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Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Steve Ballmer on Tuesday severed the last of his official ties with Microsoft -- he resigned from the board of directors. Ballmer gave up his CEO role in February. Ballmer's other duties have become too pressing for him to focus on Microsoft, he wrote in a letter addressed to CEO Satya Nadella. "I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off," Ballmer said, citing his recent purchase of the Clippers, along with civic work, teaching and other responsibilities. [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday jointly announced the Samsung the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is essentially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet, rebranded and preloaded with B&N's content. The move immediately sparked a not-quite-favorable comparison to Amazon. "It's an impressive effort, but even if they take a beachhead, they can't hold it," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "Amazon can easily afford to counter them if they need to, and it is more likely to run them out of business more quickly." [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites. Historically, few Linux distros have catered to serious game playing. The few that did are mostly now discontinued or inactive. [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Apttus and Adobe-Echosign earlier this year conducted a survey of more than 100 Fortune 1000 sales leaders, focusing on perennial blind spots for sales managers. Among their just-released findings: One in four companies don't have sufficient KPI insights for average pipeline multiple, deal size, quote-to-cash cycle time and win rate; four out of 10 companies require three days or longer to generate a quote; 50 percent of companies have experienced costly mistakes on quotes; and one in three companies are not managing renewals effectively. [More...]

 

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