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New Media on Ulitzer Carl Icahn announced today that he had informed the Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. that he was resigning as a director of Yahoo!. Mr. Icahn told the Board that in his view there was not a need at this time for an activist director at Yahoo! Mr. Icahn indicated that there are a number of other companies on which he is currently focused and therefore would not have the time to give to the business and affairs of Yahoo! required of a Board member properly fulfilling his duties. Mr. Icahn stated that he commended Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz on the job she is doing. Mr. Icahn thanked everyone on the Board for acting so responsibly, especially in connection with the search transaction with Microsoft which he strongly advocated and participated in bringing about. Finally, Mr. Icahn indicated that he hoped to continue his relationship with Carol Bartz an... (more)

Space Monkey Beta Launches

Space Monkey's beta started Wednesday. It's taking pre-orders for its P2P device on Kickstarter, where it's looking to raise money for the project. A pledge of $99 will fetch the widget, 1TB of space and a year's subscription. A pledge of $199 buys 2TB for a year. The number of devices is limited and delivery appears set for July. A pledge of $1,000 - and it appears to have one - buys a so-called special edition device and 2TB for five years. The company says the user would work with a designer "to come up with something not even the ‘Jones's' can get their hands on." Space Mon... (more)

Orion, GE Smart Grid Deal Shows Disconnect Between Telco and Utility Nets

New Zealand electricity distribution network operator, Orion, has reportedly began a smart grid implementation with a solution from GE Energy. The project, claimed to be the first in the country, will deploy GE’s ENMAC Distribution Management System, which will help Orion monitor the distribution grid and give operators an accurate, real-time picture of power flow, trouble spots and potential workarounds for outages. The project is expected to be finished by mid-2010, and support Orion’s network covering 8,000 kilometres and 190,000 homes. “Finding proven ways to improve reliabil... (more)

Google Enterprise, Mobility and Business Transformation at Woolworths

In my research on companies that are transforming themselves by adopting an integrated SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) strategy, I came across a recent blog article by the CIO of Woolworths Limited, Dan Beecham.  I will share some excerpts from it here. Woolworths is an Australian company that was founded in 1924 in Sydney. Today Woolworths has more than 3,000 stores across Australia and New Zealand that span food, liquor, petrol, general merchandise, home improvement and hotels.  Last fall I had the honor of being invited to teach a SMAC strategy session for Woolworth... (more)

Google Scores Against Microsoft in New Zealand

New Zealand's Postal Services Group (PSG), a business inside New Zealand Post Group that connects businesses and the community through mail and online services, is moving from Microsoft to Google Apps, security, compliance and web filtering. PSG has signed a three-year agreement with Fronde, a Google enterprise partner in New Zealand, that will see Google Apps rolled out to 2,100 Postal Services Group workers. It's reportedly Google's biggest commercial win in the region so far. The post didn't say what it's spending but the Premium version of Google Apps runs US$50 a seat annua... (more)

Ulitzer Provides a Powerful Social Journalism Platform

I was reading a blog post entitled "Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict" by John Funnel this morning as I arrived in the office. Then Nancy forwarded me the following email she received from Joe Austin on Friday. Nancy was at the Jersey shore for a long weekend and she is going through her in box this morning. Joe has been a long-time Ulitzer author and has created a number of Ulitzer topics including Cloud Backup and Recovery Journal, Email Archiving Journal, GRC Journal, Green Storage Journal, Infrastructure On Demand, and SharePoint Archiving Journal. Here is Joe Austin's email ... (more)