Adobe Names CTO
Adobe has named Kevin Lynch, a guy from the Macromedia side of the house, CTO, a chair last warmed by John Warnock
Feb. 8, 2008 03:45 PM
Sixteen-and-Half More Years of Sergey, Larry & Eric
A month before the company went public in August of 2004 Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt, the CEO they hired, took a blood oath to stay with Google for 20 years according to an interview they gave Fortune. By that time Schmidt, who was born in 1955, will be in his dotage and the kids will be in their 50s but right now all are a lot poorer than when they gave that interview.
Dell To Cut 1,200 Jobs
Dell will close a call center in Alberta, Canada by August, cutting about 900 people as part of decision to lose 1,200 jobs, the others being in Oklahoma City and Ottawa, its biggest layoff since May when it said it would cut 10% of its staff, roughly 9,000 people. It's also abandoning the idea of adding 1,200 people in Ottawa.
Adobe Names CTO
Adobe has named Kevin Lynch, a guy from the Macromedia side of the house, CTO, a chair last warmed by John Warnock. Lynch was previously chief software architect and senior VP of the company's platform business. His attention is now supposed to focus on AIR, Flex and Flash Player and his posting is supposed to mark the importance of rich Internet applications to Adobe, which acquired Macromedia in 2005. He holds three patents with others pending.
Yahoo Throws in Towel on Music Subsciptions
Yahoo is calling it quits as far as its Music Unlimited subscription service goes and has whistled up RealNetworks to take over. Its customers will be transferred to Real's pricier Rhapsody service in a process that will take a while. Yahoo, which will pursue ad-supported music, will also pitch Rhapsody on its portal.
The Great Microsoft Bluff: Linus
In the second part of a two-part chat with his boss Linux Foundation chief Jim Zemlin, Linux Torvalds observes that Microsoft has never sued anybody for patent infringement and that its patent threat against Linux is just a "marketing thing," a form of FUD, unlikely ever to get to court. As a convicted monopolist Torvalds figures Microsoft's lawyers would advise it that suing competitors over patents is "insane."