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(CBS) The name Silicon Valley conjures a pop-culture wonderland of microchips and moxie. Its inhabitants once said it meant the end of geography.
Workers would collaborate across oceans and continents in cyberspace. Business would leap borders without tax or tariff.
But instead of destroying geography, cyberspace has redrawn the map. The globe is now dotted with high-tech hot spots where geography remains very real.
The new crop of high-tech hot spots often graft "Silicon" onto their local area's identifying feature, like "Silicon Alley" in New York or "Silicon Fen" in England.
According to a recent survey by the American Electronics Association, these new clusters are creating most of the world's high-tech jobs. For example, since 1990, Austin, Texas' "Silicon Hills" has created three times more high-tech jobs than Silicon Valley.
In the ever-changing world of technology, here's an atlas of the new Silicon Planet.
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