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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'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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
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
Here is Joe Austin's email ... (more)