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November 19, 2008  11:58 AM

Obama’s CTO: Let the jockeying begin

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This is gonna be fun. Handicapping the race to become Barack Obama’s chief technology officer. The Industry Standardhas some interesting picks , including Bill Gates, Larry Lessig. Eric Schmidt’s name has been bandied around a lot. Some claim he’s said he’s not interested. But here’s guessing this is just his opening gambit and is somewhat like John Kerry saying he’s not interested in becoming Secretary of State when, in fact, it appears no one’s asked.

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November 19, 2008  9:22 AM

Microsoft sets its sights on consumer security

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Microsoft is coming out with free consumer security software — a move that could spell trouble for the leaders in the market.

The company said yesterday it’s discontinuing its Windows Live OneCare subscription security service next year and replacing it with the free software, code-named Morro. Morro will protect against viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans, according to Microsoft.

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November 18, 2008  9:38 PM

Cisco VARs consolidate: INX acquires NetTeks

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

INX Inc. snapped up Cisco VAR NetTeks Technology Consultants this week, continuing a trend in VAR consolidation.

The acquisition went for an initial $1.35 million in cash and 30,770 shares, with a potential payout of $2.8 million if NetTeks hits performance targets. NetTeks saw revenue of approximately $12.7 million for the 12 months ending September 30, 2008. Continued »

November 18, 2008  11:37 AM

Vista-capable suit highlights PC power rifts

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The class action suit filed over Microsoft’s discredited “Vista Capable” hardware claims has brought to light quite the sordid saga.

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November 17, 2008  8:21 PM

Yang to exit Yahoo

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Jerry Yang, the bedeviled CEO of Yahoo, is leaving the company, reports AllThingsD, citing an internal email message from Yang to Yahoo employees. He outlasted expectations of many who saw the writing on the wall last May when Yang didn’t respond quickly enough to Microsoft’s enriched bid to buy Yahoo.

 Yang will remain on Yahoo’s board  and also resume his Chief Yahoo responsibilities, according to AllThingsD. Heidrick & Struggles has been retained to find the new CEO.

Ed’s Note: It’s official now. Here’s Yahoo’s statement on Yang’s departure.

New Ed’s Note, November 19: Real Dan Lyons was right to call out Swisher for claiming this as a bona fide scoop or, in Dan’s words: “EXCLUSIVE SCOOP on the BIGGEST STORY OF THE DAY!!!!!” seeing as how she got the press release minutes before it posted. Yes, that’s more like taking dictation than breaking a story. Mea culpa. Also note, the fact that Lyons also called out Yahoo’s PR staff as liars apparently got his blog “redacted” by the Newsweek bosses. Damn shame. Good thing the Industry Standard kept the goods online.

November 17, 2008  6:17 PM

Symantec CEO John Thompson to retire

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

john thompsonSymantec CEO John Thompson is retiring next year, and COO Enrique Salem — a controversial figure among Symantec partners — will replace him.

The company made the announcement this afternoon, and the move will become official April 4, 2009. Thompson will remain as chairman of Symantec’s board of directors, and Salem will join the board at that time. Thompson becomes the second high-level Symantec executive to leave in as many months; worldwide channel vice president Julie Parrish left for NetApp in October.

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November 17, 2008  1:20 PM

Microsoft-hosted ERP: Still a mystery

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft has been all over the map about whether it will offer self-hosted ERP.

Company CEO Steve Ballmer some years ago told solution provider partners that the vendor would offer self hosted ERP and CRM applications as needed. It was all about customer choice, he said.

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November 17, 2008  9:55 AM

Obama finds it’s not easy being tech savvy

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

We’re eight years into the 21st Century, but the United States is about to get its first 21st Century president. And as Barack Obama prepares to take the White House into the digital age, it’s becoming clear that the transition won’t be an easy one.

Imagine a global corporation whose CEO doesn’t have an email address or a laptop, let alone a BlackBerry. Well, that’s been the federal government for all these years. That’s partially because former presidents were from a different generation that never saw the need for these technological advances. But it’s also because being president of the United States is unlike any other CEO’s job.

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November 15, 2008  11:29 AM

Ripped from the headlines: Virtual adultery leads to real divorce

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

By Elaine Hom, Associate Features Editor

Just when you thought people couldn’t be any dumber about their avatars, Second-Life-being-someone’s-only-life makes the news again. A UK couple recently filed for divorce after the wife, Amy Taylor, discovered that her husband, David Pollard, was having a virtual affair. How scandalous!

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November 13, 2008  1:33 PM

Microsoft Dynamics offers 0% financing

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Saaaaaaved byyyyyy zeeee-rooooooo.

Surely you’ve heard that cheesy song ad nauseam this fall on Toyota commercials for a 0% financing offer. Well, Microsoft is now getting in on the act (the 0% financing offer, not the annoying song).

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