04 March 2014

Scroogled Exec Now Microsoft Chief Strategy Officer

A very lame move -- a politico pollster type in charge of strategy at Microsoft? I guess that tells you everything you need to know about Microsoft's future decline --

Ex-Clinton Aide Is Named Microsoft’s Chief Strategy Officer - NYTimes.com: " . . .The change will give Mr. Penn, who has been an executive vice president at Microsoft overseeing advertising and strategy, a bigger hand in determining which markets Microsoft should be in and where it should be making further investments....Some of Mr. Penn’s work at Microsoft has been criticized by people within the company and in the tech industry, especially a negative advertising campaign aimed at Google. The “Scroogled” campaign, as it is known, has sought to raise privacy and other concerns about Google. While many pundits have derided the campaign as sour grapes..."

Microsoft Is Said to Shake Up Staff With Penn's Appointment
Microsoft's investments in mobile haven't put a dent in Google and Apple Inc.'s control of the smartphone market, while cloud applications from competitors pose an increasing threat to Microsoft's flagship Windows business. Bates was among the leading ...

Carl Icahn - OPEN LETTER TO EBAY SHAREHOLDERS: ".... Is eBay director Marc Andreessen so clueless about corporate governance and the duties that directors owe to corporations under Delaware law that he truly believes that entering into a confidentiality agreement with a third party which apparently limited his ability to share vital information with eBay’s board of directors is acceptable or an excuse for his actions?..."

My Statement on eBay Director Role and Governance | Marc Andreessen: "... I dispute all accusations that I have violated any of my duties to eBay shareholders. Specifically: Throughout the eBay board’s process of divesting Skype, I fully disclosed my potential interest and recused myself from all deliberations on the transaction, including all discussions, negotiations, and decisions. I was uninvolved in eBay’s decision to spin off Skype and in eBay’s decision to choose to partner with the Silver Lake syndicate...."

Android beat Apple in tablet sales last year -- Gartner
Apple's slice of the market fell amid increased demand for smaller, low-cost, name-brand tablets and cheap "white-box" products from off-brand manufacturers in emerging regions, Gartner said. Tablet sales for the whole industry grew by 145 percent ...

Samsung Chromebook 2 coming in April in two screen sizes, faux leather trim ...
Most of the first and second generation of Chromebook laptops look similar, offer similar features, and cost around the same. Growing sales numbers indicate Chromebooks are hitting netbook-like heights of popularity among budget laptop shoppers, but to ...

Microsoft reacts to XP upgrade critics with free file transfer tool
Computerworld - Reacting to criticism from customers that upgrading from Windows XP was "impossible," Microsoft today announced it would give away a limited migration tool to help people move to a newer operating system. The tool, PCmover Express for ...

Apple Rolls Out CarPlay Giving Drivers a Smarter, Safer & More Fun Way to Use ...
Wall Street Journal
Apple(R) today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone(R) in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and ...

Microsoft to smarten up Office 365 with machine learning and social cues
Microsoft will add new software, developer tools and capabilities to Office 365 in an attempt to make the cloud applications suite a “smarter” product that is better at helping people interact at work. At its SharePoint Conference, which kicks off in ...

Apple Hiring Engineers in Asia to Speed Product Launches
Wall Street Journal
The hiring push reflects Apple's need for more engineers to work with Asian suppliers on developing components for coming iPhones and iPads as it plans for faster and more frequent product launches. Apple is also ramping up its number of supply-chain ...

Google, Samsung Said to Express Microsoft-Nokia Concern to China
Microsoft and Nokia announced the deal in September after the Finnish company lost ground in the smartphone market to Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone and devices running Google's Android platform. Under the deal, Microsoft is buying the hardware business ...

Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says
Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says. For all the bad blood over smartphones, a coziness remains when it comes to Samsung-made chips, says the chief of VLSI Research. "Apple has been ... learned how to work that relationship.".

Apple CarPlay: Siri At The Wheel
Apple didn't qualify what "messages" means, however, so it's not clear whether that refers only to the built-in SMS application, or if CarPlay will be able to access WhatsApp,Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, email, and other messaging ...

Google Glass updates slow down ahead of KitKat ...
Google's Teresa Zazenski announced the change on the private forum for owners of the electronic eyewear, according to Glass Almanac. Google didn't want to publish an update that "isn't ready for prime time," she said Friday, but what's coming next will ...

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