New leadership shakes up Valley (week in review)
Familiar faces return to the helm at Apple and Google, while HP replaces four board members. Also: Google readies Groupon clone.
Three tech icons announced this week major leadership changes that took Silicon Valley by surprise.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs got the ball rolling by announcing he isfrom the company he co-founded more than 30 years ago, leaving many to wonder who might be in line to be his successor.
Jobs, a pancreatic cancer survivor, announced in an e-mail to employees that he would be stepping away indefinitely from his day-to-day duties at Apple but would retain the title of chief executive. Chief Operating Officer
But the next obvious question then becomes, is Cook the person who could, if called upon,
Over at Google, its ruling triumvirate was shaken up by the announcement that, while co-founder Larry Page will become CEO. Sergey Brin, who has also shared power with the two others, will work on "strategic projects," Google said.
Schmidt, who was hired by the co-founders in 2011 to become Google's CEO, will focus on external partnerships and business deals starting on April 4, when Page will take over the day-to-day management role. Schmidt said in a blog post that Page, "in my clear opinion, is ready to lead."
Meanwhile, just a few months removed from the Mark Hurd scandal, Hewlett-Packard's board of directors is getting a makeover with theand the addition of a new seat.
The timing of the
After being rebuffed in a buyout offer for social-buying market leader Groupon, the Internet giant is working on a daily-deals competitor called Google Offers.
The FCC and Justice Department give the OK to the new joint venture between Comcast and NBC Universal but put several conditions on the deal.
In a quick about-face, the social network is temporarily disabling a new tweak that gave third-party apps the ability to record someone's address and cell number.
Phone maker cancels the launch of a smartphone slated to be exclusive to AT&T's network in the U.S.
The company's decision to remove the option to add titles to the DVD queue from streaming devices sets off criticism from Netflix customers.
Concluding HTML version numbers are a relic of a bygone age, Ian Hickson adopts a "living document" approach. Not so the W3C standards group.
Tablets continue to be top products for consumers worldwide, according to a new study from IDC. They're led by Apple's iPad, which has nearly 90 percent market share, the company revealed.
New date for the 787 Dreamliner factors in the time Boeing needs to produce, install, and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels following an onboard fire.
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