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- Microsoft, Apple Strike Font Agreement
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1. Editor's Note: When Is A CIO Not A CIO?
I learned the real meaning of CIO in the financial community, and that there are limits to a PR person's patience.
TIAA-CREF, which provides retirement services for people in the academic, cultural, medical, and research fields, is looking to fill a new position: executive VP of IT and operations. The move is the company's "next step" in its "long-term strategy to enhance information technology capability and deliver the highest-quality service to clients," according to a statement.
The move was occasioned by the resignation of Susan Kozik, who had been TIAA-CREF's VP and CTO since 2003. Taking her place will be Peter Murphy, the company's chief information security officer, who will have the title of Acting Chief Technology Officer. "Mr. Murphy will continue his current responsibilities concurrent with his appointment," according to the statement.
Ouch! That's a lot to bite off. I wondered if TIAA-CREF had a CIO...
Microsoft, Apple Strike Font Agreement
Such cross-licensing agreements allow developers and online publishers to specify certain fonts with the knowledge that they will display correctly regardless of the type of system used.
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