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Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Alternative Investment Management this weekend sent a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, urging her to consider merging with SoftBank. That request came a few days after Starboard Value sent Mayer a missive recommending that Yahoo acquire AOL. The proposals are independent of one another, but the investors making them are following the same line of reasoning. Shareholders want to see results from the investments they have made and they are easily frustrated when companies don't take steps to monetize certain assets or follow certain strategies. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Microsoft on Tuesday pulled back the veil on the successor to Windows 8 -- Windows 10. Windows 10 is a combination of the best elements of the popular Windows 7 OS, along with some of the touchscreen-friendly features and functionality of Windows 8. Microsoft also kicked off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort with the new Windows Insider Program, which is meant to help provide feedback to the company. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10, as well as the latest builds. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Darkcoin this week announced that it has exited beta and is now ready for mainstream use. Also, the software's code is now open source. Darkcoin -- a Bitcoin competitor -- is the first fully open source cryptocurrency with financial privacy built directly into the software, its developers claimed. Open-sourcing financial software is vitally important, they said, because it instills confidence that users' financial privacy is protected, which in turn leads to greater trust in the software's quality and performance. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
There was a lot to like at Salesforce ExactTarget's Connections 2014 user conference in Indianapolis last week. Now all that's needed is a shorter name. The words "marketing cloud" need to be fitted in there too, but I forget how. Perhaps it's ExactTarget's Midwest roots, but I can see a genuine concern for the customer emanating from the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud and it plays well. Companies too often are unaware of what their moments of truth even are, and consequently -- and inadvertently -- they disappoint customers. [More...]

 

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