May 14, 2008  11:02 PM

Full speed ahead for Icahn, Microhoo

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

All the papers are reporting that epic green mailer Carl Icahn is forging ahead with plans to nominate a clean slate of Yahoo board members. The goal is to force the company

May 14, 2008  4:34 PM

Dell to launch channel blog Friday

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, News

Dell will officially launch its Dell Channel Blog on Friday. The blog's tagline is "A Voice of PartnerDirect." (PartnerDirect is the name of Dell's 5-month-old channel program.) Readers will be able to link...

May 13, 2008  4:29 PM

It’s Yahoo time for Carl Icahn

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, News, Oracle

Carl Icahn has surfaced again in tech M&A mayhem: This time  he's buying up Yahoo stock in what may be an attempt to force that company's recalcitrant execs back to the negotiating table with Microsoft. The Wall Street Journal and others (including,

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May 13, 2008  9:48 AM

Microsoft posts SBS, ‘Centro’ betas

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Email -- Exchange, Outlook, Microsoft, News, SMB

On Tuesday, Microsoft is opening up beta test its small business and mid-sized business server bundles. Early test versions of Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (previously known by the code name Centro) will be online Tuesday with a preview of Small Business Server 2008 to surface soon...

May 13, 2008  9:38 AM

Reseller takes David Ortiz approach as Apple moves next door

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Direct reseller channel conflict

Talk about channel conflict! David OrtizThe Boston Globe has a story today about Tech Superpowers, an Apple reseller facing quite the threat: a ginormous

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May 12, 2008  3:48 PM

Raikes to head Gates Foundation

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, News

Many wondered where Jeff Raikes was going after his retirement from Microsoft after 20-something years. Now we know: Raikes will be CEO of...

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May 12, 2008  10:37 AM

PayPal wants developers

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Google, News

PayPal, the online payment power, wants developers to integrate its payment system into more websites. And it's going to show them love at the upcoming EBay Developers Conference in Chicago, says Glenn Lim, head of

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May 9, 2008  10:40 AM

Knowing your customer (or potential customer)

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, Information technology services, IT buyer market research

CDW recently released the results of what it's calling the 2008 CDW Small Business Driver's Seat Study, which taps more deeply into the motivations of technology buyers. The data is provides a...

May 7, 2008  9:27 AM

Microsoft and Yahoo: Dumb and dumber

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, Microsoft, News

After reading about a gagillion articles on the Microhoo meltdown, the big mystery remains. (The only more popular topic in my household is the Roger Clemens death spiral, but it's a close call.) Is Steve...

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