Thursday’s News Roundup

Microsoft will create 50 jobs in Virginia when the tech giant opens a $499 million data center there. Virginia beat out North Carolina and Texas for the facility. [Washington Technology]

Speaking of Virginia, Northrup Grumman has narrowed down the reasons for the state government’s technology outage to a faulty data storage unit, which brought down 10 percent of its 4,800 servers. Many agencies are still offline as techs rebuild and verify the data. [ZDNet]

Government contractors anticipate substantial growth in information technology work, specifically in the IT security. "Companies need to stay in front of hackers and protect their data, so this will most likely continue to be a growth area," says on recruiter. [ExecutivGov]

The Community College of Allegheny County, Pa., was announced a free non-credit, six-month program in health information technology. It’s funded by a 12-state, $16 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. [Post-Gazette

Researcher Gartner is bullish on chip sales for the second half 2010, expecting them to spike 31.5 percent over last year. Still, the industry remains cautious and ready to cut production at any sign of a slowdown. [Daily Finance]

For those who like to mix their IT with danger, here’s a list of the most dangerous jobs in technology. Should Internet Content Moderator really be number one? [PC World]

— Dino Londis