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Oct 12, 2011

After iPhone’s debut, Cook must reposition Apple brand

Oct 12 (Reuters) – Apple Inc debuts its fifth
generation iPhone this week minus its visionary leader for the
first time. But CEO Tim Cook may already be thinking ahead to
his greatest challenge: repositioning the company’s fabled
marketing apparatus to safeguard the brand.

With Google Inc Android phones gaining momentum,
Cook is likely sticking to established battle plans at this
critical juncture. But longer term, he may be better off moving
the company out from under Jobs’ gargantuan shadow. The Apple
co-founder bequeathed a mystique and cachet to the brand that
will be near-impossible to replace, cultivating a community of
fans hooked on ease of use and rich content.

Oct 6, 2011

Apple’s Steve Jobs, visionary leader, dead at 56

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Steve Jobs, who transformed the worlds of personal computing, music and mobile phones, died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The co-founder of Apple Inc, one of the world’s great entrepreneurs, was surrounded by his wife and immediate family when he died in Palo Alto, California. Other details were not immediately available.

Oct 6, 2011

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dead at 56

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues.

Jobs’ death was announced by Apple in a statement late on Wednesday. The Apple.com homepage featured a black-and-white picture of him with the words “Steve Jobs, 1955-2011.”

Sep 22, 2011

HP may oust CEO, hire eBay veteran: source

By Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan

(Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co’s board convened on Wednesday to consider ousting Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job and replacing him temporarily with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a source familiar with the matter said.

HP’s board of directors — facing shareholder lawsuits and intensifying criticism from investors — is thrashing out a host of issues, including whether to name Whitman as the interim CEO, the source told Reuters,

Sep 21, 2011

HP’s board may oust CEO, hire eBay vet

By Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan

(Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co’s board convened on Wednesday to consider ousting Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job and replacing him temporarily with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a source familiar with the matter said.

The board of directors — facing shareholder lawsuits and intensifying criticism from investors — is thrashing out a host of issues, including whether to name Whitman as the interim CEO, the source told Reuters,

Sep 21, 2011

HP’s board may oust CEO, hire eBay vet -source

Sept 21 (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co’s (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) board
convened on Wednesday to consider ousting Chief Executive
Officer Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job and
replacing him temporarily with former eBay (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO Meg
Whitman, a source familiar with the matter said.

The board of directors — facing shareholder lawsuits and
intensifying criticism from investors — is thrashing out a
host of issues, including whether to name Whitman as the
interim CEO, the source told Reuters,

Sep 21, 2011

Oracle expects strong Q2, firms up tech outlook

By Sinead Carew and Edwin Chan

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp forecast earnings for the current quarter that are higher than expected, as well as robust software sales, offering some reassurance to investors hoping that global technology spending is holding up.

Its shares rose 3 percent after it said new software sales, a gauge of future profit because they generate high-margin long-term service contracts, increased 17 percent in its first fiscal quarter, ended August 31. Analysts had expected 15 percent.

Sep 17, 2011

Bachmann woos California, flaunts business savvy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann drew a rousing reception from Republicans at their California convention on Friday, raising hopes the Tea Party favorite might be able to put a faltering campaign back in gear.

Bachmann, who received a standing ovation when she took the podium in Los Angeles, touched on everything from taxes to healthcare in a rambling address, but it was her championing of small business as the backbone of the economy that resonated with an affluent, friendly crowd.

Sep 16, 2011
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Brace yourselves: (former?) video titan takes aim at Netflix

By Lisa Richwine

It’s getting crowded in Netflix-land.

The field of players battling for customers in the fast-growing online video market may soon get another big-name entrant: Blockbuster, reinventing itself under new owners Dish after a disastrous run, looks ready to launch its long-awaited move into instant video streaming next week, another shot at grabbing customers frustrated with Netflix.

Blockbuster, a unit of Dish Networks, set a press conference for next Friday in San Francisco coyly named “A Stream Come True,” where it promises to unveil “the most comprehensive home entertainment package ever.”

Sep 15, 2011
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Disney’s channel chief latest Mouseketeer to hit the road

For the second time this month, a senior Disney executive is heading for the exits.

The head of Disney Channels Worldwide, Carolina Lightcap, resigned from the company on Thursday after less than two years in the job overseeing the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior cable networks.

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