News & Commentary
Content tagged with Team Building & Staffing posted in July 2008
Patent Office Ad Campaign Inspires Young Minds To Invent
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The site will add a showroom, from Driftlab that explains inventions, including those in the PSAs, and offers interactive games and an inventor's tool kit.
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Despite Buyout, Bell Canada Cuts 2,500 Managers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company said the loss of positions will result in annual savings of about $300 million when combined with other reductions carried out earlier in the year.
Looking For Anyone In Particular?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
In the current economic climate, hiring new people is something that's put on the back burner at many organizations -- especially if there's any threat that a "reduction in headcount" might be in the cards. But, that doesn't mean no one is hiring IT people. In fact, certain talent is still hard to find and highly sought after at some organizations.
Chairman, CEO To Leave Alcatel-Lucent After More Losses
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Chief executive Patricia Russo and chairman Serge Tchuruk said they would leave the company as Alcatel-Lucent reported another quarterly loss.
Top Vacation Spots For Geeks
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Anyone can head for the beach, but if space flight, astronomy, or science fiction/fantasy movies (Lord of The Rings, anyone?) mean anything to you, try these destinations instead.
Down To Business: The Mind-Set Of The Indian IT Exec
Commentary  |  7/24/2008  | 
After a week of meetings with a few dozen locals in three Indian cities, a clearer picture emerges.
Microsoft Windows Exec Kevin Johnson Jumps To Juniper
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Microsoft won't replace Johnson but will split Platforms and Services into two groups that will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.
GM, Power Companies Join To Make Plug-In Vehicles Work
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
The automaker wants to be leading the pack when electric cars reach the nation's roads.
IT Economic Outlook Brightens
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
The number of medium-sized companies expecting bigger budgets increased 10 percentage points from April to 64%, according to CDW.
Jail-Bound Microsoft Exec Blames '24x7' Job Stress
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
Carolyn Gudmundson was sentenced Friday to nearly two years in prison for embezzling almost $1 million from the company.
Venture Investments Are Up, But Not For Startups
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
A MoneyTree Report reveals venture capitalists invested $7.4 billion in 900 total deals in the second quarter.
Yahoo In Proxy Settlement With Carl Icahn
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The billionaire investor grabs a seat as eight of Yahoo's current board members, including chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang, will run for re-election next month.
AMD Names New CEO
News  |  7/17/2008  | 
President and chief operating officer Dirk Meyer was named CEO, and Hector Ruiz will become executive chairman of the chipmaker and chair of the board.
CIOs Uncensored: The IT Outsider Might Be Your Best Hire
Commentary  |  7/17/2008  | 
Hiring non-IT talent from another part of the organization will pay benefits, both near-term and long range.
U.S. To Offer 'Green Cards' To Up To 25,000 Iraqi Contractors
News  |  7/17/2008  | 
The Iraqi nationals will have to show they provided "faithful and invaluable service to the U.S. government" to gain permanent resident status.
Down To Business: Dare To Think Differently About U.S. Education
Commentary  |  7/17/2008  | 
A new book makes the case for a more tech-centric, individualized approach to teaching. Given the current product and the future stakes, we better start shaking the system up in some way.
NIH Awards $33.3 Million For Advanced Medical Research Technology
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
The U.S. government grants will help researchers explore the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, cancer, autism, and other medical conditions.
Injured High-Tech Pioneer Seymour Papert Tries To Learn Again
News  |  7/15/2008  | 
The inventor of Logo, the children's programming language, has been gradually improving, although his speech is sometimes garbled and he often needs a wheelchair and a walker.
AMD To Take $948 Million In Charges In Second Quarter
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
In a SEC filing, the chipmaker said the majority of the charges relate to its acquisition of ATI Technologies.
Police In Massachusetts Town Seek Extra Pay For Computer Skills
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
The Police Officers Union in Framingham is seeking a $476-plus annual computer use payment for officers.
Alex d'Arbeloff, High-Tech Pioneer, MIT Benefactor, Dies
News  |  7/10/2008  | 
The co-founder of semiconductor test equipment maker Teradyne died this week in Boston at age 80.
Google, Microsoft Testify About Privacy, Behavioral Advertising
News  |  7/9/2008  | 
A Senate committee wants to know if current practices jeopardize Internet users' privacy, and if older communications and privacy laws make some behavioral advertising practices illegal.
VMware Drops Greene, Names Microsoft Veteran As CEO
News  |  7/8/2008  | 
Paul Maritz is a 14-year veteran of Microsoft who came with a recent EMC acquisition, Pi Corp., a company created to build personal software to be used from inside the cloud.
Data Reveals Top Skills Employers Seek On Job Posts
News  |  7/8/2008  | 
Along with IBM and SkillProof, the State of Connecticut's data analysis technology is helping state colleges and universities refine and develop curriculum.
Pretexting, Subprime, Netroots Accepted Into Merriam-Webster Lexicon
News  |  7/8/2008  | 
"Malware," "dwarf planet," "fanboy," and "webinar" are also words and phrases now judged mainstream because of their prolonged and widespread use in a variety of publications.
When Is It Unethical To Consider A Job Offer From A Vendor?
Commentary  |  7/7/2008  | 
A scandal is brewing in Massachusetts about whether an executive at a vendor violated state conflict of interest rules by allegedly offering a state official--in this case a department CIO-- a job. What sort of rules do you or your company have about job offers from vendors?
Home Broadband Adoption Stalls Among Some Americans
News  |  7/3/2008  | 
A recent Pew Internet report finds just 25% of American households with annual incomes of $20,000 or less had broadband connections in their homes.
Are You An 'Emotionally Intelligent' Leader Or A Dimwit?
Commentary  |  7/2/2008  | 
Recession or no recession, dot-com boom or bust, bull or bear market, it doesn't seem to matter. For as long as I've been covering tech career trends (about 15 years,) employers have complained about shortages of IT professionals who have the right balance of "people skills" and tech-skills du jour. However, now there's a new skill shortage developing--a scarcity of "emotionally intelligent" IT leaders. Have you tapped into your emotional intelligence today?
Buzz Aldrin's Moon Warning
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
The famed astronaut says that if the next president does not make space exploration a priority, the United States will lag behind other countries in the space race for the next century.
Apple, Steve Jobs, Executives, Board, Sued For Securities Fraud
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
The 105-page complaint seeks to recoup billions in lost share value after Apple's admission of executive compensation though the backdating of stock option grants.
Hollywood Faces Strike Over New Media Fees
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
The Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are fighting over new media residuals and other contract terms.
Tech Careers Looking Shiny In The World Of Money
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
The beleaguered financial services industry can be a bleak place to work these days. But not to Denis Stypulkoski, the new CIO of start-up firm Tygris Commerical Finance Group, where he says optimism and opportunity abound.


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