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While Gordon Gekko (from the movie Wall Street) might have argued that greed is good, excessive amounts of it aren’t always conducive to effective business relationships.Enter Steve Jobs and Sony CEO Howard Stringer.  Both of them are running corporations that sell music, and it appears that friction has developed as a result.  Jobs called record label execs greedy, Stringer responded that Jobs was a greedy and a hypocrite: “Stringer made the comment in response to Jobs' own comments on record industry executives being greedy over the price of music downloads. Moderator Anderson Cooper tried to change the subject, but Diller interjected, repeating the Sony CEO's comments. When Cooper went back... Read more...
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.  Those two names are icons in our industry and have been referred to as anything from nearly symbiotic to oil and water.  So what happens when the two of them sit down in the same room for a conference?  A mutual admiration society is formed: "Both opened their portion of the event by praising each other's work. Jobs quickly centered on Gates' central role in the early computer industry as the first to build a company solely around software, rather than depending on customized hardware. "That was huge," Jobs said. "Bill was really focused on software." Gates returned the favor by centering on Apple's achievements instead of his own, centering on the company's populist... Read more...
Technology Review has a fascinating analysis of the institutional attitude at Apple that generates products that win awards for design and become industry icons. It seems to begin and end with Steve Jobs' absolute commitment to sleek design and limited, intuitive functionality. One direct result of that sharpened focus is Apple's unique ability to create simple products. Though the idea of a simple high-tech device seems counterintuitive (why not offer more functionality if you can?), it's worked for Apple. "The hardest part of design, especially consumer electronics," says Norman, "is keeping features out." Simplicity, he says, is in itself a product differentiator, and... Read more...
DailyTech is reporting that Circuit City is cutting back its workforce by about 3400 "overpaid" workers.  Employees terminated in these cutbacks will get four weeks severance pay plus they can reapply for their old jobs at a lower wage after 10 weeks.  Hopefully this won't have a negative impact on the level of customer service. "Hot on the heels of the announcement that CompUSA and Tweeter are closing 126 and 53 stores respectively is word that Circuit City is firing 3,400 employees and bringing in lower-cost workers to fill their roles. The company says that the move is aimed to help realign its cost and expense structure." If you've been considering applying for... Read more...
With all the positive talk of the AMD acquisition of ATI, there has to be a downfall.  The Inquirer is reporting that about 1200 jobs will be cut from ATI and approximately 800 from AMD.  The report states that the majority of the ATI cuts will be coming from the now defunct All In Wonder division. The numbers we hear back up the earlier set precisely - 1,200 from ATI, 800 from AMD, give or take a bit. The picture on the ATI side is a little clearer because of the nature of the cuts, you can just quantify them more easily.... Read more...
In a time where job layoffs in the tech industry make the headlines, it's always good to see a company adding to its workforce. Dell will be looking to hire new software and mechanical engineers, as well as program managers, for its Texas building. "Michael Dell declined to comment on last week's announcement that the company had received a notice from the Nasdaq Stock Market that its late quarterly financial statement has put it out of compliance with the exchange's listing requirements. At the time, the company said it will file the report as quickly as possible and request a hearing before the Nasdaq listing qualification panel."... Read more...
We have heard the stories and medical reports of how stress can lead to everything from stomach ulcers to death.  WYTV ABC 33 out of Youngstown, OH pulled together a report that details the top 10 stressful careers to be in.   IT experts are more likely to suffer from stress than any other professional, according to the survey. A staggering 97 percent of people working in IT claim to find their life at work stressful on a daily basis. Four out of five IT consultants feel stressed before they even enter the workplace, in anticipation of another day juggling complaints, pressure from managers and daily targets.... Read more...
Intel could be announcing a cut in up to 10% of its work force as early as next Tuesday. The cut could be a result of a few disappointing financial quarters, and is likely to affect those who work in the marketing department. Intel's reason is that the marketing personnel to salesperson ratio is disproportionate to its competitors. "Part of the problem: The chipmaker has lost share to rival Advanced Micro Devices, in particular in the server market where chips are sold at higher prices. AMD rose from having no server products three years ago to claim 26 percent of the x86 server processor market in the second quarter, according to Mercury... Read more...
AOL has been going through quite a few changes recently. In July, AOL announced a drastic change in their service by offering its services free of charge to broadband users. Today we learn that AOL will also be offering 5GB of free file storage, but will also be cutting around 5,000 jobs in the next six months. AOL currently has a global force of about 19,000 employees. "Some employees in Europe will still have jobs but with a different company as AOL looks to sell its Internet access businesses there. But in general, massive layoffs are expected as AOL stops actively marketing its dial-up services in the United States and reduces its need... Read more...
Those of you looking for work in the high-tech field may want to pack a bag and move where the money is.  This story from Forbes.com details the top 25 cities across the U.S. for high-paying tech jobs.  I was surprised to find my new home-town of Norwalk, CT was number 8. Why don't some of you HH fans move to the area so we can start an annual high-tech BBQ here in the BW Labs? "If you want to find the top-paying jobs in the U.S. tech industry, you may want to look in the obvious places -- Montgomery, Ala., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Fort Smith, Ark., for instance. Surprised? So were we. But for those looking to make top dollar as... Read more...
Maxtor has announced that they are cutting 900 jobs in Singapore in preparation of Seagate's acquisition. Maxtor has been in financial trouble for a while, with expected net losses of $104 million this fiscal year. Once the merger is complete in May, Seagate will become the world's largest hard disk manufacturer. Read the full story here. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Maxtor Corp (MXO.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the computer disk drive maker being acquired by competitor Seagate Technology (STX.N: Quote, Profile, Research), on Tuesday said it will cut about 900 jobs in Singapore, and cut its outlook due to the pending acquisition.... Read more...
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