Tech Industry

Year in review: Point/Counterpoint

News.com's Newsmakers section provided a boxing ring for the likes of Carly Fiorina and Walter Hewlett, the MPAA's Jack Valenti and Gateway's Ted Waitt, and Scott McNealy and Uncle Sam.

 







Point/Counterpoint

Tech's movers and shakers put up their dukes.


Carly Fiorina versus Walter Hewlett. Jack Valenti against Ted Waitt. Scott McNealy versus Uncle Sam...

Throughout 2002, CNET News.com provided an arena in which the technology world's movers and shakers could take their best shots.

The storied battle between Hewlett, one of the scions of the Hewlett and Packard families, and Fiorina, the controversial CEO determined to break with tradition, made for the most dramatic soap opera since "The Sopranos."

Outsider Fiorina bet she could convince Hewlett-Packard shareholders to approve a controversial plan to acquire Compaq Computer. Nothing less than her job was on the line--and when it was over, she got what she wanted.

But not before Walter Hewlett, son of an HP co-founder, and a board member himself, gave her a serious run for the money.

In the weeks before the big merger vote, both sat down with News.com to plead their cases.

In other areas, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer spent the better part of a year struggling to explain just what his company's .Net strategy would mean to customers and developers, and the big shake-up at AOL Time-Warner claimed former highfliers Bob Pittman and Barry Schuler, neither of whom was able to revive the media giant's sagging online service. Now it's up to Jonathan Miller, who can either enter the tech history books as the man who saved America Online or the captain who went down with his ship.

Scott McNealy, for his part, proved yet again that he's not one to mince words. "I'm glad it makes everyone feel good," McNealy said of Washington's post-Enron fuss about corporate accountability, "but it's not going to do much."

And what compilation of the year's top newsmakers would be complete without including interviews with Jack Valenti, the Napster-hating chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America; and Gateway CEO Ted Waitt, whose no-holds-barred Q&A expressed Silicon Valley's prevailing contempt for the entertainment industry's position on CD burning and copyright protection.

--Charles Cooper


Opening up about HP
Son of an HP cofounder, Walter Hewlett launched a surprisingly effective campaign to mobilize opposition to the HP-Compaq merger. Why did he spend all that time, effort and money? Read on.

February 14, 2002

Can Fiorina sell it?
Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina sits down with News.com to lay out her case for the mega-merger between HP and Compaq Computer--only days prior to the big vote.

March 13, 2002

An end to digital piracy
Jack Valenti, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, speaks up as file-swapping digital technology threatens to wreak havoc with the film industry's tried-and-true business model.

April 4, 2002

The brains behind Kazaa
After a long self-imposed quiet period, Sharman Networks CEO Nikki Hemming breaks her silence about her company's controversial file-swapping technology and the future of digital music.

April 23, 2002


Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic strip, spills his guts on his plans to become a Web mogul and conquer the business world--all from a nice cozy cubicle, of course.

May 28, 2002

Ted Waitt takes on Hollywood
When it comes to digital downloading, Silicon Valley and Hollywood remain miles apart. Gateway's CEO explains why the entertainment industry's position on copyright protection is old hat.

May 28, 2002

Behind the Slashdot phenomenon
He oversees a no-holds-barred community sounding board where the tech industry swaps news, views and gossip. Founder CmdrTaco explains how a simple nerd site became something much bigger.

June 24, 2002

AOL's miracle man?
Adios Bob Pittman, hello Jonathan Miller. The new CEO of America Online got the job he wanted. But now the pressure's on to get the online-services giant back on track, before it's too late.

August 7, 2002

At the center of the patent storm
The W3C's Danny Weitzner helped decide whether the Net standards body should back technologies with preexisting intellectual property claims--and royalties--attached. What was at stake? A lot.

September 24, 2002

Scott McNealy: Crooks will still be crooks
Never shy about speaking his mind, Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy has a word or three on moves to enact corporate reforms after a wave of business scandals rocked Wall Street.

September 25, 2002

Ballmer: Tangled in .Net
Steve Ballmer has his hands full explaining to the world just why the company's .Net initiative was the cat's meow. It's tough going, but Microsoft's exuberant CEO is used to being in the hot seat.

October 11, 2002

 


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• Darwin John: Chief information officer for the FBI
• Douglas E. Van Houweling, Internet2 guru
• Language expert Geoffrey Nunberg
• Anthony Townsend: NYU scientist