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Microsoft Delaying Plans for $500 Million Iowa Data Center

One day after announcing that it would cut at least 5,000 jobs, Microsoft Corporation has told officials in West Des Moines, Iowa, that it will delay plans to build a $500 million data center there. The Associated Press reports that the company told Jeff Pomerantz, West Des Moines' city manager, that they are not canceling the project, just putting it on hold. "I asked them for a timeline and they didn't give one, so at this point, we're going to wait to hear from Microsoft." The company had announced the project in August 2008, with plans to hire 75 high-tech employees at an average annual salary of $70,000 plus benefits.

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