Tech News of the Week: 01/11/2009 – 01/16/2009

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Ok, some good news and some bad news.. Some are not so good either.. anyway… hope you had a nice weekend. Not like me.. 🙁

From PC Magazine News
Google’s New Home Page Tool—Where Is It?
by Michael Muchmore

At the same time everyone was focused on the miraculous US Airways New York plane crash, Google on Thursday unveiled a new tool that lets users create their own personal theme for iGoogle.

Though the company has previously made available tools for custom theme creation, they have been aimed squarely at folks with developer chops and knowledge of XML and APIs. Continue…

China Makes Arrests in Internet Porn Campaign
by Reuters

BEIJING – Chinese police have arrested 28 suspects in an expanding crackdown on Internet pornography that authorities vowed will be no “flash in the pan,” official media said Friday.

The campaign to scrub the country’s Internet of “vulgar” content has so far resulted in 29 criminal cases and police have ordered the removal of 46,000 pornographic and other “harmful” items from websites, the Xinhua news agency reported. Continue…

Yahoo’s Bartz Gets $19M Compensation Package
by Reuters

NEW YORK – Yahoo Inc’s new Chief Executive Carol Bartz will receive a compensation package of about $19 million in 2009, in addition to a bonus and stock options, according to a regulatory filing on Thursday.

Bartz’s appointment, confirmed earlier this week, is seen paving the way for the Internet company to make decisions on major issues including a sale or search deal with Microsoft Corp. Continue…

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From AOL Tech News
Motorola to Cut 4,000 More Jobs
by AP: filed under: Financial Crisis, Tech News

NEW YORK (Jan. 14) – Mobile handset maker Motorola Inc. says it will cut 4,000 more jobs in 2009, in addition to 3,000 it announced in December.

The company says the move will save about $700 million a year starting in 2009, totaling $1.5 billion in annual savings when combined with the previous cut. Continue…

AMD to cut 1,100 workers, 9 pct of staff
by JORDAN ROBERTSON

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to cut 1,100 jobs, 9 percent of its global staff, and slash the remaining employees’ pay as the chip maker hopes its third round of layoffs in a year can help it get through a brutal market for computer sales.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said Friday that 900 workers will have their positions cut. The rest of the reductions are coming from attrition and the previously announced sale of a business unit. Continue…

Yahoo Fills Vacant Chief Executive Spot
by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 13) – Yahoo Inc. named technology veteran Carol Bartz as its new chief executive Tuesday, bringing in a no-nonsense leader known for developing a clear focus – something that has eluded the struggling Internet company during a three-year slump.

The decision to lure Bartz, 60, from software maker Autodesk Inc. ends Yahoo’s two-month search to replace co-founder Jerry Yang, who surrendered the CEO reins after potentially lucrative deals with rivals Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. both collapsed. Continue…

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From Inquirer.Net Tech News
NCC gets P80M for e-center project
by Lawrence Casiraya

MANILA, Philippines–The National Computer Center (NCC) has received fresh funding in its goal of building broadband-connected telecenters in each municipality within the next three years.

The NCC completed in April last year a three-year plan that outlines efforts to create new community e-centers (CeCs) while maintaining existing CECs. Continue…

‘The world’s best job’ website crashes
Philippine Daily Inquirer

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—One Greek woman promised to do all of Australia’s laundry and clean up after the kangaroos. An Australian apparently had a tattoo advertising her love of the Great Barrier Reef etched onto her arm. And a few people just took off their clothes.

Desperate to snag what’s being billed as the “Best Job in the World,” thousands of people from across the globe have submitted video applications to the tourism department of Australia’s Queensland state for its latest advertised vacancy—a A$150,000 ($100,000) contract to relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the island. Continue…

DUE TO ‘REDUNDANCY’ Accenture RP lays off 500 workers
by Lawrence Casiraya

MANILA, Philippines – Outsourcing firm Accenture said it is laying off at least 500 workers in the country due to a “redundancy” program.

In a statement sent to INQUIRER.net, the company said it is implementing a redundancy program “to balance the skills of its workforce against the demand from its clients”. Continue…

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Last modified: January 19, 2009

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