When you’re the head of one of the nation’s four largest mobile carriers, you’ve got access to a lot of phones. You’ve probably got to try them out all the time. But do you ever have access to so many phones that you forget which is which, or that the iPhone in your hand is not, in fact, a Samsung Galaxy phablet?
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Microsoft has today announced that chief executive officer Steve Ballmer will retire “within the next 12 months.” Ballmer will continue to carry out his role while the company seeks a successor, aiding its transformation into a devices and services company — but he will depart once a suitable replacement is found.
On Friday June 7th 2013, Google’s CEO Larry Page posted on Google’s official blog denying all allegations that the search engine giant is part of the PRISM program. The methodology behind PRISM basically enables the government to obtain direct access to the company’s servers.
Now that former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson has been fired from his CEO gig at JC Penney, there’s a lot of talk about whether or not the man who created the juggernaut of Apple’s retail experience will return to Cupertino, to fill the very role he vacated back in 2010.
In an interview with Bloomberg, former Apple CEO John Sculley was asked about what Ron Johnson should do now. Sculley notes that one of the best things about our business culture is that we allow people to fail, and that hiring Johnson would be a coup by any company.
First headhunter on the list? It should be Samsung, says Sculley.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere kicked off the company’s press event in New York City today with an aggressive yet entertaining onslaught against rival carriers. He called for the likes of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to “stop the bullshit” with traditional subsidy models, which T-Mobile has now abandoned in favor of its new “Uncarrier” plans.
Late last week, Instagram — now owned by Facebook — confirmed it had disabled Twitter integration, and the ability for users to see Instagram “cards” or previews in their timelines. While it’s not a massive issue for Twitter users, who will still gets links to Instagram photos, it marks the first major breakdown between the two social services since the Facebook acquisition.
But things could have been very different. Weeks before Facebook bought Instagram, Twitter was close to acquiring the photo sharing service for just $525 million.
Larry Page stepped to the blog today to announce the completion of Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. It was a nine-month ordeal which finally closed thanks to a “thumbs up” from China. Larry goes on to thank former CEO Sanjay Jha, and to talk about his replacement, Dennis Woodside. Larry had nothing but positive words for Dennis and his transition to CEO of Motorola Mobility:
Bloomberg is reporting that Motorola Mobility will soon have a new CEO as Google plans to replace Sanjay Jha with long time Googler Dennis Woodside. This move won’t take place until the acquisition is complete of course, but it shouldn’t be long as it has already received approval from the Europan Commission and the United States Department of Justice. There’s no word on whether or not Sanjay would still play a role in Motorola Mobility or if he would be out completely but I’m sure he’ll be well compensated either way.