The fastest-growing tech companies plan to keep hiring and growing despite an uncertain economic and political climate, a study finds. The vast majority of...

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The fastest-growing tech companies plan to keep hiring and growing despite an uncertain economic and political climate, a study finds.

The vast majority of the chief executives at those companies say they plan to expand their work force. About two in five say they plan to add 25 percent or more employees in the next 12 months. About one in five say they plan to add more than 50 percent.

Deloitte & Touche conducted the survey earlier this year based on its annual ranking of the 500 fastest-growing tech companies in North America. In all, 150 CEOs, or 30 percent, responded to the recent survey.

“Tech CEOs are focused on facilitating … growth by improving internal operations and hiring and retaining talent, rather than on external issues, such as economic conditions and geopolitical instability,” said Tony Kern, a principal with Deloitte & Touche.

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A quarter of the respondents credited high-quality workers as the greatest contributor to company success, and a similar number cited recruitment and retention as the biggest operational challenge. Most of the CEOs say they are “extremely” or “very” confident about future growth.

Sony Pictures

500 top movies to be digitized

A senior vice president at Sony Pictures said his company plans to digitize 500 top films and make them available for distribution within a year.

“We want to set business models, pricing models, distribution models like (Apple Computer CEO Steve) Jobs did for music, but for the film industry,” said Michael Arrieta, according to a report by Cnet from this week’s Digital Hollywood conference in Santa Monica, Calif. He said Sony will make films available in flash memory for mobile phones and begin developing a downloading system for sale of movies through digital stores.

Remote Approach

Service tracks usage of PDF documents

A Canadian company has developed a system for businesses to track PDF documents in much the same way they can keep tabs on Web visits.

Before, businesses could count the number of times documents were downloaded, but they had no way of knowing whether the files were passed around or even opened.

With the service from Remote Approach, companies can insert a small programming script into documents using the popular Portable Document Format from Adobe Systems.

The script sends a message over the Internet with such details as the file name, the computer’s Internet address and any unique identifier the company might have included.


Firm likely to keep handling .net domain

VeriSign looks likely to remain the registrar for the Internet’s fourth-largest domain, .net. (The top three are “.com,” “.de” in Germany; and “.uk” in the United Kingdom.)

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the agency that oversees the Net’s address system, accepted a consultant’s conclusion that VeriSign was the best choice to manage the domain, a job VeriSign has done for at least five years.

VeriSign had campaigned for renewal saying that moving “.net” to another registrar would be risky.

ICANN also is ready to add three Web domains to the Internet. European Union organizations will be able to register names with the “.eu” suffix in the fourth quarter of this year. The agency’s governors indicated they are nearly ready to approve “.jobs” and “.travel” domains, which have been sponsored by industry associations.

Compiled from The Associated Press and Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services