BlackBerry was amazing over several jobs and three presidents. We have had one for so long that we remember the days when people would say: "Your calculator is ringing." ... But BlackBerry stopped serving us: The last several models we tried would freeze all the time, held only a couple of photos, and were set for some foreign alphabet, producing odd automatic accent marks. ... More and more, folks regarded our trusty 'Berry with bemusement, condescension -- even pity.
(For more, check out Fortune's recent feature: "RIM: What the hell happened?")
The series of hires, promotions and departures is in part an effort by Twitter to strengthen and grow out its organization, much in the same vein as its older, wizened — and, notably, publicly traded — Silicon Valley competitors, Google and Facebook. But while it is one of Twitter's most ambitious shuffling and hiring efforts yet, it isn't occurring without disturbing a few existing players.
Mark Hurd sells Oracle's cloud in the Oracle style [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
The selling, overseen by Mark V. Hurd, Oracle co-president, is already serious. "Unlike anyone else, we are supplying every layer in the stack" of technology that makes up cloud computing, Mr. Hurd said in an interview. "If you don't get every part right, you are in deep trouble." Since building it, "we've been very focused on engineering the system, educating the market on its value," he said.
The future of TV (maybe) [FORTUNE]
The latest entrant is NimbleTV, which lets viewers watch and record anything, anytime via its website. ... The startup acts as a broker, managing a subscriber's relationship with providers, passing on most of the fee to providers and keeping a small percentage.
Facebook app center officially opens for business [LOS ANGELES TIMES]
Facebook has officially swung open the doors of its new storefront to make it easier to find apps your friends are using. It's Facebook's latest effort to make more money from its huge audience as investors impatiently wring their hands over slowing revenue growth at the world's most popular online hangout.
Léo Apotheker's disastrous tenure as HP's CEO revealed a dysfunctional company struggling for direction after a decade of missteps and scandals. Can his replacement, Meg Whitman, fix the tech giant?
By James Bandler with Doris Burke
FORTUNE -- A few months after she took over as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) last September, Meg Whitman held one in a series of get-to-know-you meetings with employees. To say the audience, a group MOREMay 8, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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* Verizon Wireless (VZ) ruffled some feathers after users of its high-speed 4G network experienced the fourth outage of the year and the third this month alone. Also, news of a $2 surcharge fee for one-time credit or debit card payments conducted via phone or online spread, somewhat inaccurately, causing customers MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 30, 2011 6:00 AM ET
It didn't help that Best Buy asked it to take back its tablet which was a dud with consumers. But its core businesses aren't doing well either.
FORTUNE -- A report that Best Buy wants Hewlett-Packard to buy back all the TouchPad tablet computers that the retailer is storing, unsold, couldn't have been timed worse. HP is slated to announce its third-quarter results on Thursday, and while the TouchPad makes up only MOREAug 18, 2011 11:18 AM ET
A change in sales strategy is behind a drop-off in revenues, but Mark Hurd says it's all in service of more profit down the line.
FORTUNE -- Mark Hurd may have an impressive track record selling hardware for his former employer, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). But that hasn't translated to immediate success at Oracle Corporation (ORCL), where Hurd now serves as president. The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company's hardware business fell short of expectations in an MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jun 24, 2011 12:27 PM ET
Is Oracle getting into the acqhiring game?
FORTUNE -- Oracle's (ORCL) acquisition of FatWire is all about the company putting itself in front of end customers. That is, it's more or less a retail play.
FatWire is a "customer experience management company," which means that it helps businesses make their online services work better. Its products include content management, community forums, mobile platforms and the like. ReadWriteWeb says Oracle is "deepening its MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 22, 2011 12:28 PM ET
Big firms like HP supposedly inhabit the safe, stable sector of tech. But everything from the Japanese earthquake to an uncertain mobile future has led CEO Leo Apotheker to a moment of reckoning.
FORTUNE -- Last week, Cisco's troubles were made painfully apparent when the company announced there would be layoffs, likely in the thousands.
Then on Monday Bloomberg News got hold of a memo from Leo Apotheker, CEO of Cisco's (CSCO) MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 18, 2011 1:04 PM ET
Oracle and NetSuite go after customers with the same kinds of needs, but they've carved out their own turfs, and are about to get even cozier.
FORTUNE -- Larry Ellison is cheering for Oracle and NetSuite. Not surprising, considering the billionaire tech mogul (and Oracle founder and CEO) is a major shareholder in both companies. But now Oracle (ORCL) and NetSuite (N) have more than Ellison's stake in common -- they're MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - May 16, 2011 2:34 PM ET
Hewlett Packard can never write the Mark Hurd scandal out of its history. But have wholesale executive changes at least helped new management turn the page?
FORTUNE -- It's been a rough several months for Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) board. First they had to deal with a scandal that led to the sudden departure of their Chairman and CEO. Then they had to begin a search for new leadership. Finally, a third of MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Mar 31, 2011 2:16 PM ET
Léo Apotheker's vision for Hewlett Packard is a familiar shade of Big Blue.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
Behold the new HP. After a series of scandals, a change in CEOs and a rebuilding of its board, the tech giant revealed the new HP to the world: It's still very much a company that wants to be another company -- IBM.
Watching CEO Léo Apotheker and other HP (HPQ) executives present their vision last MOREMar 21, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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