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posted in January 2006

Mass. Names New CIO, Hardens OpenDocuments Policy

The Bay State has named Louis Gutierrez to fill the position of CIO in the Information Technology Division and, at the same time, reiterated its support for a previously announced plan to implement the OpenDocument format in state agencies in January.

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Baseball Assuages Ray Ozzie's Bicoastal Life

Ozzie has been spending a lot of time in Seattle since his Groove Networks was acquired by Microsoft last year. Although he can't quite seem to part with his longtime home near Boston, he can root for the Red Sox in two ballparks.

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Entrepreneur Sells Sex.com

While the price for the adult entertainment site wasn't disclosed, the Reuters report said "a source familiar with the deal" put the price at about $12 million.

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Exec Pay At HP, Google Differs Drastically

Although the Google execs--Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt--turned down the huge salaries that are standard at Hewlett-Packard and most everywhere else in the computer industry, their stock holdings are their rewards.

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New Verizon Unit Offers Wares For IT

A new group called Verizon Business combines assets from Verizon Communications' Enterprise Solutions Group and MCI, which was recently acquired for $8.5 billion. Most of the employees in the new unit as well as most of the products are from MCI.

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Wisconsin Getting Wireless Broadband Network

A high-speed wireless broadband network using Alvarion Ltd. gear and technology is being rolled out in Wisconsin by TDS Metrocom, as the two firms begin eyeing wide regions underserved or not served at all by broadband.

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Disney May Buy Pixar

While rumors of some sort of alliance between Disney and Pixar have circulated for several weeks, Talks between Pixar and Disney are at a serious stage, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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Microsoft Patent Victory Could Hurt Open Source

The software giant's victory in the file allocation table (FAT) patents battle is raising concerns in the open source community. Some fear this means that global patents systems pose a danger to the health of Linux and the open source community at large.

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Massachusetts Appoints Acting CIO

Bethann Pepoli has been appointed acting CIO of Massachusett's IT department, following the previous head's departure amidst a battle over the state's official office software standard.

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Dell Keynote At CES May Herald Yonah

Michael Dell's last-minute acceptance of a keynote speaker's slot at CES is widely viewed as a signal that the PC manufacturer will unveil a family of Intel Yonah-based laptops aimed at the home entertainment market.

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