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Microsoft Falls from Grace, Can Blame Google
Jul. 25, 2008 10:15 AM
Microsoft Falls from
Grace, Can Blame Google
Google is currently the pet of the American
consumer. Although many in the industry don’t find it particularly likeable,
the company’s reputation is tops among US consumers, based largely on how it
treats employees and a perception of social responsibility, according to a
Harris poll, in which Google dislodged Microsoft from the perch. Johnson &
Johnson, the Band-Aid king, came in second and Intel third. Microsoft is now
number 10. Google was previously number four. Companies with the worst reps
include Halliburton, Comcast, Northwest Airlines and Exxon.
The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum, which
was trying to create a mobile Linux standard, has collapsed into the LiMo
Foundation. LiPS members were already joining LiMo, which is chasing a mobile
Linux platform. There’s strength in numbers especially with Nokia buying up Symbian.
The First Billion’s the Hardest
According to Gartner there are upwards of a
billion working PCs in the world and the number should double by early 2014
thanks to the developing world.
Google Biggie Can Leave Now
Google CFO George Reyes, who said last August
that he was going to leave and was just waiting for a replacement, can go now.
The company has hired Patrick Pichette, the president of operations at Bell Canada,
responsible for the management of the most extensive communications network in Canada and its
ongoing migration to a new national IP-based infrastructure. He was previously,
if briefly, the company’s CFO. He’s an ex-McKinsey guy and a Rhodes scholar. He
starts August 12.
The DOJ’s the Key
Besides the Justice Department – the lynchpin
if Microsoft is going to get it derailed – as many as five congressional
committees want to talk to Yahoo and Google about their advertising deal,
including the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust wing, the Senate Commerce
Committee, the House Small Business Committee and the House Energy and Commerce
Committee’s Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection subcommittee. Figure Microsoft
has until October 1 to persuade the DOJ the deal is evil and to intervene.
AMD Changes EMEA Boss
AMD has plucked Emilio Ghilardi out of HP to
run sales and marketing in EMEA, replacing Alberto Macchi, who is leaving the
company “to pursue new opportunities.” He starts in mid-August and will report
to Gustavo Arenas, AMD’s newly anointed chief sales officer. Ghilardi was head
of HP’s EMEA Consumer Business Unit, managing a multibillion-dollar consumer
PCs and printing business. He was with HP for 25 years.
So It’s a Fight to the
Last Algorithm Then
Microsoft, which recently bought Fast Search,
is buying the three-year-old semantic search engine start-up Powerset for $100
million, according to VentureBeat, which says it’s to “close the perceived
quality gap with Google’s search engine.” Still, the natural language approach
is a long shot. The only thing Powerset’s put out so far is a month-old service
to search Wikipedia on an iPhone. Steve Ballmer’s been on an “improve search”
openSUSE Hits 11.0
Novell’s community-based openSUSE Project has
pressed on to rev 11.0, adding 200 new features and the usual host of
application updates. The new features include a redesigned installer, faster
package management and OpenOffice 2.4. It is the first Linux distribution to
include Banshee 1.0, so users can manage their digital music and video. Novell
charges for support.