confidence declined to yet another historic low, 96.8, as concerns around personal finances rose significantly.

Gyricon message boards used at UM Gyricon L.L.C.

has announced that the Stephen M.

Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has incorporated dynamic messaging into the school’s wireless network with Gyricon’s SyncroSign message boards.

The administrative staff of the business now can create, schedule and wirelessly transmit timely information.

The message board is a battery-powered, Wi-Fi network electronic sign incorporating SmartPaper, Gyricon’s patented electronic-paper technology.

Gyricon develops and provides SmartPaper technology and wireless network electronic signs.

Livermore new Walsh IT chair Walsh College named Jeffrey Livermore chairman of its business information-technology and information-assurance department.

Livermore, who has more than 25 years of software development experience, joins the Troy-based college from Monroe Public Schools where he had been director of technology.

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