Tech News of the Week: 01/04/2009 – 01/10/2009

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It’s been a week since I went back to work. But I still have that Holiday hangover.. 🙂 Anyway, just downloaded the ISO for Linux Ubuntu 8.10. Hopefully, I’ll be able to install it this weekend.

From Cnet News
Skype thrives amid tough economy
by Marguerite Reardon

LAS VEGAS–The sinking economy has actually been a good thing for Internet telephony service Skype.

Scott Durchslag, the company’s chief operating officer, told reporters during a press conference here at the Consumer Electronics Show that Skype is actually seeing a surge in new users as people look for ways to cut their phone bills. Continue…

Yahoo reportedly near decision on new CEO
by Steven Musil

Yahoo is said to be wrapping up its search for a new chief executive, and a decision could come as early as next week, according to a report late Thursday in The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the search pioneer.

Yahoo’s board is reportedly leaning toward a candidate from outside the company, the newspaper reported. Carol Bartz, the former chief executive officer of engineering software company Autodesk, is considered a candidate, the Journal reported. Continue…

Positive Energy sheds light on home energy
by Martin LaMonica

If Daniel Yates, founder and CEO of Positive Energy, hits his goal this year, he’ll unplug the equivalent of 75,000 homes.

The Arlington, Va.-based company late last month revealed that it has raised $14 million from New Energy Associates to build up its software service designed to cut home electricity use. Continue…

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From ItMatters.Com.Ph News
Top ten predictions for Asia Pacific’s IT
From ItMatters.Com.Ph

ALTHOUGH TROUBLED ECONOMIC TIMES are in store for the global economy in 2009, global ICT research and advisory firm XMG firmly believes that the enterprise use of IT and offshoring is still the catalyst in driving business efficiency and cost savings for the region.

Furthermore, IT industry economics will force alignment with the principle of complexity reduction and economizing IT budgets. As identified by the survey completed at the end of 2008, good guidance and wise investment tops the list of decision makers for 2009. Continue…

Can Web 2.0 really work for Enterprise 2.0?
by Madan Sheina

In spite of its roaring success on consumer IT desktops, considerable scepticism still remains about the value of Web 2.0 in business organisations. Can Web 2.0 technologies like wikis, blogs and social networking really help to grow a business and make the leap to Enterprise 2.0?

Like open source, Web 2.0 concepts now deserve corporate consideration. Continue…

Layoffs and retraining; climate change
by Dennis Posadas

Texas Instruments announced over the holidays that it will be laying off 400 workers. We might be seeing similar headlines in the next few weeks and months. As we come off our long Christmas furlough, it looks like the clouds of doubt will again envelop us.

But we should also look at situations like these as opportunities to retrain our laid off workers. Continue…

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From Inquirer.Net Tech News
BPO growth in 2009 similar to 2008
by Alexander Villafania

Filed Under: Technology (general), business process outsourcing (BPO)

MANILA, Philippines — Amid a looming economic slowdown in the Philippines for 2009, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is expected to remain strong. However, growth will be as big as 2008, an official of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) said. Continue…

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Last modified: January 9, 2009

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