Steve Jobs’ Death Inspires Reflections on the Past… and Future: News of the untimely death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs flew around the world Wednesday evening, from Facebook page to Twitter feed, as millions expressed gratitude and admiration for the way his vision and innovation impacted their lives. At the same time, industry pundits, who have had years to ponder an Apple without Jobs at the helm, began a fresh round of speculation about how the tech giant will evolve under a new generation of leadership. The stock market, which had six weeks to absorb the news of Jobs’ departure as CEO, reacted calmly. Dice
iPhone Upgrade Is Mostly Internal: Tuesday’s announcement of the Apple iPhone 4S may have disappointed iPhone fans who were hoping for a more radical iPhone 5 redesign, but there is still plenty of innovation in the upgraded phone, mainly on the
inside. The new A5 processor is far more powerful than its predecessor (it’s also used in the iPad), and the camera is vastly improved. The biggest software game changer may be the inclusion of Siri, a voice-driven personal assistant that can handle many routine queries and tasks via voice command. Given that smartphones powered by Android now outsell iPhones by more than two to one, Apple needs to continue to create new excitement around the iPhone. The additional announcement of iCloud, which will let users enjoy their content without periodic syncing to a computer, also won praise. Dice
2010’s Lost Tech Jobs Reappear in 2011: TechAmerica Foundation’s new Cyberstates report tallied up total tech employment and found that the U.S. high-tech industry lost 115,800 net jobs in 2010, leaving a total of 5.75 million workers. That 2 percent decline was less than half of the 249,500 jobs lost in 2009. However, a TechAmerica midyear jobs report, based on a different monthly data set from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that from January to June 2011, the industry added a net 115,000 jobs, a 2 percent gain, not seasonally adjusted. “We have fared better than the private sector as a whole over the course of the economic downturn and there are some positive signs for 2011,” said Phillip J. Bond, TechAmerica’s president and CEO. TechAmerica Foundation
No One Wants to Be a Tech CEO Anymore: Recent tumult in Silicon Valley board rooms like HP’s and Yahoo’s suggests that the attraction of helming a big tech company is waning. Today, tech hotshots would rather enter the world of venture capital or create their own startups rather than deal with entrenched corporate interests that move slowly and stall innovation. As the job of leading large tech companies gets tougher, there are fewer talented leaders with the skills and motivation to do it. The San Francisco Chronicle
Will Anonymous Kill The New York Stock Exchange Next Week? The most dramatic rumor of the week involves the hacktivist collective Anonymous , which says it plans to “erase” the NYSE on Oct. 10. Or maybe not. No sooner did the word get out than Anonymous said the announcement was a fake planted by law enforcement, and that if the real group was going to take action like that, it certainly wouldn’t do it on a holiday (Monday is Columbus Day). The problem, is that no one knows who Anonymous is, and there may be several involved who aren’t all on the same page. The intrigue continues. PCMag.com
Dell Says HP Should Stay in PC Business: In a speech at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday, Dell CEO Michael Dell told the crowd that he still likes the low-margin PC business and that others — he didn’t mention HP by name — should stick it out as well. “There are many reasons to stay committed,” he said, noting that 5 percent of the world’s microprocessors go into servers and storage, while 95 percent go into PCs. Bits Blog
Oracle and Salesforce Have a Bit of a Slapfest: IT watchers don’t normally pay attention to petty cat fights, but when Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was suddenly dumped from the speaker’s list at Oracle OpenWorld, a feud between him and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison came to light, and it could have ramifications for the relationship between the two tech giants and their customers. Benioff, once an Oracle executive himself, has been critical of his former employer’s strategies for a year, and apparently Ellison is getting sick of it. TechCrunch
Rhapsody Buys Napster: Rhapsody and Napster, two names from the inception of digital music, are joining forces. Rhapsody acquired Napster and its user base to
compete more effectively against upstart rival Spotify. The goal is to add many more subscribers to its all-you-can-eat music subscription service. Today Rhapsody has only 800,000 paying subscribers, while Spotify has 2 million among a total audience of 10 million. PC World
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