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ZipRecruiter; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A growing number of tech companies, big and small, are relocating to (or opening additional offices in) emerging startup hubs. But as they seek relief from the high cost of doing business in Silicon Valley, they are finding that salaries in cities like Salt Lake City, Denver, and Atlanta are on the rise.

Why it matters: Companies have increasingly bemoaned the challenges of growing in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area due to housing shortages, skyrocketing engineer salaries and other costs. But as other emerging hubs in the U.S. see a boom in their local tech industries, they may not be less expensive job markets for long.

  • Data from online jobs marketplace ZipRecruiter shows this trend, but it's also felt by entrepreneurs and software startup founders.

What's next: As big tech companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon open new offices or continue to grow in these cities, expect the competition for tech talent to intensify.

To be sure: Salaries for tech jobs appear to be increasing everywhere, not just in those few cities, highlighting the overall demand for such workers.

Methodology: ZipRecruiter, an online jobs marketplace, shared with Axios salary data for these cities, covering about 300 job titles the company includes in its "tech jobs" category.

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U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department

John Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, during a briefing in Moscow in 2015. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The State Department said Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, will now be returning to the United States this week before returning to Moscow "in the coming weeks."

Why this matters: The statement, from a State Department spokesperson, comes just hours after Axios reported that Sullivan had indicated he intended to stand his ground and stay in Russia after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home to talk with his team.

Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a military exposition in Sevastopol, Crimea, in Jan. 2020. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.

Why it matters: With the eyes of the world on the massive buildup of troops in eastern Ukraine, the leaked memo shows Russian forces escalating their presence on all sides of the Ukrainian border.

Elon Musk: Autopilot feature wasn't enabled in fatal Texas crash

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that "data logs recovered so far" show the car's Autopilot feature was not enabled — and it did not have access to "full self-driving mode" — in the deadly crash in Texas involving the company's electric vehicle.

Background: Local investigators said they believed the car was operating without anyone in the driver's seat. At the time of death, one man was in the passenger seat, while another was in the rear seat, KPRC 2 reports.