This has been quite a week for Google as far as staffing is concerned. Larry Page, Google founder, returned as CEO on Monday after
Eric Schmidt's departure. Page's intentions are to return Google to the start-up feel that created the innovation behind Google Search and Maps. Ironically, as part of that start-up attempt, he is asking execs to sign multi-year deals to stay with the company. It turns out not everyone is interested in doing that.
One example is Jonathan Rosenburg, chief of product development for Google. He has always been open about the fact that he planned to leave Google when his children reached college age and signing a multi-year deal with our future Internet overlords interfered with that plan. He announced he will be leaving after the summer. He said it was only fair to the company to allow them to deal with the restaffing now when the shake-ups are already happening instead of waiting until plans were already being developed.
Eric Schmidt, departed CEO and future coauthor with Rosenberg, said of the leader,
Jonathan is phenomenal–hugely energetic, strategic, a man of real principle who always puts the user first. He's been crucial to our success over the last nine years and I cannot thank him enough for everything he’s done. It's been wonderful working with him–and great fun.
To read what Larry Page had to say and to see what the future holds for Rosenberg, hit the break.
Women - do you like to write software naked in your bedroom? Of course you do. Would you like to take the skills you have learned both being a software engineer and a nudist and implement them in a company that encourages both? That might not be as appealing. If it is, however, have I got the place for you. The company is called Nude House and they want to be the world's first entirely nude web software firm.
Men - I know what you're thinking: "How can I get in on this naked work environment?" The answer is simple - you must be an amazingly skilled salesperson. While the nude women can code, the nude men have to sell. Seems like a sexist organization already. That aside, if you are looking for a "warm and private" office environment located in Buckinghamshire (I know, too many words crushed together) where you can spend all day naked trying to sell while preventing sexual harassment lawsuits, you might just want to submit your resume.
Hit the break for a quote from a company spokesperson about the incredibly odd business concept.
Good news everyone.
Toshiba is going to fix 3D TVs so that you don't need to wear Revenge of the Nerds style 3D glasses to give yourself a headache around April 2012. However, the passive 3D TVs they will be serving up in the next year will still take a load off your face. I'm guessing that of the 10,000 people who care about 3D TV 6,000 know the difference between active and passive 3D glasses, 4,000 don't know the difference and 0 like wearing 3D glasses. For those who don't know, there are some distinct differences that we be listed below. The biggest change to note here is that active 3D glasses require power and passive 3D glass do not. Hopefully, this should shave off a few ounces and some of the bulk.
See if their upcoming line up of 3D TVs are worth the migraines and hit the break.
In our area of Florida we have recently had a problem with people breaking into power junction facilities and stealing copper wire to sell as scrap. We have even seen them try and cut down live wires for the copper. Apparently, this is not just a local problem. In Georgia, the country not the state, even elderly women will dig in the ground looking for abandoned copper wiring for scrap. Sometimes that process is not as easy as it sounds.
This week, one elderly woman cut a line in this search that ended up having major consequences for a lot of people. This line was a main fiber optics line that controlled Internet access for more than 3 million people in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. It is reported that she managed to accomplish this impressive act with nothing more than a basic household spade shovel.
How did she pull this off and what happened to her? Hit the break to find out.
Microsoft is playing matchmaker and thinks Silverlight and Xbox would make cute little accessory babies. The company is looking to port over Silverlight to the 360 and make the announcement sometime this week at MIX11. We talked in the past about Microsoft looking for someone to integrate not only WinPho into Xbox 360, but also someone who could integrate some of their newer software into the gaming console. Leaks out of the Microsoft camp hint that this has been in the development phase for "some months" and would really drive home the Xbox/WinPho gaming combination to the next level. Another leak reports that we may see an application for the Xbox 360 that would allow you to copy over WinPho 7 programs over to the 360.
For what we might see with this, hit the break.
Nokia has always been the worldwide leader of market share in the mobile world but only was third in market value. This week, however, HTC's rapidly growing popularity has caused the company to overthrow Nokia in the third rank as HTC posted record profits this quarter, making them the third largest phone maker behind Samsung and Apple.
HTC brought in a net income of $513 million in the first quarter, almost triple of last year and 20% higher than what analysts projection for the company.
Sales had a lot to do with this, too. HTC was one of the biggest benefactors of the Android operating system and sales were doubled because of it. HTC projects their sales to continue and their profits to soar this quarter as they are releasing their first tablet.
Will HTC's success continue after Android's announcement last week that they're
moving to a more strict guideline for their platform? My speculation lies after the break.