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March Madness: 23 million Fans and $1.2 billion Lost Productivity

The cost to employers in lost productivity from March Madness excitement over the NCAA men’s college basketball championship tournament could surpass $1.2 billion over the course of the 19-day event that begins March 15, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas survey. 

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12th-Graders Math Proficiency Falls; Reading Skills Lowest Since 1992: Study

The average U.S. 12th-grader reading score in 2006 was the lowest since 1992, while less than one-quarter (23 percent) of 12th-graders scored at or above the Proficient level in the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), according to The Nation’s Report Card. 

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IDC: IT Spending in European Vertical Markets to Surpass $400 billion by 2010

Total IT spending by companies across Western European vertical markets will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.3% between 2006 and 2010, reaching a value of just over $406.5 billion in 2010, according to IDC study. 

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Worldwide Server Shipments Rose 8.9% in 2006; Revenue Reaches $53 billion: Gartner

Worldwide computer server shipments increased 8.9% to 8.2 million units in 2006, while worldwide server revenue was up just 2% to $52.7 billion last year, according to Gartner. Mainframes with 3.9% jump had the strongest revenue growth of any segment for the year. 

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